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News From The Oil Patch 11/16/2015

Baker Hughes reports 767 drilling rigs actively exploring for oil and gas across the US Friday, down four rigs for the week.  In Canada there were 176 which is down nine.  Independent Oil & Gas Service reports 44 active rigs across Kansas, and 134 total inactive rigs.  The state shut down one more rig and stacked two more. There were 18 active rigs east of Wichita, down one, and 25 in western Kansas, unchanged.  Independent reports active drilling at one site in Ellis County and one in Russell County.  Drilling was expected to commence soon at one site in Ellis County and one site in Barton County.
The Geological Society's Nomenclature Committee recognized and named seven new oil and gas fields in Kansas at their meeting October 28th.  The total number of new fields this year is 82, 39 fewer than a year ago.  
There were 37 permits issued for new drilling locations across Kansas last week.  That's 2,069 so far this year (corrected).  For the month of October there were 214 drilling permits issued for new locations across Kansas.  That's 2,016 so far this year.  There were 136 new permits issued east of Wichita, and 78 in western Kansas.  That includes six in Barton County, six in ellis County, two in Russell County and five in Stafford County
Independent Oil & Gas Service reports 54 new well completions last week, for ayear-to-date total of 3,449.  There were 30 completions in eastern Kansas, with two dry holes, and 24 west of Wichita where there were six dry holes reported.  Barton County reported five completions including one dry hole and there was one completion in Ellis County. Independent reports 242 new well completions statewide last month, for a year-to-date total of 3,330.  We spotted six new well-completions in Barton County including two dry holes.  The ten completions reported in Ellis County included two dry holes.  All three completions in Stafford County last month were dry holes.  Russell County reported five completions of producing wells.  There were 94 new completions east of Kansas with ten dry holes.  West of Wichita we see 148 completions including 36 dry holes.  
The Associate Press reports on a traffic jam of oil tankers, with more than 20 million barrels of crude, along the Texas coast this month.  Some traders see that snarl as the latest sign of an unyielding global supply glut.  More than 50 commercial vessels were anchored outside ports in the Houston area at the end of last week, of which 41 were tankers.  Houston Pilots, an organization that assists in navigation of larger vessels, says the normal traffic is 30 to 40 vessels, of which two-thirds are tankers.  Commodity researcher Matt Smith of ClipperDatasays the glut of supply in the global market is getting worse. Several traders said some of those ships might have arrived without a buyer, which can be hard to find as ample supply and end-of-year taxes push refiners to draw down inventories.
Saudi Arabia is taking on more debt to finance its strategy of driving US shale and other high-priced producers out of business.  In August, the country announced plans to sell $27 billion in bonds to make up for its budget deficit, which could reach 20% of GDP because of the plunge in oil prices. Now, the OPEC giant is reportedly prepared to run up its debt to 50% of annual GDP over several years of borrowing in order to cement its hold on the global oil market. In a report by the Financial Times, unidentified Saudi officials gave no indication how much in total the country is prepared to borrow, but half of GDP could mean hundreds of billions of dollars in bond sales.
US warplanes for the first time attacked hundreds of trucks on Monday that the extremist group has been using to smuggle the crude oil it has been producing in Syria.  According to an initial assessment, 116 trucks were destroyed in the attack, which took place in an area of eastern Syria controlled by the Islamic State.
The number of oil wells in North Dakota that have been drilled but not completed topped 1,000 for the first time in September.  Producers are putting off turning them on in hopes crude prices will soon recover.  The milestone highlights the immense cost pressure companies have come under in the past year as crude prices have dropped more than 50 percent.  Fracking alone can account for nearly two-thirds of a well's cost in North Dakota.  Today more than 8 percent of oil wells in the state are sitting idle, storing their crude and natural gas in rock miles underground until prices rise.
Marathon Oil has signed an agreement for the sale many of its operated producing properties in the Gulf of Mexico for $205 million.  The buyer will assume all future abandonment obligations for the assets, which represent a majority of the company's properties in the Gulf. Closing is expected before year-end.  Marathon retains interests in other assets and acreage in the Gulf.

