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Page 6 The Woodville Republican, Thursday, August 27, 2015 uscaloosa MariNe News by Bernell McGehee Oil Prices Sinking Low OPEC is producing more oil, in general. Iran, in par- ticular, is producing more and aggressively marketing previously produced oil it hasn't been allowed to sell. China's economy is slow- ing down, which means less demand for oil. The U. S. dollar is stronger such that fewer dollars are needed to buy foreign oil and forcing the price for our domestic oil downward. The established shale oil plays in the U. S. have been holding steady on the quantity of oil produced. Supply is up. Demand is down. Foreign exchange is pushing oil lower What does it all mean? It means oil prices have reached a six year low, down to just over $40 and appears to be headed even lower; $30 oil prices are predicted. This also means the Tuscaloosa Marine Shale is no longer just dormant, it's virtually frozen in place. The recent drop in oil prices and the reasonable expectation for at least a continued short term slide downward points to a strong expectation that planned fracking operations by Go- odrich and possibly Halcon are going to be delayed. San- chez announced that drilling operations for 2015 would be delayed until prices im- proved. It wouldn't surprise me to see currently produc- ing wells choked back, espe- dally new ones, in the hope of better prices. The most pressing ques- tion is when is a reason- able time frame for oil prices to rise? The crystal balls of gurus around the world are apparently giving mixed re- ports. Let's assume for now oil prices won't improve until at least 2016. The next question is whether the current operat- ing companies in the TMS survive until the prices re- turn ,to reasonable levels. Goodrich Petroleum, for one, has seen a dramatic decrease in the price of its stock. This is a sign that investors ques- tion whether Goodrich can survive until the oil cycle re- verses itself. Those of us interested in the development of the TMS ask ourselves if the possible demise of Goodrich or other operating companies here would necessarily mean fu- tore development of the play would die, also. The clear answer to this question is no. Oil has repeatedly been shown to be stored in abun- dance in the cavities of the rock formation located a couple of miles beneath us and known as the Tuscaloosa Marine Shale. Eventually oil prices will rise and someone is going to find a way to get it out at a profit. rve even heard of some rather unique ideas about how to get a great deal of this oil out at a lower cost, but even low cost experi- mentation with new ideas is on hold at the current price level for oil. For now, though, there are 6 wells in various stages of early completion and flow back to report on. In Tangipahoa Parish the Goodrich B-Nez 43H-1 and B-Nez 43H-2 had an average daily production of 875 bar- rels of oil equivalent (BOE) with 99% of this oil. This relatively modest quantity of oil production can be ex- plained in part due to the low amount of gas avail- able to push the oil from the ground and the fact that Goodrich has choked the well back with a smaller opening or choke. Company spokes- men were very upbeat about these two wells. Also, in Tangipahoa Par- ish, the Goodrich Kinchen 58H-1 was in the early stages of flow back on August 5 and no peak daily production num- bers were known. More recent numbers aren't available. In Amite County the Go- odrich T. Lewis 7-38H-1 has been completed and flow back should oamrin the near future. Sanchez Bloomer #2H, FAR CORNER Ft. Adams & Lake Mary by Rhonda Quirk The McComb Enterprise Journal reported last week that the Lake Mary Road should be passable on Fri- day Well, this was partially true because it was a mess, but somehow Mrs. Dorothy Foster and I got the blame for reporting this to the paper, and furthermore by doing so we had encouraged folks to rut up the roads. NO! We did not report any such thing. We have cleared this matter up with Mr. Ernest Herndon from The Enterprise Journal. Mrs. Dorothy will start re- porting the road conditions to him in order to prevent any future confusion. A number of pictures portraying trucks and ATVs covered in mud were posted on social media. Oh! These pictures had a bunch of "likes." So I am wondering what there is to "like" about further damaging the roads and raising the repair cost. Our roads were in bad shape before the high water and after being submerged for six months, they are in pitiful shape. There isn't money to properly repair our roads, and then to cause further expenses is just down right wrong. It also causes camp owners, who really need to access their camps in order to clean up flood damages, further delay. Many folks did cautiously and sensibly drive though the muddy mess. However, some people like to ride back , and forth through the mud slides creating deeper and deeper ruts. This discourages the county and private indi- viduals from wanting to re- pair the roads. It seems that we are finally getting some assistance from the Second District road crew and this type of behavior only hinders any future assistance. It is also my understand- ing that last week while Mr. Marvin Tolliver was grading the muddy mess on Lake Mary Road, two men in big 4X4s with aggressive mud tires were waiting to go through the freshly graded mud. Another county em- ployee asked them politely to wait and let it dry out some. His request was ig- nored. I know there isn't a law to stop folks from going down a county road but back in the day folks would have respected the men for trying to improve the only access route to camps and property. Last Sunday was my first day back at the farm in over a week, and we got to stay three hours before the power went off. We called it in and boated back across to the camp because Lake Mary had power. We as- sumed it would take longer than usual because Robert June and Travis Dent were out on medical leave. On Monday, my husband Mike called again and offered as- sistance in boating