Oil & Gas Update

Gas groups began filing for water rights the first quarter of 2010. The companies include BP, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, and the Southern Ute Indian Tribe. They are filing applications for rights to water that comes out of their wells during the process of producing natural gas. “The oil and gas industry is only seeking the water rights associated with oil and gas production," said Bruce Gantner, a ConocoPhillips environmental consultant who is handling comments about the company's application. But some observers of the process called it a ‘water grab’ and question the legal framework for the gas companies' claims. “I think that the applications are overreaching, and they're very broad, and they're probably speculative, as well," said Amy Huff, a water attorney.