Vol. 6, Issue No. 6



Thank you to everyone who participated in the 2023 Clay Shoot + Oil Patch Pit King Challenge last week. We enjoyed a morning of fun and fellowship and are grateful for all of the participants, sponsors, and volunteers who came together to produce a great event.

In this version of The Standard, we provide a recap of recent events the PBPA has been involved with, an update on the DSL listing, and other important information. As always, we also provide details on upcoming PBPA events and other relevant community activities:

Important Updates

  • 2023 Annual Meeting
  • RECAP: Clay Shoot & Oil Patch Pit King Challenge
  • RECAP: West Texas Legislative Summit
  • DSL Extension Request
  • Abilene RRC Office Update
  • Membership News
  • Committee Meetings

Community Events

  • Midland College PPDC Training Courses
  • Additional events can be found on the calendar in the Member-Only Center!


Ben Shepperd

PBPA President

2023 Annual Meeting



Sponsorships and Registrations are now open for the 2023 PBPA Annual Meeting.


The 61st Annual Meeting will feature an evening reception on the 27th followed by a full day of informational speakers, panels, and networking.


The official agenda and speaker information will be available soon, but we encourage you to reserve your spot early for this event!

We are honored to announce that New Mexico Speaker of the House Javier Martinez (D-Bernalillo) will be one of the guest speakers at this year’s Annual Meeting. Speaker Martinez has served in the New Mexico House since 2015 and was elected to serve as the 28th Speaker of the House in January 2023.

More details and information will be shared as the event nears. Check our website for updates as they become available.

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RECAP: Clay Shoot + Pit King Challenge

Friday's Clay Shoot + Pit King Challenge went off with a Bang! 💥

Thank you to everyone who participated in the shoot, sponsored, cooked, and volunteered to make the event a success.

Special Recognition:

  • 2023 Oil Patch Pit King: Schlumberger
  • 1st Place Overall: Dunagin Transport
  • 2nd Place Overall: Tuboscope NOV
  • 3rd Place Overall: Texas Pacific Water Resources

Special thanks to Fasken Oil & Ranch for their sponsorship of the photography. Check out more of the official event photos on our social media or website!


RECAP: West Texas Legislative Summit

Earlier this month at the West Texas Legislative Summit, our President, Ben Shepperd, participated in a panel titled “Energy: Positioning America to Lead the World”.

The panel was moderated by Congressman August Pfluger and touched on the importance of West Texas’s contribution to Energy Security. Mr. Shepperd was able to speak on the work PBPA is doing to fight the listings of the Dunes Sagebrush Lizard and Lesser Prarie Chicken by the USFWS and protect operations in the Permian Basin.

The panel also included Congressman Michael Burgess, Congressman Marc Veasey, Congressman Randy Weber, and Railroad Commission of Texas Chairman Christi Craddick.

The PBPA was proud to sponsor this event and thanks the San Angelo Chamber of Commerce for the invitation to participate!

DSL Extension Request

The PBPA is currently working on comments regarding the proposed listing of the dunes sagebrush lizard (DSL) under the Endangered Species Act by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service). We are also planning to submit a request today, August 14th, for an extension of the public comment period before the final submission of our more extensive comments. The request will also include an invitation for the Service to hold an additional public meeting in Midland, TX before the close of the public comment period.

This issue is being worked through our Species, Habitat, and Operations Commission (SHOC). If you are interested in engaging in this committee or supporting these comments, please let us know.

Abilene RRC Office

The Abilene office of the Railroad Commission of Texas is moving. The new location will be at 1969 Industrial Blvd, Abilene, Texas 79602. The new office will open for regular business on Friday, September 1, 2023. The office’s telephone and fax numbers will remain the same.

If you have difficulty reaching the Abilene office during this transition, please call 512-463-6838. 

Member News

Oxy Receives Grant from DOE for DAC Hub

1PointFive, a wholly owned subsidiary of Occidental, announced today it was selected to receive a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Clean Energy Demonstrations (OCED) for the development of its South Texas Direct Air Capture (DAC) Hub. The hub, to be located on the King Ranch in Kleberg County, is expected to include the world’s first DAC plant designed to remove up to 1 million metric tons of CO2 per year.

The selection enables 1PointFive to enter award negotiations with OCED and work in partnership to establish the South Texas DAC Hub. OCED funding will support 1PointFive’s development of the DAC Hub through the advancement of planning, detailed design, environmental permitting, and procurement of long-lead equipment.

“We appreciate the U.S. Department of Energy’s leadership to advance Direct Air Capture and look forward to our partnership to deploy this vital carbon removal technology at climate-relevant scale and establish the United States and 1PointFive as global leaders in demonstrating the commercial viability of DAC,” said President and CEO Vicki Hollub. “We believe this selection validates our readiness, technical maturity and the ability to use Oxy’s expertise in large projects and carbon management to move the technology forward so it can reach its full potential.”

1PointFive’s lease agreement for the South Texas DAC Hub with King Ranch covers approximately 106,000 acres of pore space estimated to accommodate up to 3 billion metric tons of CO2 in saline formations. 1PointFive estimates that the Hub has the potential to remove and store up to 30 million metric tons of CO2 per year through DAC. The property is located near industrial emitters on the Texas Gulf Coast, where CO2 also can be captured, transported and securely sequestered at the Hub.

1PointFive, along with its partners Carbon Engineering and Worley, is working on the front-end engineering and design for the first DAC plant slated for the South Texas Hub. The design is being adapted from Stratos, 1PointFive’s first commercial-scale DAC plant under construction in the Permian Basin. Preparations are underway to drill test wells at the South Texas Hub site to gather geologic data required to obtain a Class VI well permit to safely sequester CO2.

1PointFive will also establish programs to serve the local communities under its Community Benefits Plan, which promotes local hiring, workforce development opportunities, educational initiatives and community engagement and investment to further support equity, justice and quality job creation in the region. The first DAC plant at the South Texas DAC Hub is expected to create approximately 2,500 jobs in construction, operations and maintenance.

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Other PBPA Events

Committee Meetings

  • Regulatory Practices Committee: September 19, 2023

For more information on these or any of our other committees, please contact Stephen Robertson at stephen@pbpa.info or (432) 684-6345.

Community Events

PPDC Programs

MC PPDC provides quality training programs designed to keep oil and gas industry professionals current in their areas of expertise by offering the latest industry updates, as well as providing timely and pertinent educational opportunities. Click the link below for upcoming classes being offered by the MC PPDC in the coming months.

Customized Training Available! For more information contact Midland College PPDC at (432) 683-2832 or cepetroleumtraining@midland.edu

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