Trucking Firm Eyes Gas Production

Phoenix Transportation LLC transportation company provides vacuum truck services necessary for construction, drilling, completion and production of natural gas wells in the Woodford Shale formation.
Brandon Quarles, Greg McClellan and Jackie Croxton are co-owners who bring nearly 70 years of combined experience to the industry. The company employs 20 people and plans to hire another 40 to 50 people from the McAlester community within the first year.
Quarles, president of the McAlester-based trucking company, moved to McAlester from Arkansas in July after working with companies drilling the Fayetteville Shale in northwest Arkansas. He saw the potential in serving the exploration and production companies operating in the Woodford Shale natural gas. McAlester, being in the heart of the Woodford Shale formation, was a natural choice for a base of operations.
“They are going to be drilling for at least another two years,” Quarles said. “The Woodford Shale is giving a good return for these producers. And, they will always need transportation.”
Since its inception in December, Phoenix had added major oil and gas companies XTO Energy Inc., Petrohawk and QuestStar as clients.
“A top priority for Phoenix Transportation is to better the local community by providing jobs to McAlester residents and forming partnerships with established local companies by using their services,” said Quarles said.
Priding itself on superior customer service, Phoenix Transportation aspires to achieve continuous growth.
Growth plans include additional trucking services for the Woodford Shale formation by providing frac tanks, winch trucks, gin pole trucks and pipe yard storage. Expansion to the Haynesville Shale formation is already under way. Phoenix Transportation secured 12 acres in Minden, La., and anticipates operations to start as early as mid-2009. Expansion to the Marcellus Shale natural gas field is slated later this year.
Colorado Royalty Owners,
Williams Near Agreement
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Royalty owners sued Williams to recover unpaid royalties, claiming Williams’ predecessor, Barrett Resources Corp., underpaid royalties by failing to account for all the gas obtained, failing to pay the full amount due for the natural gas liquids removed from the gas stream and improperly deducting the cost of gathering, processing, and transporting the gas to the commercial marketplace from the royalty payment.
Colombia’s Ecopetrol and Norway’s StatoilHydro ASA agreed to jointly drill three exploratory wells over the next two years in the deep waters of the U.S. Gulf of Mexico.
Appeals Court Upholds Ruling On Royalty Cost Deductions
A federal appeals court in Washington affirms a lower court’s decision upholding the Department of Interior’s interpretation of which costs can be deducted when producers calculate royalties owed for the production of natural gas on federal lands.
A second long-term forecast for the 2009 Atlantic hurricane season, this one from Andover, MA-based WSI Corp., predicts above-average storm activity, though possibly not as much as the 2008 season.
Williams’ Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line, or Transco, places the first phase of its Sentinel expansion into service, increasing firm capacity into the northeastern U.S. by 40,000 dekatherms per day.

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