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Commitments and Contingencies

Commitments and Contingencies
9 Months Ended
Sep. 30, 2017
Commitments and Contingencies Disclosure [Abstract]  
Commitments and Contingencies
Commitments and Contingencies
Gathering and Intermediate Transportation Commitments
We have long-term agreements (the “Amended Agreements”) with Republic Midstream, LLC (“Republic Midstream”) and Republic Midstream Marketing, LLC (“Republic Marketing” and, together with Republic Midstream, collectively, “Republic”) to provide for gathering and intermediate pipeline transportation services for a substantial portion of our crude oil and condensate production in the South Texas region as well as volume capacity support for certain downstream interstate pipeline transportation.
Republic is obligated to gather and transport our crude oil and condensate from within a dedicated area in the Eagle Ford via a gathering system and intermediate takeaway pipeline connecting to a downstream interstate pipeline operated by a third party through 2041. We have a minimum volume commitment (“MVC”) of 8,000 gross barrels of oil per day to Republic through 2031 under the gathering agreement. Under the marketing agreement, we have a 10-year commitment to sell 8,000 barrels per day of crude oil to Republic, or any third party, utilizing Republic Marketing’s capacity on a certain downstream interstate pipeline.
Excluding the potential impact of the effects of price escalation from commodity price changes, the minimum fee requirements attributable to the MVC under the Amended Agreements are as follows: $2.5 million for the remainder of 2017, $10.4 million for 2018, $11.7 million for 2019, $13.0 million for 2020 through 2025, $7.4 million for 2026, $3.8 million for 2027 through 2030 and $2.2 million for 2031.
Drilling Commitments
We have contractual commitments for three drilling rigs. One rig began operations in September 2017 and is subject to a six-month commitment through March 2018. A second rig began operations in October 2017 and is committed on a limited well pad-basis. A third rig is contracted to enter service in November 2017 and is also subject to a six-month commitment through May 2018. We have approximately $6.9 million of obligations associated with these commitments.
Legal and Regulatory
We are involved, from time to time, in various legal proceedings arising in the ordinary course of business. While the ultimate results of these proceedings cannot be predicted with certainty, our management believes that these claims will not have a material effect on our financial position, results of operations or cash flows. As of September 30, 2017, we continue to maintain a $0.1 million reserve for a litigation matter. As of September 30, 2017, we also had AROs of approximately $3.0 million attributable to the plugging of abandoned wells.