Compact Comments
July/August 2007

IOGCC’s Annual Meeting in New Orleans is coming soon

Register today for the Register today for the IOGCC Annual Meeting in New Orleans, Sept. 23-25, 2007, at the Omni Royal Orleans Hotel.

The meeting will offer valuable information about American energy and how it is affecting the nation and the world today. Participants will have access to governors from IOGCC’s member states, discover environmentally-sound ways to increase the supply of American energy as well as attend the first meeting of the new International Committee.

Join us for what promises to be an exciting and informative meeting in one of America’s energy hot spots, New Orleans. We hope to see you there.

Key Dates

Early Registration Cut-off
Friday, August 24

Hotel Room Block Cut-off
Friday, August 24

Room availability is limited. Call 1-888-444-OMNI and mention IOGCC Gov. or IOGCC Corp. to reserve your room today.

Denver summit to address languishing oil market in Rockies

IOGCC Chairman Gov. John Hoeven of North Dakota will host a Rocky Mountain Crude Oil Market Dynamics Summit, Sept. 4-5, 2007, in Denver, Colo., to address market conditions in the region that could threaten domestic production.

Since early 2006, oil producers in the area have received as much as $25 to $30 per barrel less than what was paid for similar quality oil in other regions of the country.

As a result, North Dakota, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, South Dakota and Utah have lost millions of dollars in revenues that would have been reinvested into more development, production of domestic energy, jobs and economic activity.

Last year, due to lower prices, North Dakota lost $19 million that would have gone to help fund schools and state government programs, according to Ron Ness, president of the North Dakota Petroleum Council.

The IOGCC, as a steward of domestic petroleum resources, began studying this issue under the leadership of 2006 IOGCC Chairman Gov. Dave Freudenthal of Wyoming. A task force composed of representatives from Rocky Mountain states, Canada and federal agencies explored the crude oil market dynamics in the region that were resulting in lower prices and developed its recommendations earlier this year.

“It is the intent of the IOGCC to further the work of the task force to develop the valuable resources in this region,” said Hoeven. “This summit will bring together a cross-section of the region’s stakeholders involved in all aspects of the crude oil market from extraction to final destination for the purposes of education, dialogue and planning for the future.”

Governors attending the summit will participate in a forum to promote an open discussion on how to resolve and prevent future problems from occurring not only in the Rocky Mountain region, but across the United States.

Brian Jeffries, executive director of Wyoming Pipeline Authority, stressed the importance of participation by all key stakeholders in the Rocky Mountain region crude oil industry.

“The continuing collective efforts of the state governments, local producers and the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission are essential to the development of adequate infrastructure to bring our resource base to market,” said Jeffries.

More information and registration for the summit are available online. Questions should be directed to Amy Wright, IOGCC federal projects manager, at (405) 525-3556, ext. 117.

Split Estate Subcommittee status report

The Split Estate Subcommittee was formed November 2006 under the Legal and Regulatory Affairs Committee, which is a standing committee of the IOGCC. The subcommittee was formed under the chairmanship of David Brooks, assistant general counsel for the Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department of New Mexico to study oil and gas split estates development issues.

The subcommittee will be presenting a preliminary draft report at the IOGCC Annual Meeting in New Orleans, Sept. 23-25, during the Legal and Regulatory Affairs Committee session. This draft report will be distributed and posted on the IOGCC Web site for comment and will be presented at the IOGCC Midyear Issues Summit in Calgary, May 2008. A final report is expected to be presented again at the Legal and Regulatory Affairs Committee session at the IOGCC Annual Meeting in Santa Fe, November 2008.

The subcommittee’s final report will contain background information, identify issues and suggest alternatives for legislative consideration to deal with the identified issues. There will also be an overview of how states are dealing with the split estates issues and an appendix listing legal writings and other source materials.

The Split Estate Subcommittee would like to welcome interested persons to participate in making recommendations for its final report.

Members of the Split Estate Subcommittee are A. George Mason of Kentucky, Barbara Fullmer of Alaska, David Brooks of New Mexico, Don Mason of Ohio, Gail Watkins of Texas, Jack Wilhelm of Texas, Joe Cook of Alabama, John Norman of Alaska, John W. Morrison of North Dakota, Keith Thomas of Oklahoma, Kenneth Wonstolen of Colorado, Ralph Bean of West Virginia, Scott Perry of Pennsylvania, Timothy Dowd of Oklahoma, Tom Craddick of Texas, Marc Bond of Alaska, Perry Pearce of Colorado, Scott Ogan of Alaska, Erick Nording of Kansas, William Barr of Kentucky and Robin Stead of Oklahoma.


  • Gov. Hoeven appointed five representatives to the IOGCC U.S. Environmental Protection Agence Task Forcem established by a memorandum of understanding between the two agencies. The members of the task force will play a leading role for the IOGCC as negotiations between the two organizations proceed.

    The representatives are Victor Carrillo of Texas; Bill Sydow of Nebraska; Lynn Helms of North Dakota; and Larry Bengal and Michael Munger of Arkansas.

  • Steve Molina of Texas has been appointed to a twoyear term as chairman of the IOGCC’s new International Committee after serving on the International Task Force.

  • Marie Crosley of Alaska has been appointed as the new vice chairman of the IOGCC’s Public Lands Committee.

  • The Kansas Corporation Commission appointed Doug Louis as director of conservation. Louis replaces Maurice Korphage who resigned in April for an opportunity in the business sector.

  • IOGCC Vice Chairman Victor Carrillo appointed Justin Furnace as his new chief of staff and legal counsel at the Railroad Commission of Texas. Carrillo also appointed Furnace to IOGCC’s Legal and Regulatory Affairs Committee.

    Furnace has replaced Kay Molina, who has accepted a new position as general counsel of the Texas Building and Procurement Commission in Austin, Texas.

  • IOGCC is set to co-sponsor the 14th Annual International Petroleum Environmental Conference Nov. 6-9, 2007, in Houston, Texas.

    For registration information log onto

  • Join regulators and industry representatives from across North America in Vancouver, British Columbia, Sept. 17-18, 2007, for the British Columbia Oil and Gas Commission Symposium – “Regulatory Roundup.” The roundup will be a regulatory forum aimed at providing regulatory agencies and industry operators an opportunity to share best practices on a number of top issues. For more information visit

  • The 8th Annual Texas Trade & Investment Mission to Mexico – Energy Sector has been set by Gov. Rick Perry’s office. The event will be held Aug. 27-29, 2007, at the Maria Isabel Sheraton Hotel in Mexico City. Gov. Perry will be leading the delegation and will be joined by Secretary of State Phil Wilson; Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson; PUC Commissioner Julie Parsley; TCEQ Commissioner Buddy Garcia and Railroad Commission of Texas Commissioner Victor Carrillo.

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