April 7: I took a trip up to Pondera County, Montana to update my stock photo files and do a little field research.
I had gotten word that a new well was permitted at the New Miami Colony (more info in a few days on that). On the way to the new permit location, I came across Rig #5 from FX Drilling. The rig was hard at work punching a hole on the Colony. The rig is located about 1/4 mile from the UnionTown “New Miami” well.
After shooting a few shots of the FX Rig, I paid a visit to the UnionTown well. The submersible pump was powered up and working. There was a flow into the tanks at the site, and gas was being flared.
I next headed to Primary Petroleum’s “Benton Bench” site to see if the rig was there. It wasn’t. Their rig (Patterson UTI #12) just wrapped up Primary’s second Dupuyer Ridge well (located in the Gypsy Basin area). It seems the rig and crew are taking a well deserved brief break before moving to Benton Bench.
From there, I headed back to Teton County, and paid a visit to Primary Petroleum’s “Ralston” location. They finished drilling this site several weeks ago. Now there is a “workover” rig from Liquid Gold, a Cut Bank well service firm.
Reports are that the workover rig is doing some “science” on the hole, gathering detailed information on the formations underground.