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Spacing and Intergration Order County Line Field

The Oil, Gas and Solution Mining Law requires public notice and hearing to implement field-wide spacing and integration rules when necessary to prevent waste, provide greater ultimate recovery of the hydrocarbon resource and protect the correlative rights of all owners, including landowners. Public hearings took place in Painted Post on March 25 & 26, 2003, on the matter of field-wide spacing and integration in the County Line Field. This field is located in the town of Catlin, Chemung County and the towns of Dix and Montour in Schuyler County and the town of Hornby in Steuben County. The proposed spacing units were established by a spacing order dated December 7, 2005 and an integration order dated February 8, 2007.

Operator: Fortuna Energy Inc.
Unit Sizes for Wells Drilled Prior to the Order: 499-636 acres
Unit Sizes for Future Wells: 320-640 acres
Minimum Spacing Between Future Wells: 9,000 feet (along strike of a common geologic feature)
Extension Well Distance: 5 miles

Hearing Documents

Assistant Commissioner Interim Decision dated May 24, 2005
Finds that there is one adjudicable issue concerning the western boundary of the proposed Youmans Unit and remands to the ALJ to conduct an adjudicatory hearing to decide the issue. Affirms ALJ ruling denying Buck Mountain party status. Instructs Department staff to prepare an Interim Order establishing the Roy, Purvis, Whiteman and Peterson units and integrating interests in those units.

County Line Issues Ruling dated February 20, 2004
Finds that there is one adjudicable issue concerning the western boundary of the proposed Youmans Unit. Grants Western Land Services' request for party status.

County Line Field (Ruling 2) dated September 19, 2003
Grants Department's request to hold the issues ruling in abeyance until the declaratory ruling is issued.

County Line Field (Ruling on Motion for Stay) dated June 23, 2003
Grants Department's request to hold the issues ruling in abeyance until the declaratory ruling is issued.

County Line Field (Ruling on Motion for Recusal) dated June 23, 2003
Denies Western Land Services, Inc.'s motion for recusal of ALJ DuBois from the County Line Field hearing.

Administrative Order between Fortuna Energy Inc. and NYSDEC dated March 17, 2003 (PDF, 80 KB)
Executed order whereby Fortuna Energy Inc. assumes all outstanding regulatory responsibilities related to the Youmans 1511, formerly owned by Pennsylvania General Energy Corp.

Joint Agreement between Fortuna Energy Inc. and NYSDEC dated February 21, 2003 (PDF, 44 KB)
Adds and updates Exhibits incorporated into the stipulation dated December 30, 2002.

Stipulation among NYSDEC, Fairman Drilling Company, and Pennsylvania General Energy dated December 30, 2002 (PDF, 88 KB)
Sets forth proposed spacing and integration rules for the field. This stipulation is binding upon Fortuna Energy Inc. as successor to both Fairman and Pennsylvania General Energy.

Administrative Order between Fortuna Energy Inc. and NYSDEC dated November 4, 2002 (PDF, 65 KB)
Executed order whereby Fortuna Energy Inc. assumes all outstanding regulatory responsibilities related to wells formerly owned by Fairman Drilling Company in County Line Field.


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