Community , Government , Minerals Council

Joint meeting scheduled to discuss increasing oil and gas production in the Osage

A joint meeting has been called to discuss possible solutions to restart oil and gas production in the Osage.

The meeting involves the Third Osage Minerals Council, the Osage Nation Energy Services LLC, the Fifth Osage Nation Congress and the Office of the Chiefs. It is scheduled for Jan. 12 and will be held at the Pawhuska Business Development Center from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. It is open to the public and lunch will be provided.

According to the meeting agenda, each entity will speak briefly before getting to the main discussion item: “working together to increase oil and gas production and increase the amount of money to our Osage headright shareholders.”

Main agenda items include: 

-       Stalled production and low Osage headright payments

-       Osage preference in contracting and employment on lease activity

At the Oil and Gas Summit on Dec. 7, Osage elder and shareholder George Shannon gave a presentation about increasing production and improving the business climate in the Osage. In a Dec. 8 letter to Standing Bear, Shannon proposed establishing a Commission made up of members from the OMC, ONES LLC and the Congress to improve conditions in Osage County related to the management of the Osage Mineral Estate.

Standing Bear said the meeting is not how elected and appointed leaders of the Osage could personally benefit from an increase in production with a higher payment check, but rather “how all Osages may benefit from our combined efforts to increase production and Osage headright payments.”