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1 Update on Water Issues in Wyoming IPAMS Summer 2007 Meeting Vail, Colorado Brian Jeffries Executive Director Wyoming Pipeline Authority.

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1 1 Update on Water Issues in Wyoming IPAMS Summer 2007 Meeting Vail, Colorado Brian Jeffries Executive Director Wyoming Pipeline Authority

2 2 What is the Wyoming Pipeline Authority? Board of Directors appointed by Governor Mission (i) to promote the infrastructure necessary to produce oil and gas assets of the state and (ii) to promote access to high value markets If it can move in a pipeline, its within our charter Bonding capability to $3 Billion Not a regulatory, enforcement, rate making or policy setting body

3 3 Issue - Authority over water quantity Topic of proposed bill in legislature – DEQ to regulate quantity of water in association with permit (SB 55) Topic of proposed regulation developed by Environmental Quality Council (EQC) Opinion of State Attorney General – the State Engineer has authority – Governor vetoed regulations proposed by EQC Petitioners appealing to State District Court

4 4 Quantity response State Engineers Office considering regulations Requirement that channel have sufficient capacity to receive projected quantity Limitations on discharges to channel capacity Presented possible statute language at May 30 th Coal Bed Methane Task Force Meeting

5 5 Issue - Water/Gas Ratio According to Wyoming Geological Survey, 18% of wells two years or older have a W/G ratio above 10. Roughly 10% have a ratio above 20 What ratio over what period of time should be allowable for a given well?

6 6 Water Gas Ratio Response State Engineer considering limitations on permits Presented possible statute language at May 30 th Coal Bed Methane Task Force Meeting Review of W/G ratio after initial period of time (2 years?) W/G ratio required below threshold to automatically retain permit?

7 7 Issue – Watershed based permitting process Alternative to company by company permitting Would yield generic permit with conditions applicable to all operators Twelve step process Willow Creek and Pumpkin Creek initial candidates Industry and environmental groups appealed result

8 8 Proposed Water Pipeline WPA seeking support for a 1 Million Barrel per day pipeline from central location in Powder River Basin Steel or HDPE pipeline - 42 Two potential destinations – Madison Formation in Teapot Dome Field, North Platte near Casper.

9 9 How much water? Source: WOGCC and Coal Bed Methane Task Force

10 10 What does 1 MM BBls per day or 47,000 acre-ft/yr or 64 cubic feet per second look like?

11 11 Water conversions 1 MM barrels/day = 42 MM gallons/day 42 MM gallons/day = 5,615 mcf/day 5,615 mcf/day = 64 cfs

12 12 Teapot Dome Field Casper

13 13 Water Pipeline – steps taken Initial high level engineering review Two rates developed, one for Teapot Dome one for North Platte Gross assumptions for rate design – 100% debt, ten year debt retirement, project full on day one and full for ten years.

14 14 Water Pipeline – commercial steps taken Non – binding expressions on interest sought around two rates Four responses so far, two responded with quantity, one reflects need for different alignment, one is not interested Awaiting additional responses Answers depend on determination of drilling plans etc.

15 15 What is the appeal of the pipeline? Producers - Economic and regulatory certainty State – no trans-basin diversion issue (Teapot Dome), no state line water quality issue, no surface discharge issue, added opportunities for conservation and utilization

16 16 Rocky Mountain Oil Field Testing Center – revenue, EOR applications Other parties – Municipal use, augment stream flows, power plant use, IGCC, Coal to liquids plants, ag use. (credit to cost of service to producers from income) Storage in Madison provides for extended application of water beyond dictates of water production timeline What is the appeal of the pipeline?

17 17 Questions define next steps Is there enough producer interest based on next best alternatives? Can this be a water development project? Can we have access to the $500K appropriated by the legislature? Every day delayed is a day of water lost to amortize the costs.

18 18 Water Pipeline – points to consider When can the pipeline be in service? How reliable is the rate estimate? Does this exclude other solutions? Does the State support of the idea? Answers to follow

19 19 Brian Jeffries Executive Director Wyoming Pipeline Authority June 22, 2007 IPAMS – Vail, CO (303)


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