State Flooded with Intent-to-Drill Bids / Due to Fee Placement

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The Oklahoma Corporation Commission was flooded with intent-to-drill applications during the final week before fees were placed on those applications and others at the commission.

Levying of the fees had been approved by the commission earlier this year as a way to generate income for operating the commission. The $100 fee placed on intent-to-drill applications alone is expected to generate $712,000 for the commission, based on the number of applications made during the fiscal year ended June 30, 1987.

Other applications at the commission, such as public utility, transportation and commercial soil farming, are expected to combine with the intent-to-drill applications to generate approximately $1 million annually for the commission.

Potential oil and natural gas well operators filed an average of 59 applications daily during the week prior to the May 1 deadline.

The commission processed 93 intent-to-drill applications on May 2, the final free application day, since those applications had been received by the commission the previous Friday, said Rick Connor, manager of the statistical department in the commmission's oil and gas conservation division.

By Tuesday, the applications had dwindled to 26, with only four including the $100 fee. The remaining 22 were sent back to the operators. . .

- The final payment of a $575,000 gift for the University of Oklahoma's Rock Mechanics Laboratory has been given to the institution by the Halliburton Foundation.

The gift was used to establish the laboratory, which studies rocks in oil and natural gas-producing reservoirs to improve drilling technology and production of the fuels. Rock mechanics investigates the forces acting on rocks, the deforming of rocks under the conditions present in reservoirs and the behavior of fluids within the rocks.

The laboratory is located in the OU Energy Center. …