News From The Oil Patch 11/9/2015

President Barack Obama rejected TransCanada's request to expand the Keystone oil pipeline with a second international crossing.  The move has been a flash point for critics from the right and left.  Mr. Obama’s denial of the proposed pipeline comes as he is seeking to build an ambitious legacy on climate change and comes just ahead of a major UN summit meeting on climate change in Paris in December.  President Obama asserted the pipeline would not make a meaningful long-term contribution to the economy, would not lower gas prices, and would not enhance energy security.
Two environmental groups have warned Oklahoma oil and gas companies of their intent to file a federal lawsuit over the links between wastewater disposal wells and the state's sharp rise in earthquake activity.  The public interest law firm Public Justice served a "notice of intent to sue" on behalf of the Oklahoma Sierra Club.  They plan to bring a lawsuit under a 1976 law which allows citizen lawsuits over hazardous waste. They want the companies to reduce the volumes of wastewater injected into disposal wells. They also want to establish an "independent forecasting body" that will investigate, analyze and predict the cumulative effect of injecting production wastewater.
Independent Oil and Gas Service reports a small spike in the number of inactive drilling rigs in Kansas.  An additional ten rigs are reported stacked.  Add another three drilling rigs shutdown awaiting contracts for a total of 134 total inactive rigs.  The broad count east of Wichita was 19 active rigs, down one, and 25 active rigs in western Kansas, up one.  They were about to start drilling at two sites in Barton County Friday. 
Across the US there were 771 active drilling rigs according to Baker Hughes, down four.  There were 185 in Canada, down six.
There were just 36 new drilling permits issued across Kansas last week, for a year-to-date total of 2,032.  Last year at this time we had more than six-thousand new permits on file.  There were 13 new permits issued east of Wichita, 23 in western Kansas, including two in Barton County.
As to completions last week, Independent Oil & Gas Service reports 65 statewide, 3,395 so far this year, which is down from 4,881 at this time last year.  Ellis County had three completions including one dry hole last week.  Russell report one completion, which was also a dry hole.  Stafford County reports one new well completion.  There were 25 completions reported in eastern Kansas last week, and 40 west of Wichita, of which 11 were dry holes.
The Kansas Corporation Commission reported just 216 intent-to-drill notices filed for the month of October across the state of Kansas.  That's up from the 154 filed in September but dramatically lower than the 662 filed in October of last year.  So far this year the count is  2,078.  There are seven new intents on file in Barton County, six in Ellis County, two in Russell County and six in Stafford County.
The attorney general of New York has begun an investigation of Exxon Mobil, seeking to find out what the oil giant knew about the possible risks of carbon-induced climate change and when.  This move is drawing a lot of flak.  Forbes magazine hit the nail on the head, tweeting it's like "blaming your cavities on the corn farmer who sold syrup to Coca-Cola.  Pundits on the left admit successful prosecutions are not likely but say the investigation could well expand to include other oil companies.
The Wall Street Journal reports the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries is moving to rein in costs as its members struggle to pay their dues amid a lengthy price slump.  The cartel has delayed new hires, reduced training sessions for staff and scaled back travel.  OPEC has also ruled out for now an increase in the $2.4 million annual fee that each member pays to be part of the group.
In September, the U.S. recorded its biggest-ever monthly surplus of goods with members of OPEC: $1.4 billion. The U.S. is also on track to post its first annual goods surplus with OPEC since the government began keeping records in 1985.  Just a few years back the U.S. posted a $126.7 billion DEFICIT in goods with OPEC that was mainly about oil. 
Enbridge Inc. of Canada plans to spend $5 billion building three oil storage facilities in the Gulf of Mexico region.  According to the Wall Street Journal, a company official says it's part of a “full frontal assault” aimed at fortifying the company's strategic position in the U.S. market.  If the national oil-export ban is lifted, the terminals would position Enbridge, one of the world’s largest oil logistics companies, at the forefront of a huge new industry. Enbridge’s Gulf Coast plan calls for three terminals between Houston and New Orleans. Each could have crude storage tanks, ship docks, pipelines and other infrastructure to allow for both the import and export of U.S. and Canadian crude as well as processed condensate and refined products.
An auction for the rights to drill for oil on North Dakota state lands raised $8.4 million.  The state Department of Trust Lands auctioned exploration rights to more than 10,500 acres in nine western North Dakota counties.  The average payment ranged from just more than $1 per acre in Sioux County to more than $10,700 per acre in Mountrail County.  The money goes into trust funds that benefit education.
Marathon Oil has signed an agreement for the sale many of its operated producing properties in the Gulf of Mexico for $205 million.  The buyer will assume all future abandonment obligations for the assets, which represent a majority of the company's properties in the Gulf. Closing is expected before year-end.  Marathon retains interests in other assets and acreage in the Gulf.
Chevron is planning to lay off up to 1,000 employees working in area between Saudi Arabia and Kuwait, as a dispute between those countries has halted all work on oil fields for several months.  
Last week a former BP engineer accused of deleting text messages after the Gulf oil spill pleaded guilty to lesser charges and avoided prison time.  Kurt Mix insists he's done nothing wrong, and on Sunday we read his in a first-person commentary posted on the Wall Street Journal website entitled “I was an oil spill scapegoat.”

