Re: So long GL 36
I wouldn't immediately jump to the idea that SGL 36 is going to become some sort of industrial hot zone and will be of no value to hunt. Lets review the facts.
SGL 36 is about 19,000 acres total. Of that, the PGC owns roughly 70% of the oil and gas rights. Currently this whole region is being developed all around the Game Lands, and SGL 36 is getting surrounded by activity. it makes good sense to take a measured approach to manage the impacts and take advantage.
The lease up for bid is for only about 3,177 acres. Which equals about 16% of the land area of the SGL.
For this lease, the operators will be limited to TWO (2) well pads only and locations pre-determined by the PGC. With an avarage well pad location being about 5 acres, that totals 10 acres+/- of surface disturbance. That's not even 0.1% of the land area affected. Yes there will be some temporary increase in activity during drilling and fracking, but that is also limited during hunting seasons by the lease terms. The locations will be near or adjacent to existing road infrastructure in order to minimize construction and habiatat disturbance, avoid wetlands and rocky areas, avoid critical habtats, and avoid conflicts with PGC surface habiatat management activities.
With the per acre bonus set at $2,000 per acre, the rental is expected to be a little over $6 million. It is a royalty bid, and the minimum acceptable royalty was set at 20%. The PGC policy is that much of the money from oil and gas development goes back into land acquizition escrows to replace surface habitat losses, and the intent is to acquire lands in the same Region and county as where the development happened.
It is possible that no bidders will come to the table with the given set of restrictions. The gas markets are volitile and things are changing every day. Just because a bid is offered doesn't necessarily mean that activity will definately occurr.