AAPL Governmental Affairs Weekly Report - 2/10/20

  • 1.  AAPL Governmental Affairs Weekly Report - 2/10/20

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    Following please find highlights from the AAPL Governmental Affairs Weekly Report for the week of February 10, 2020. The full report is attached to this post.

    STATE - LEGISLATIVE: Local Control; Oil and Gas Applications – Colorado. On January 15, HB20-1126 was introduced by Rep. Lori Saine (R). Current law allows the director of the oil and gas conservation commission to delay the final determination regarding an oil and gas permit application pursuant to specified objective criteria. The bill repeals this authority and specifies that if a local government that has so-called “House Bill 1041 authority” (C.R.S. 24-65.1-102) approves an oil and gas application, the commission or director shall approve the application for a permit to drill. Read more.

    STATE - LEGISLATIVE: Expedited Permitting – West Virginia. (Update to 1/20/20 Weekly Report) As of February 5, HB 4091 passed both houses of the legislature. The purpose of the bill, introduced by Del. William Anderson (R), “is to allow for expedited oil and gas well permitting and expedited oil and gas well permit modifications upon the payment of applicable expedited fees, the designation of the proceeds of such expedited fees, and the daily pro rata refund of the expedited fees if the permit is not approved between the 45th and 60th days after the submission of a permit application, and daily pro rata refund of one-half of the modification fees between the 10th and 20th days after the submission of a permit modification application; all generally related to horizontal well oil and gas permitting.” Read more.

    INDUSTRY NEWS: EIA predicts higher U.S. oil and gas output through 2050. U.S. energy production should continue to outgrow energy consumption through 2050, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) in its Annual Energy Outlook 2020, released January 29. Domestic crude oil production forecasts 14 million b/d by 2022—up from more than 12.6 million b/d in late 2019—then remains near that level through 2045, then a decline to 2050. U.S. natural gas production is projected to grow at a faster rate than consumption through 2050. The EIA also estimated the U.S. will be a net energy exporter through 2050. Read more.


    Russell Cohen
    AAPL Governmental Affairs


  • 2.  RE: AAPL Governmental Affairs Weekly Report - 2/10/20

    Posted 9 days ago
    It would be fantastic if HB20-1126 passed. With our Democratic controlled legislature, it's not likely, which is unfortunate. 

    Michelle Smith
    VP Land
    The Quiat Companies
    Denver, CO
    720 723 2770