News From The Oil Patch 11/2/2015

On October 29, the Kansas Corporation Commission approved an order to continue the existing limits on the volume of wastewater being injected into disposal wells in Harper and Sumner Counties. They hope to continue study of seismic activity and its relationship to large-volume disposal wells.  This most recent order extends the limits for an additional 180 days, until March of next year.
The average price in McPherson for Kansas common crude last month was $36.56/bbl.  A year ago, October's average price was $74.27.  Futures prices were down slightly by midday Monday.  The Nymex benchmark crude contract ws down 38 cents to $46.21/bbl, while London Brent was off 59 cents to $48.97.
Baker Hughes reports 775 active oil and gas rigs across the country Friday, down 12 from the week before.  There were 191 in Canada, up one, and nine in Kansas, up two.  The broader count from Independent Oil and Gas shows 20 active rigs east of Wichita, up six, and 24 in western Kansas, down one.  There are 63 rigs awaiting their next location assignment and 121 that are shut down or stacked. They're drilling at one site each in Stafford and Russell counties, and Independent reports drilling ahead at a site in Barton County, and preparations to move in rotary tools in Ellis County.
There were 67 drilling permits for new locations across Kansas last week.  That's 1,996 so far this year compared to more than 6,200 a year ago at this time.  There were 51 new permits issued east of Wichita and 16 in western Kansas, including one in Barton County, one in Ellis County, one in Russell County and two in Stafford County.
Independent Oil & Gas Service reports there were just 56 new well completions last week across Kansas, or 3,330 so far this year, compared to about 4,800 last year at this time.  There was one completion in Barton County, six in Ellis County, one in Russell County and one in Stafford County. Stafford, Ellis and Barton County each reported one completed dry hole last week.  There were a total of 16 dry holes completed west of Wichita last week out of 35 total completions.  Eastern Kansas reports 21 completions with no dry holes.
A Chinese investment firm (Yantai Xinchao) is shelling out $1.3 billion to buy oil assets in the western Texas Permian Basin that are currently owned by Tall City Exploration and Plymouth Petroleum. The deal is part of a larger transaction involving a second Chinese firm.  CNN reports the deal has already been approved by the US Committee on Foreign Investment.  The purchase includes oil fields in the state's Howard and Borden counties.
One of the main pipelines that carries crude oil to Cushing, Oklahoma, will run at less than capacity in December for the first time in nearly two and a half years. Bloomberg reports there are some months in which shippers request 10 times more space than is available on the Enbridge Spearhead pipeline. But shippers have only asked to transport about 155,000 bbl of crude per day in December, below the system's capacity to move about 193,000 to Cushing from Flanagan, Illinois. It’s the first time shippers haven’t filled the line since August 2013. 
Chevron announced a 63% plunge in profits compared to a year ago and says it will eliminate up to 7,000 jobs.  Profits in the company's refining and retail units surged, but low crude prices dragged down the totals.  For the quarter that ended in September, Chevron earned $2.04 billion on revenue of $34.32 billion.  Compared to the year-ago third quarter, profits plunged 63.6 percent and revenue tumbled 37.2 percent.  CEO John Watson says he anticipates 6,000 to 7,000 layoffs over the next two years, but would not say where those cuts would come. 
Royal Dutch Shell will abandon construction of a major oil-sands project in Western Canada and take a $2 billion write-down.  The company cited an uncertain business environment and concerns about sufficient pipeline capacity in announcing it would discontinue its 80,000 barrel-a-day Carmen Creek oil-sands project.  Shell produces 250,000 barrels of oil a day from its oil-sands mines.  The company first announced plans to go ahead with Carmen Creek in 2013.
Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin is preparing for a big budget challenge brought on by slumping oil prices.  The governor signed an executive order calling on all state agencies, boards and commissions to outline plans for 10% custs in non-essential expenses for the rest of this fiscal year and all of the next.  Written plans for spending cuts are expected by Dec. 1.

