Annual report pursuant to Section 13 and 15(d)

Commitments and Contingencies

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Commitments and Contingencies
12 Months Ended
Dec. 31, 2020
Commitments and Contingencies Disclosure [Abstract]  
Commitments and Contingencies Commitments and Contingencies
The following table sets forth our significant commitments as of December 31, 2020, by category, for the next 5 years and thereafter: 
Year Gathering and Intermediate Transportation Other Commitments
2021 $ 12,962  $ 317 
2022 12,962  184 
2023 12,962  — 
2024 12,962  — 
2025 12,962  — 
Thereafter 24,827  — 
Total $ 89,637  $ 501 
Drilling and Completion Commitments
As of December 31, 2020, we had contractual commitments on a pad-to-pad basis for two drilling rigs. Additionally, we have an agreement, effective January 2, 2021, which can be terminated with 30 days’ notice by either party, to utilize certain frac services and related materials, with no minimum commitment, through December 31, 2021.
Gathering and Intermediate Transportation Commitments
We have long-term agreements with Nuevo G&T and Nuevo Dos Marketing, LLC (“Nuevo Marketing” and together
with Nuevo G&T, collectively “Nuevo”) to provide gathering and intermediate pipeline transportation services for a substantial
portion of our crude oil and condensate production in as well as volume capacity support for certain downstream interstate
pipeline transportation.
Nuevo 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 Nuevo through 2031 under the gathering agreement.
Under a marketing agreement, we have a commitment to sell 8,000 barrels per day of crude oil (gross) to Nuevo, or to any third party, utilizing Nuevo Marketing's capacity in a downstream interstate pipeline through 2026.
Under each of the agreements with Nuevo, credits for deliveries of volumes in excess of the volume commitment may be applied to any deficiency arising in the succeeding 12-month period.
Crude Oil Storage
As a component of the crude oil gathering agreement referenced above, we have access up to approximately 180,000 barrels of dedicated tank capacity for no additional charge at the service provider’s central delivery point facility (“CDP”), in Lavaca County, Texas through February 2041. We have also contracted for access up to an additional 70,000 barrels of tank capacity at the CDP on a month-to-month basis which can be terminated by either party with 45-days’ notice to the counterparty. We have also contracted for crude oil storage capacity for up to 90,000 barrels with a downstream interstate pipeline at a facility in DeWitt County, Texas, on a month-to-month basis which can be terminated by either party with 45-days’ notice to the counterparty. Finally, we have an agreement with a marketing affiliate of the aforementioned downstream interstate pipeline to utilize up to 62,000 barrels of capacity within their system on a firm basis and an additional 120,000 barrels, if available, on a flexible basis through April 2021. Costs associated with these agreements are in the form of monthly fixed rate short-term leases and are charged as incurred on a monthly basis to GPT.
Other Commitments
We have entered into certain contractual arrangements for other products and services. We have purchase commitments for certain materials as well as minimum commitments under information technology licensing and service agreements, among others.
Legal
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 December 31, 2020, we had an estimated reserve in the amount of $0.1 million for certain claims made against us regarding previously divested operations included in “Accounts payable and accrued liabilities.”
Environmental Compliance
Extensive federal, state and local laws govern oil and gas operations, regulate the discharge of materials into the environment or otherwise relate to the protection of the environment. Numerous governmental departments issue rules and regulations to implement and enforce such laws that are often difficult and costly to comply with and which carry substantial administrative, civil and even criminal penalties for failure to comply. Some laws, rules and regulations relating to protection of the environment may, in certain circumstances, impose “strict liability” for environmental contamination, rendering a person liable for environmental and natural resource damages and cleanup costs without regard to negligence or fault on the part of such person. Other laws, rules and regulations may restrict the rate of oil and gas production below the rate that would otherwise exist or even prohibit exploration or production activities in sensitive areas. In addition, state laws often require some form of remedial action to prevent pollution from former operations, such as plugging of abandoned wells. As of December 31, 2020, we have recorded AROs of $5.5 million attributable to these activities. The regulatory burden on the oil and gas industry increases its cost of doing business and consequently affects its profitability. These laws, rules and regulations affect our operations, as well as the oil and gas exploration and production industry in general. We believe that we are in substantial compliance with current applicable environmental laws, rules and regulations and that continued compliance with existing requirements will not have a material impact on our financial condition or results of operations. Nevertheless, changes in existing environmental laws or the adoption of new environmental laws, including any significant limitation on the use of hydraulic fracturing, have the potential to adversely affect our operations.