SWEPA employees over to the farm. Monday evening, Mike had several heated discussions with the general manger. We have used approximately 1500 gallons of butane on the farm in the past six months for three generators. We ran out on the Fourth of July. Normally, Robert June and his crew restore power as quickly as possible, even in high water. If I understand correctly new policies have been implemented and em- ployees are now dispatched from Brookhaven, Lorman or wherever. Mike asked why they didn't send Odell Hal- ford since he knows the area. He was informed Odell is on the right away crew. Frank- ly, I dont care what crew he is on. He could have shown the service crew how to access Loch Leven in a timely man- ner. Employees were coming, but because of the conditions of Jackson Point Road, they didn't know how to access the farm. Why send folks down here who know noth- ing about crossing swamp land? Finally, on Tuesday evening, after we had lost two freezers full of food, Mike was contacted by SWEPA, and he boated the employees across to replace an insula- tor on the farm. This took maybe a half hour including the boat ride. I would like to commend Mr. June and his crew for their past dedication to all the swamp customers, who they have profession- ally served. I can only hope SWEPA will reevaluate their current policy. located on the outskirts of downtown Fort Adams in Wilkinson County, was fracked several weeks ago, but had issues cleaning out the hole. Reports are a rig was seen on sight last week. Perhaps this well will be brought into production soon. Halcon Rogers #1H, locat- ed south of Hwy. 24 between Centrex~lle and Woodville in Wilkinson County, has had a flare for a couple of weeks now. Rumored production has been around 900 barrels per day in the early going. There are four remaining wells that have been drilled, but have not been fracked in the TMS. One in Wilkinson County, one in Tangipahoa Parish and two in Washing- ton Parish. I question wheth- er these wells will be fracked while oil is at its current price level, but we shall see. Stay tuned! Provide feedback for this column to bernellmcgehee@ gmail.com. On August 19 the Missis- sippi State Department of Health (MSDH) confirmed the first rabies case in a land animal in Mississippi since 1961. The case was identified in a feral cat in Starkville described as a small, black and white kit- ten. Exposures to the rabid cat were reported in down- town Starkville and in a remote area in the general vicinity of developed por- tions of the Thad Cochran Research Park near the campus of Mississippi State University (MSU). Testing of the cat's brain tissue at the Mississippi Public Health Laboratory confirmed that the cat was infected with rabies. Rabies is commonly found in bats in Mississippi and has been found in feral and wild ani- mals in bordering states in previous years. Health officials urge any- one who may have been bit- ten or scratched by a feral (wild) cat matching this de- scription in either of these areas within the past 10 days to immediately contact their primary healthcare provider and the MSDH Of- fice of Epidemiology at 601- 576-7725. At this time there is no ongoing public health risk. Rabies is a viral dis- ease of mammals that is transmitted through the bite of an infected animal or through the contamina- tion of a fresh wound with saliva from an infected ani- mal. Rabies is completely preventable if post-expo- sure shots are administered after contact with a rabid animal. Mississippians can help protect themselves against rabies by taking the follow- ing precautions: Do not handle or touch live or dead feral animals, animals you do not know, or wild animals such as rac- coons, bats, skunks, foxes and coyotes that can carry rabies. If you see an animal act- ing strangely, contact your local Animal Control offi- cials. Vaccinate animals when your dog or cat has reached 3 montwhs of age, one year later, and every three years thereafter (using a vac- cine approved with 3 year immunity), as required by state law. The MSDH continues to work with local partners, including MSU and the Mississippi Board of Animal Health, to identify those who may have had contact with the infected cat, assess their risk of exposure, and provide recommendations for treatment. For more information on rabies, visit the MSDH website at HealthyMS.com/ rabies. Follow MSDH by email and social media at HealthyMS.com]connect. OF BUDGET HEARING PROPOSED TAX INCREASE FY 2016 The Wilkinson County Board of Supervisors will hold a public hearing on a proposed budget and proposed ad valorem tax revenue increase for fiscal year October 1, 2015, thru September 30, 2016, on Tuesday, September 8, 2015, at 9:30 a.m. in the Board Room on the first floor of the Wilkinson County Courthouse, 525 Main Street, Woodville, MS. The Wilkinson County Board of Supervisors is now operating with projected total budget rev- enue of $6,634,500 (56 percent)or $3,718,034 of such revenue is obtained through ad valorem taxes. For the next fiscal year, the proposed bud- get has total projected revenue of $6,850,00. Of that amount, (54 percent) or $3,700,000, is pro- posed to be financed through a totall ad valorem tax levy. For the next fiscal year, the Wilkinson County Board of Supervisors plans to increase your ad valorem tax millage rate by 0.00 mills from 113.27 mills to 113.27 mills. A millage rate of 113.27 will produce the same amount of revenue from ad valorem taxes for Wilkinson County as was collected the prior year. The millage rate for the prior year was 113.27. Any citizen of Wilkinson County is invited to attend this public hearing on the proposed ad valorem tax revenue increase, and will be allowed to speak for a reasonable amount of time and offer tangible evidence before any vote is taken. The final decision of its proposed tax increase, the adoption of the budget and setting of the tax levy will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, September 8, 2015, in the Board Room on the first floor of the Wilkinson County Courthouse.