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EWG INVESTIGATION

 

1: Executive Summary

2: About Oil/Gas Leases

3: Oil & Gas Impacts

4: Bush Admin Rollbacks

5: The Spin on Drilling

6: Hotspot: Roan Plateau, CO

7: Hotspot: Otero Mesa, NM

8: Hotspot: Rocky Mtn Front, MT

9: Hotspot: Powder River Basin, WY

10: Hotspot: Book Cliffs, UT

11: Oil, Gas, Political Cash

12: EWG Recommendations

13: Methodology

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Who Owns The West?

Prima Oil & Gas Co
1099 18th St Ste 400
Denver, CO 80202

Ranks #26 out of 8,608 active lessees in 12 Western US states, based on total acres leased.
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Active Leases held by Prima Oil & Gas Co and its subsidiaries

Leases: Current Leases | Leases held since 1982 | PAC contributions | Production

Region Current Leases  
Leases Acres
Leased
Producing
Acreage
 
The United States (ranks #26 of 8,608) 349  312,430  76,241  
 Colorado (ranks #1,066 of 1,342) 4  215  34  
  Moffat County 1  181  0 map
  Weld County 3  34  34 map
 Montana (ranks #191 of 1,116) 7  4,268  1,246  
  Big Horn County 2  2,022  0 map
  Carbon County 4  1,246  1,246 map
  Powder River County 1  1,000  0 map
 South Dakota (ranks #71 of 96) 4  454  40  
  Harding County 4  454  40 map
 Utah (ranks #16 of 871) 56  74,621  19,820  
  Carbon County 19  19,057  60 map
  Emery County 6  9,997  0 map
  Sanpete County 1  9,118  0 map
  Summit County 15  21,036  19,760 map
  Utah County 15  15,413  0 map
 Wyoming (ranks #23 of 3,618) 278  232,872  55,101  
  Big Horn County 5  920  680 map
  Campbell County 80  43,495  15,855 map
  Converse County 72  50,617  20,342 map
  Crook County 1  470  470 map
  Fremont County 7  6,900  480 map
  Hot Springs County 1  238  0 map
  Johnson County 20  16,179  5,498 map
  Natrona County 35  25,420  2,125 map
  Niobrara County 5  11,181  4,391 map
  Park County 1  845  845 map
  Sheridan County 6  3,992  0 map
  Sublette County 32  62,157  0 map
  Sweetwater County 7  6,411  1,493 map
  Uinta County 1  646  0 map
  Washakie County 2  720  240 map
  Weston County 3  2,681  2,681 map

NOTE: EWG's estimates of leases that are currently producing oil or gas are constrained by the accuracy of information in BLM's Land and Mineral Records 2000 database, and may represent an overestimate. We have identified cases for which BLM has failed to enter the data necessary to identify particular leases on which production has ceased. An EWG request for more accurate production data is currently being processed by the Department of the Interior.

Source: EWG analysis of leasing and drilling records in 12 western states, contained in the Bureau of Land Management's Land and Mineral Records 2000 database, acquired by EWG May 15 2004.


Production of oil and gas by Prima Oil & Gas Co

Year Oil Produced Gas Produced
BarrelsConsumed in1000
cubic feet
Consumed in
198914,189(71 seconds)0(less than a second)
199013,599(69 seconds)0(less than a second)
199115,098(78 seconds)0(less than a second)
199219,904(2 minutes)1,150(1.8 seconds)
199322,074(2 minutes)6,155(9 seconds)
199431,159(3 minutes)18,978(28 seconds)
199542,637(3 minutes)22,786(32 seconds)
199642,565(3 minutes)16,263(23 seconds)
199738,789(3 minutes)93,654(2 minutes)
199864,681(5 minutes)1,169,650(28 minutes)
1999112,973(8 minutes)2,131,058(50 minutes)
2000139,694(10 minutes)2,202,717(50 minutes)
2001117,211(9 minutes)1,789,001(42 minutes)
2002108,891(8 minutes)1,276,842(29 minutes)
2003109,050(8 minutes)5,253,470(2.1 hours)
Total*892,514(5 minutes (avg per year))13,981,724(23 minutes (avg per year))

NOTE: Production information includes oil and gas production for both the parent company and its subsidiaries. A listing of subsidiaries is included below.

* Consumption rates listed in table reflect national average consumption during the entire available period of record for oil and gas production on western lands (typically 1989 through 2003). Consumption rates were compiled by EWG from U.S. Department of Energy data.

EWG analysis of oil and gas production data contained in Oil and Gas Operations Report 1989-2003 database, Minerals Management Service, received August 16 2004 in response to Freedom of Information Act request filed by EWG

Political contributions from individuals, PACs, soft money associated with Prima Oil & Gas Co

Contributions Election Cycle
2000 2002 2004 2000-2004
Total $0 $1,500 $0 $1,500
Republicans $0 $1,000 $0 $1,000
Democrats $0 $500 $0 $500

Source: Environmental Working Group analysis of federal campaign contribution data compiled by Center for Responsive Politics.

Subsidiaries ofPrima Oil & Gas Co

Subsidiaries
Prima Expl Inc

Information on subsidiaries and parent companies shown here represents our best estimate of corporate structure at the time of this website release, and are drawn from various publicly available sources. Please report any noted omissions and errors to EWG with a credible source or citation. Thank you.