News From The Oil Patch 10/26/2015

A new study from the US Geological Survey says growing evidence confirms an increase in earthquakes in the central and eastern United States is being caused primarily by human activity. The agency specifically names "the injection of wastewater in deep disposal wells" as the culprit, and says most of the larger earthquakes in Oklahoma in the past century may likely have been induced by industrial activities.  The study used archival reports at the Library of Congress and drill permit records to track wastewater injection as it evolved starting in the 1930s.  The study also concludes that the the two largest earthquakes in the state's history were both likely induced by oil and gas activities.
Baker Hughes reports 787 active oil and gas rigs across the country Friday, unchanged from a week earlier.  The count in Canada was 190, up nine, and in Kansas the company reports just seven rigs actively drilling, down two.  The broader count from Independent Oil & Gas Service shows 14 active rigs east of Wichita, up one, and 25 in western Kansas, which is down one.  There are 67 rigs listed as pending their next location assignment, and 122 listed as shutdown or stacked.  They were drilling at one site in Russell County, and moving in rotary drilling tools at a site in Stafford County.
There were 44 drilling permits issued for new locations in Kansas last week.  That's 1,929 so far this year compared to nearly 6,000 permits a year ago at this time.  There were 25 new permits issued east of Wichita, and another 19 in western Kansas, including one new drilling permit in Barton County, three in Ellis County, and one in Stafford County.
Independent Oil & Gas Service reports 56 new well completions across the state last week, 3,274 so far this year.  That's compared to nearly 4,700 at this time last year.  There were two completions reported in Barton County, three in Ellis County, two in Russell County, and one in Stafford County.
Chesapeake Energy is once again in hot water over underpaid royalties.  Just a month after settling an $8.6 million claim by Texas landowners, the company has now been fined $2.1 million for underpayment of royalties on lands controlled by Native American tribes.  Upstream Online reports regulators also cited the firm for not fixing accounting glitches that were caugyht four years ago.
In the closest thing to a timeline we've heard uttered so far, the White House said the President still expects to make a decision on the Keystone Pipeline expansion before he leaves office in 15 months.  That's the word from White House spokesman Josh Earnest, who says the change of government after the Canadian election is not likely to affect the timing of a decision from the State Department.
Halliburton’s revenue dropped by 36 percent, pushing the service giant to a third-quarter loss as the worst crude-market downturn in decades reshapes the industry.  The Houston-based company had a loss of $54 million compared with net income of $1.2 billion a year earlier according to a statement Monday. 
Baker Hughes on Wednesday reported a 39% drop in revenue for its third quarter, as depressed oil prices continue to pressure spending from its customers.  Baker Hughes, which is being acquired by larger rival Halliburton Co., has cut thousands of jobs and closed facilities as plunging oil prices have prompted many of its clients to curtail or cancel projects. Baker Hughes and its peers are particularly struggling in the U.S., where shale producers have dialed back operations.
Lower energy prices hit hard in some counties in western Kansas.  The slide in prices is forcing local government in oil- and natural gas-producing counties to cut spending or increase property tax levies.  The AP reports oil and gas property values have dropped an average 52% this year, just as lawmakers concluded an aid program intended to insultate those counties from the effect of a downturn.
US authorities are investigating the leaders of Venezuela to see if the OPEC member's government used its state oil company to loot billions of dollars through kickbacks and other schemes. The Wall Street Journal blog says investigators are trying to see if the company's foreign bank accounts were used for black-market currency schemes and the laundering of drug money.
An Iowa judge has dismissed a lawsuit that challenged the Iowa Utilities Board's authority to give the power of eminent domain to an out-of-state developer of an oil pipeline through Iowa. Judge Carl Petersen said in an order filed Tuesday that the three landowners who brought the lawsuit had to exhaust the administrative remedies first. The judge did not rule on whether Dakota Access is eligible for eminent domain.  The pipeline would carry crude oil through Iowa on its way from North Dakota to Illinois.
A Texas lawyer now faces criminal charges after he was accused of submitting thousands of false claims for damages from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.  Robert McDuff, a lawyer for San Antonio attorney Mikal Watts, confirmed Wednesday that his client was indicted in Mississippi and will appear in court next week.  McDuff said the charges are related to allegations that Watts committed fraud or forgery when he claimed to represent 44,000 clients in litigation against BP.  The oil company sued Watts in 2013, alleging that more than half the clients were "phantoms," people whom Watts never properly signed up, people who weren't commercial fishermen or people who were dead. BP said claims officials could verify the Social Security numbers of only 42 percent of Watts' claimants, and even found someone who had never hired Watts included twice.  Watts claimed in a statement he was not guilty of any crimes.

