Our Audience Grows – Montana Oil Report

Compiled by Darryl L. Flowers

Before we head out to the oil patch this week, I want to welcome our new readers from the Great Falls Tribune. It’s quite an honor to be included “Montana’s Newspaper!”

It was a quiet week for new location approvals, with only one.  TAQA North USA, Inc. received approval for their Flat Lake 11-13H well in Sheridan County.  The PBHL (Proposed Bottom Hole Location) is 11,821’.  The well’s target is the Bakken formation.

The list of Re-Issued Locations is a long one this week.  In Dawson County Petro-Hunt, LLC won approval for the Kolberg 18-54 8D-4-1.  The proposed depth is 11,150’, and the target is the Red River formation.  In Fallon County Fidelity Exploration & Production Co. was approved for the Fidelity-BR 11-21, with a proposed depth of 2,000’, aiming for the Eagle Formation.

In Fergus County, Kykuit Resources, LLC was granted Re-Issued Location approvals for 4 wells: the Asbjornson 19-21-20, the Asbjornson 19-21-20, the Knox 5B-21-20 and the Knox 7B-21-20.  All four wells have a proposed depth of 2,200’ and are aiming for the Eagle Formation.

In Roosevelt County, Whiting Oil and Gas Corporation received a Re-Issued Location for their  Schnitzler 34-24TFH.  The well is targeting the Three Forks Formation with a PBHL of 19,084’.  In Sheridan County G3 Operating, LLC was approved for the  Ostby 1-32-29H and the Clark 1-14-23H.  The wells target the Bakken Formation with a PBHL of 19,016 and 19,020, repsectively.

Wrapping up the Re-Issue Location Permits is L & H Resources and their LLP Meyer 1H well.  With  a proposed bottom hole location of 14,420’ they are hoping to tap into the Bakken layer.

Three permits were modified/corrected last week. The wells are the Anschutz Exploration Corporation Pasiley 1-4-37-13 well in Glacier County, the TAQA North USA, Inc. Hellegaard 8-8H #2 well in Sheridan County, and in Valley County the Andarko Minerals, Inc. Dahl 2-16 well.

The list of completions last week is a long one.  Starting with Glacier County, Rosetta Resources Operating LP wrapped up the Brandvold 3509-25-05, an oil well with a total depth of 7,502’.  Rosetta also finished the Glacier Farms 3207-22-12, another oil well in Glacier County. The depth on the Glacier Farms well was 6,200’.

In Petroleum County, Central Montana Resources, LLC completed the Shadowfax 1B.  With a total depth of 6,425’ the well tapped into the Heath formation.  XTO Energy completed the Thiel 2 11X-12 oil well in Richland County.  This was a deep one, with a total depth of 21,240’.  The company reports an IP (Initial Production) of 514 BOPD (Barrels of Oil Per Day), 464,000 MCFPD (Thousand Cubic Feet [natural gas] Per Day), and 831 BWPD (Barrels of Water Per Day).

In Roosevelt County, Slawson Exploration Company Inc. finished two wells: the Squadron 1-15-14H, with a depth of 18,764’ into the Bakken Formation had an IP of 167 BOPD, 228 MCFPD and 1,225 BWPD.  Slawson’s Citadel 2-11-2H well taps into the Bakken with a depth of 19,588’.  The well had an IP of 735 BOPD, 551 MCFPD and 2,768 BWPD.

Toole County had two completions.  Keesun Corporation completed a gas well, the Walberger 1-29.  With a depth of 1,104’ the well targeted the Bow Island Formation and had an IP of 250 MCFPD; Sonkar, Inc. completed the I.H. Baker 2A, an oil well in the Kevin-Sunburst field.  The well targeted the Madison Formation, with a depth of 1,722’.

In the Sumatra oil field in Rosebud County, Cline Production Company converted the Harris 5-1 well to injection.

Samson Update

Samson has updated the status of their Australia II 12KA 6 well in Roosevelt County.  According to the company, the vertical pilot hole has been drilled down 9,738 feet.  The company cut and removed 120’ of core from the Bakken and the Upper Three Forks Formations.

“Good hydrocarbon shows were recorded on the mud log when coring through the Middle Member of the Bakken Formation. Following coring operations, electric logs were run and showed very similar results when compared to productive Bakken offset wells in the vicinity,” Samson said in their update.

CHS/CENEX Set To Purchase Refinery

CHS, which markets fuel under the CENEX brand, is set to become the sole owner of the National Cooperative Refinery Association (NCRA) refinery in McPherson, KS.  According to a report in the Oil and Gas Journal. CHS currently owns 74% of NCRA.

The transfer will occur over the course of four years, starting in 2012 and culminating in 2015.

CHS currently owns a 55,000 barrel per day refinery in Laurel, Montana.


Author: montanaoilreport

After my first job at a newspaper -- delivering papers for the Jackson (TN) Sun, ink was in my veins. Since the 1970's I've worked in every area of the Printing and Publishing industry, with most of that time spent in the pressroom. In 2008 I moved to Montana and purchased the Sun Times of Fairfield (fairfieldsuntimes.com). In 2011 I realized that most media outlets were either ignoring, or attacking, the growing oil and gas industry in Montana, so I started the Montana Oil Report as the source of information on this important industry.

11 thoughts on “Our Audience Grows – Montana Oil Report”

  1. Fidelity Exploration and Production Co has drilled two out of three wells on our mineral rights land in Richland County, MT.
    We cannot find the wells on any confidential well list, nor can we squeeze any information out of them regarding production and.royalty dates.
    Can anyone in the know give us any idea of how long until we should expect a.Division Letter?
    Any info would be appreciated.
    Thank you.
    Mike Larsen

      1. It was permitted in Dec. 2011, and according to the MT Board of Oil and Gas, the well has not been spudded yet. That database be lagging as far as being updated.

        Do you know that the well has been drilled, and that it is indeed “shipping” oil?

        I see it is close to Sidney. I am going to Sidney/Glendive in about 5 weeks to do a story.

      2. Thank you for the info…….
        I spoke with the surface owner about 10
        days ago. The surface owner, Mrs. Edam, was
        kind enough to tell me that Fidelity had just
        completed ome well, and was done with the
        second onr that was drilled right up by the
        Farmhouse. The lady indicated Fidelity had
        one more to drill just south of the house.
        (its 2 miles south from the house to the mailbox
        at the county road, and end of property.
        As for it being studded, I do not know.
        Thanks again for the info…..

      3. The land is 18 miles south of Sidney to Crane,
        and about 10 miles west of Crane to the mailbox
        To enter the property noryh from the county road.

      4. Don’t know the names of the other two, Fidelity told me everything is
        confidential….They went on to say
        that the next we will hear is a Division
        Letter,.but they could not give out
        any further info as to the time frame.

  2. Oops ke..spudded not studded……and they would not discuss
    when it would start producing oil, but told
    me it took about fiur months to get the Division
    Letters out, signed by mineral owners, and

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