Not a MyNAP member yet? Register for a free account to start saving and receiving special member only perks. The committee and panel believe that even with the changes that are expected to occur under EPACT, a portion of the program will still focus on the areas addressed by the panel, so that any insights provided by the panel could help the Office of Oil and Natural Gas even as it transitions under EPACT The four subprograms are discussed in more detail in the next section. The panel chair also interacted with and provided feedback to the committee chair, the consultant, and NRC staff during the study.
While the market dictates the price oil can be sold at, the costs to produce oil are largely constant, causing price fluctuations to massively affect upstream oil companies. Many oil wells were hit hard by the low oil prices, especially small rigs and stripper or marginal wells. NWSA estimates there are over , stripper wells operating that contribute The government has created incentives for these types of companies to keep operations running smoothly. A stripper well is, simply put, a well that produces a very low amount of oil or gas - see tax definitions in the paragraph below. Because of this, the well can only earn a profit when the price for oil rises above the critical break-even level. Despite the difference, the terms are often used interchangeably by the government for tax purposes.
U.S. Energy Information Administration - EIA - Independent Statistics and Analysis
Stripper wells, or wells that produce small volumes, represent an important but decreasing share of total U. EIA estimates that there were about , stripper oil wells so called because they are stripping the remaining oil out of the ground in the United States operating at the end of , compared to about 90, nonstripper oil wells. Wells become stripper wells through the normal decline of producing wells, some of which may have at one time been very prolific. These wells usually have low ongoing maintenance costs and relatively low transportation costs to move their products to distribution systems. As long as these wells are economically feasible, they are kept active and may continue to produce for many years.
To be eligible for the tax rate the operator shall apply for and receive division approval. No project or expansion the division approved prior to March 6, qualifies. The operator shall also file one copy of the application and attachments with the appropriate division district office. Approval and certification.