Presenter: Corky Kuhlmann

Commission Agenda Item No. 13
Action
Nomination for Oil and Gas Lease - Dimmit and La Salle Counties
Chaparral Wildlife Management Area
November 5, 2009

I. Executive Summary: This item is a request for the recommendation by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission (Commission) to the Board for Lease for Parks and Wildlife Lands for the nomination of Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) mineral interests at Chaparral Wildlife Management Area.

II. Discussion: Minerals owned by or held in trust for TPWD may be leased by the Board for Lease for TPWD lands under Natural Resources Code §34.051 for the purposes of prospecting or exploring for and mining, producing, storing, caring for, transporting, preserving, selling, and disposing of the oil, gas or other minerals. State lands are typically offered for lease sale at scheduled intervals. The Board for Lease has traditionally respected the recommendations of the Commission relative to leasing minerals owned by TPWD. The Board for Lease has received a nomination at the Chaparral Wildlife Management Area (CWMA) for a lease sale offering. The CWMA comprises 15,200 acres with a 1/6th mineral ownership by TPWD.

Staff recommends the Commission approve a recommendation for the lease to the Board for Lease of Parks and Wildlife Lands with the condition that a surface use agreement be negotiated between TPWD and the winning bidder of the 1/6th TPWD mineral interest at the CWMA.

III. Recommendation: The staff recommends the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission adopt the following motion:

"The Executive Director is authorized to recommend nomination for oil and gas lease to the Board for Lease for Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Lands, all mineral interests owned by TPWD at the Chaparral Wildlife Management Area and to negotiate and implement a Surface Use Agreement between TPWD and Lessee that adequately protects TPWD's property."

Attachments - 3

  1. Exhibit A - Location Map
  2. Exhibit B - Vicinity Map
  3. Exhibit C - Site Map

Commission Agenda Item No. 13
Exhibit A

Location Map
Dimmit and La Salle Counties

Location of Dimmit and La Salle Counties in relation to the State of Texas

For help in interpreting this map, please contact Corky Kuhlmann.


Commission Agenda Item No. 13
Exhibit B

Vicinity Map
Chaparral WMA

Location of Chaparral WMA in relation to Cotulla and Artesia Wells

For help in interpreting this map, please contact Corky Kuhlmann.


Commission Agenda Item No. 13
Exhibit C

Site Map
Chaparral WMA

Location of Chaparral WMA in relation to Ranch Rd 133

For help in interpreting this map, please contact Corky Kuhlmann.


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