News From The Oil Patch 10/19/2015

A look at the local numbers bears out a dismal statewide dry-hole rate last month.  Fully one third of all the oil and gas wells completed in western Kansas during the month of September were dry holes.  Stafford County brought in three wells with no dry holes.  That's the good news.  Independent Oil & Gas Service reports two dry holes out of the eight completions in Barton County, five completions with three dry holes in Ellis County, and Russell County's one completion was a dry hole.  West of Wichita, out of 107 wells completed, 36 did not hit pay dirt.  There were 114 completions east of Wichita, with only nine dry holes.
Baker Hughes reports 787 active drilling rigs nationwide Friday, down eight from a week earlier.  There were 181 in Canada, up one, and nine in Kansas, unchanged.  The broader count from Independent Oil and Gas Service includes 13 active rigs east of Wichita, down three, and 26 in western Kansas, which is unchanged.  There are 62 rigs listed as pending and 123 that are shutdown or stacked.  There were three sites in our area where drilling was about to start, one each in Barton, Russell and Stafford counties.
Independent Oil & Gas Service tells us there were just 58 well-completions in Kansas during the week ending October 15, and 3,218 so far this year.  There were 42 well completions reported in eastern Kansas.  Out of 16 completions west of Wichita there was one dry hole this week.  There was one completion in Russell County and one in Stafford County.
There were just 33 new drilling permits issued last week across the entire state of Kansas, compared to 144 the same week a year ago.  There are less than two thousand permits to drill at new locations so far this year, compared to nearly six thousand at this time last year.   There were 15 new permits east of Wichita, and 17 in western Kansas, with one in Barton County, two in Ellis County, one in Russell County and two new permits in Stafford County.
Monthly numbers show an increase in September in new drilling permits statewide.  Independent Oil & Gas reports 140 new permits across Kansas for the month, compared to 159 a month earlier and 614 a year earlier.  Last month there were three new drilling permits issued in Barton County, four in Ellis County, three in Russell County and six in Stafford County.  More than half of the new permits last month were filed in eastern Kansas, with 25 in Miami County and 17 in Franklin County.
The Kansas Geological Society's nomenclature committee recognized and named four new oil and gas fields in Kansas at its meeting September 23.  The total number of new fields so far this year is 75, 27 less than the reports last year at this time. 
An Oklahoma oil firm is challenging the state's new limits on saltwater disposal intended to stem an increase in earthquakes.  Marjo Operating company is the first company to formally object to the actions of the Oklahoma Corporation Commission.  In an administrative filing, Marjo said the 38 percent reduction mandated for one of the injection wells it uses in Payne County would significantly harm its drilling operations.
BP will reimburse the Louisiana Attorney General's Office $58.2 million for its expenses, fees and litigation costs tied to the 2010 oil spill disaster in the Gulf of Mexico.  The Advocate reports the money was included in BP's record settlement of more than $20 billion finalized earlier. 
For the first time of this downturn, a major oil company is pulling out of the Bakken shale in North Dakota.  Reuters reports Oxydental Petroleum is selling all of its Bakken acreage, and its 21,000 square foot regional office, to Lime Rock Resources, for about $500 million. As recently as last fall, Wall Street had expected Oxy's Bakken assets to sell for more than $3 billion. The sharp drop in the deal's value represents the most dramatic pullback in valuation yet in North Dakota.
Two drill vessels employed by Shell off Alaska's northwest coast departed Arctic waters for the Pacific Northwest.  The Noble Discoverer and The Polar Pioneer safely arrived in a port in the Aleution Islands early last week.  Shell announced last month that it would cease further exploration in the Chukchi and Beaufort seas after spending upward of $7 billion and achieving disappointing results.
The board of directors of Canadian Oil Sands Ltd. unanimously recommended its shareholders reject a hostile $3.46 billion takeover offer from Suncor Energy.  The board says the offer undervalues the company, and that it is timed to take advantage of market uncertainty.  Suncor’s unsolicited bid for the largest owner in the Syncrude oil-sands consortium has been closely watched by industry observers as a sign that Canada’s biggest oil and gas producer may think global crude prices bottoming out.

