DHS energy help is available
The Oklahoma Department of Human Services will begin taking applications next month for assistance from the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). Applications will begin Dec. 11 and be on a first-come, first-served basis. Applicants will need to provide identification, income verification and their most recent heating bill. “Many households, but not all, that are currently receiving public assistance through (DHS) may be automatically authorized for LIHEAP and will not need to make an application,” said Cari Crittenden, program coordinator. “These households will be notified in early November of their eligibility.” Eligibility for the home energy assistance program is based on household income and assets. Low-income households not receiving other public assistance may be eligible for home-energy assistance. To apply, applicants should go to their county DHS human services centers. A list of centers and phone numbers is online at okdhs.org/okdhslocal/
Chesapeake cited in arts support
Chesapeake Energy Corp. has been named to a list of the top 10 companies for private-sector support of the arts. Allied Arts nominated Chesapeake for inclusion on the list by Business Committee of the Arts, citing Chesapeake's support of the arts in Oklahoma City and other areas of the country in which the company operates. BCA recognized Chesapeake, the only Oklahoma-based nominee, for its sponsorships of arts programs, guidance to arts organizations, employee volunteerism and the creation of community arts events. “Chesapeake is honored to be recognized by Allied Arts and the BCA 10 as we believe the arts are an integral part of our community and society, enhancing the education and quality of life in the communities where our employees live and work,” said Chesapeake CEO Aubrey McClendon. “We believe everyone should have access to the arts, and our support reflects that goal. Chesapeake is committed to financially supporting our arts community and encouraging our employees and their efforts to foster creativity, innovation and civic pride.”
Chesapeake trust to pay royalty
Chesapeake Granite Wash Trust will pay a distribution of 63 cents per common unit related to production on royalty interests between June 1 and Sept. 30. Subordinated units will receive 22.08 cents each. Distribution will be paid on Nov. 29.
Kimray earns certification
Oil field equipment manufacturer Kimray Inc. has earned certification from the American Petroleum Institute and International Organization of Standardization confirming its products and processes are of the highest quality. “ISO registration recognizes our efforts to provide the best possible product to our customers worldwide,” CEO David Hill said. “I want to commend our employees for their dedication and teamwork in achieving this goal.” Kimray implemented procedural changes, training, increased documentation and adjusted its operating systems to earn the certifications. The company will be subject to regular audits to ensure its compliance with performance standards.
Panhandle's reserves increase
Panhandle Oil and Gas Inc. increased its total proved reserves by 12 percent in fiscal year 2012, the company announced this week. Panhandle estimated its total proved reserves were 124.7 billion cubic feet of natural gas equivalent as of Sept. 30. The company was able to boost its production and new reserves by increasing drilling activity in several plays in western Oklahoma and the Texas Panhandle. Panhandle also purchased acreage in the Arkansas' Fayetteville Shale that included 193 producing wells. “This strategy continues to add to and build on the company's reserve base year over year,” CEO Michael C. Coffman said. “We expect to continue to expand our reserve base and increase production volumes in fiscal 2013 by drilling on our existing minerals and leasehold. Mineral acreage or producing property acquisitions would further add to this growth.”
Kirkpatrick adds vice president
Kirkpatrick Oil Co. has added Tim Newville as its vice president of operations. Newville, a 31-year veteran of the oil and natural gas industry, most recently was resource development manager for Chesapeake Energy Corp.'s eastern division, spearheading the company's operations in south Texas' oil-rich Eagle Ford Shale. Newville is a University of Oklahoma graduate who is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers. Family-owned Kirkpatrick Oil, established in 1950 by John E. Kirkpatrick, has oil and natural gas operations in Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas, Colorado and Louisiana.
From Staff Reports