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Oil company acquires former ranch of Lummis family

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 15, 2014 at 5:38 pm •  Published: May 15, 2014

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A major oil company has acquired a 5,000-acre ranch southeast of Cheyenne that less than two months ago belonged to U.S. Rep. Cynthia Lummis and her family, records show.

A limited liability company held the Lummis Ranch South Camp for six weeks before transferring it to Houston-based EOG Resources, formerly known as Enron.

EOG is ramping up oil drilling in southeast Wyoming, targeting the deep Niobrara shale and Codell sand foundations with potentially dozens of new wells south and east of Cheyenne. And it has begun drilling at least four Niobrara oil wells on the former Lummis property five miles southeast of Cheyenne, according to the Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission website.

Lummis is a member of the Energy and Mineral Resources Subcommittee and is closely involved in oil and gas development issues before Congress. Petroleum interests donate to Lummis' campaigns more than any other industry, and top EOG officials contributed to her 2010 re-election campaign.

Public records suggest a third-party transfer between the Lummises' ownership of the Lummis Ranch South Camp and EOG.

The Lummis family's Arp and Hammond Hardware Co. transferred the Lummis Ranch South Camp property to a limited liability company March 20. Six weeks later, on May 1, Cheyenne-based Frontier Plains, LLC, transferred the ranch to EOG, according to documents on file with the Laramie County Clerk's Office.

Lummis' spokesman, Joe Spiering, provided few specifics when asked about the transactions other than that the first involved a land exchange. Lummis has a minority interest in her family's ranching operations and the March 20 transaction was a value-for-value land exchange that resulted in no profit or loss, according to Spiering.

"New agriculture land has been acquired in this exchange. Other replacement property is yet to be determined," Spiering wrote.

"As a life-long rancher, I am a fierce proponent of production agriculture in the state of Wyoming. I look forward to continuing to be a steward of land that I love in the state that I love," Lummis said in an emailed statement through Spiering.

Lummis and her husband are longtime residents of a home in Cheyenne, according to Spiering.

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