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Commitments and Contingencies

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Commitments and Contingencies
3 Months Ended
Mar. 31, 2019
Commitments and Contingencies Disclosure [Abstract]  
Commitments and Contingencies
Commitments and Contingencies
Gathering and Intermediate Transportation Commitments
We have long-term agreements with Republic Midstream, LLC (“Republic Midstream”) and Republic Midstream Marketing, LLC (“Republic Marketing” and, together with Republic Midstream, collectively, “Republic”) to provide 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 commitment to sell 8,000 barrels per day of crude oil (gross) to Republic, or to any third party, utilizing Republic Marketing’s capacity on a downstream interstate pipeline through 2026.
Excluding the potential impact of the effects of price escalation from commodity price changes, the minimum fee requirements attributable to the MVC under the gathering and transportation agreement are as follows: $9.0 million for the remainder of 2019, $13.0 million per year for 2020 through 2025, $7.4 million for 2026, $3.8 million per year for 2027 through 2030 and $2.2 million for 2031.
Drilling, Completion and Other Commitments
As of March 31, 2019, we had contractual commitments on a pad-to-pad basis for two drilling rigs. Additionally, we have a one-year commitment, effective January 1, 2019, which can be terminated with 60 days’ notice by either party, to utilize of certain frac services. We have a minimum obligation of $14.9 million associated with this commitment.
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 March 31, 2019, we had a reserve in the amount of $0.3 million included in “Accounts payable and accrued liabilities” for the estimated settlement of disputes with partners regarding certain transactions that occurred in prior years. As of March 31, 2019, we had AROs of approximately $4.4 million attributable to the plugging of abandoned wells.