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Commitments and Contingencies

Commitments and Contingencies
3 Months Ended
Mar. 31, 2022
Commitments and Contingencies Disclosure [Abstract]  
Commitments and Contingencies
Note 11 – Commitments and Contingencies
Drilling and Completion Commitments
As of March 31, 2022, we have a one year contract for one drilling rig and a contractual commitment on a pad-to-pad basis for one other drilling rig.
Gathering and Intermediate Transportation Commitments
We have long-term agreements that provide us with field gathering and intermediate pipeline transportation services for a majority of our crude oil and condensate production in Lavaca and Gonzales Counties, Texas. We also have volume capacity support for certain downstream interstate pipeline transportation. The following table provides details on these contractual arrangements as of March 31, 2022:
Description of contractual arrangement Expiration
of Contractual Arrangement
Minimum Volume
Commitment (MVC)
Expiration of Minimum Volume Commitment (MVC)
Field gathering agreement February 2041 8,000 February 2031
Intermediate pipeline transportation services February 2026 8,000 February 2026
Volume capacity support April 2026 8,000 April 2026
Each of these arrangements also contain an obligation to deliver the first 20,000 gross barrels of oil per day produced from Gonzales, Lavaca and Fayette Counties, Texas. For certain of our crude oil volumes gathered under the field gathering agreement, our rate includes an adjustment based on NYMEX WTI prices. As crude oil prices increase, up to a cap of $90 per bbl, the gathering rate escalates pursuant to the field gathering agreement.
Under each of the arrangements, credits for deliveries of volumes in excess of the volume commitment may be applied to any deficiency arising in the succeeding 12-month period.
During the three months ended March 31, 2022 and 2021, we recorded expense of $10.2 million and $8.4 million, respectively, for these contractual obligations in connection with these arrangements.
Excluding the application of existing credits that we have earned during the preceding 12-month period ended March 31, 2022 for deliveries of volumes in excess of the volume commitment, and the potential impact of the effects of price escalation from commodity price changes, if any, the minimum fee requirements attributable to the MVC under the gathering, transportation and marketing agreements are as follows: $10.5 million for the remainder of 2022, approximately $13.9 million per year for 2023 through 2025, $7.8 million for 2026, $3.8 million per year for 2027 through 2030 and $0.6 million for 2031.
Crude Oil Storage
As of March 31, 2022, we had access to 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. In addition, we had access for up to a maximum of 340,000 barrels of tank capacity and evergreen month-to-month at several locations in the South Texas region comprised of (i) access 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, (ii) 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 expired in April 2022, and (iii) 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 that both expired in April 2022. 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 in our condensed consolidated statements of operations.
Other Agreements
We have a long-term dedication of certain specific leases to a crude purchase and throughput terminal agreement into 2032. Under the agreement, we have rights to transfer dedicated oil for delivery to a gulf coast terminal in Point Comfort, Texas or oil may be transferred at alternate locations to third parties and pay the terminal fee.
We have agreements that provide us with field gathering, compression and short-haul transportation services for our natural gas production and gas lift for our hydrocarbon production under various terms through 2039.
We also have agreements that provide us with services to process our wet gas production into NGL products and dry, or residue, gas. Several agreements covering the majority of our wet gas production extend beyond three years, including one agreement that extends into 2029.
Legal, Environmental Compliance and Other
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, 2022 and December 31, 2021, we had an estimated reserve of approximately $0.1 million for certain claims made against us regarding previously divested operations included in Accounts payable and accrued liabilities on our condensed consolidated balance sheets.
As of March 31, 2022 and December 31, 2021, we had AROs of approximately $8.2 million and $8.4 million attributable to the plugging of abandoned wells, respectively. Additionally, we had $2.3 million of environmental remediation liabilities assumed in the Lonestar Acquisition as of March 31, 2022 and December 31, 2021. 
Additionally, we have entered into certain contractual arrangements for other products and services and have commitments under information technology licensing and service agreements, among others.