News From The Oil Patch 10/12/2015

More than one third of the completed oil wells west of Wichita last month were dry holes. Monthly numbers from Independent Oil & Gas Service show 107 total completions west of Wichita for the month of September, of which more than one third (36) were dry holes.  There were just nine dry holes reported last month in eastern Kansas, out of 114 completions.
The Kansas Corporation Commission reports just 154 new intent-to-drill notices filed in September, down from 166 in August and 622 in September of 2014.  There were four new intents filed in Barton County, four in Ellis County, three in Russell County and nine in Stafford County.
Baker Hughes reported 795 drilling rigs actively exploring for oil and gas on Friday (10/9), down 14 from last week.  There were 180 in Canada, up one, and nine in Kansas, down one.  The broad count from Independent Oil and Gas Service shows 15 active rigs in eastern Kansas, down two, and 22 west of Wichita, also down two.  There was one rig actively drilling in Ellis County.  There was one drilling and one about to start in Barton County.
Independent Oil & Gas Service reports 50 new well completions last week, which is 3,160 year-to-date.  There were two newly-completed wells in Barton County, and one in Russell County.  Of the 33 completions west of Wichita last week, eight were dry holes.  There were 17 completions reported in eastern Kansas.  
There were 50 permits filed last week for drilling in new locations across Kansas, or 1,852 so far this year.  There were 36 in eastern Kansas and 14 west of Wichita, including two in Barton County. (IOGSI)
The American Petroleum Institute reports US crude oil and gasoline production soared to record highs in August even as crude prices have fallen.  U.S. crude oil production rose above 9.0 million barrels per day for the 11th month in a row to 9.3 million bpd.  The US Energy Information Administration reports we're importing 6.1% more oil that we did last year, up to 9.9 million barrels per day.  
For the first time ever, U.S. gasoline production rose above 10.0 million barrels per day, up 3.3 percent from year ago levels (API). 
The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill to overturn the 40-year-old ban on oil exports, but the measure did not get enough support to override a possible veto by President Barack Obama.  An uphill battle was expected in the Senate.
A $20 billion final settlement with BP over the Gulf oil spill is getting a green light from the Justice Department and the five affected states.  The deal would resolve all civil claims against BP and end five years of legal fighting over the spill.  It would also bind the company to a massive cleanup project area in the Gulf Coast area.  The public will get 60-days in which to comment, and the court still has to sign off.
Canadian Oil Sands has rejected a hostile takeover bid from Suncor Energy valued at five billion US dollars, including debt. The company also introduced a poison pill plan aimed at undermining any other unfriendly offers.  Canadian Oil Sands, which owns 36% percent of the major oil sands operation Syncrude, said its board had rejected another offer worth even more from Suncor in April. 
Energy regulators in Colorado released proposed rules for regulating new oil and gas wells near cities, a package that drew criticism from both sides of the argument.  Five environmental and community groups issued a statement saying the draft rules don't do enough to protect residents from having oil and gas operations close to their homes and schools.  The draft rules would require energy companies to notify local governments when big facilities are planned inside their jurisdiction and offer to consult with them, but cities and counties would not be able to enforce their own rules.  A pair of industry trade groups complain the new draft exceeds the actual recommendations of the task force, and warned against expensive and redundant regulations that would discourage investment.  Regulators scheduled public hearings Nov. 16-17.
The first wind farm proposed for oil-rich northwest North Dakota has area residents divided, with some advocating for renewable energy and others arguing the region is already inundated with energy development.  The North Dakota Public Service Commission heard a proposal Thursday from Lindahl Wind Project LLC, which is seeking to build up to 75 wind turbines north of Tioga.  The 150-megawatt project would help meet the high demand for electricity in the area driven by oil and gas development, Brice Barton, senior development manager for Tradewind Energy of Lenexa, Kan., which is developing the project.