Richland County Is “Rockin’ The Bakken”: Weekly Oil Report

Compiled by Darryl L. Flowers

New Locations

In Pondera County, K2 America Corp. has won approval for the Graydog #1 3-5-31-5 (NE NW 5-31N-5W). The well, in the Cut Bank Field, will target the Rierdon Formation at a Proposed Depth of 3,040 feet.

In Richland County, G3 Operating has received approval for two wells. The wells are in the Mon Dak West Field and will tap into the Madison Formation. The wells are: the Lien 4 (NE SW 1-22N-59E), with a Probable Bottom Hole Location (PBHL) of 9,419 feet; and the Lien 5 (NE SW 1-22N-59E) with a PBHL 9,305 feet.

In Toole County, Keesun Corp. has been greenlighted for the Potter 2-24C (NW NE 24-34N-3W). The well, located in the Kevin-Sunburst Field, has a Proposed Depth of 1,600 feet and will aim for the Madison Formation.

In Wibaux County’s Pine Field, Denbury Onshore has been OK’ed for two wells.  The Unit 24X-15A (SE SW 15-11N-57E) has a PBHL of 9,607 feet and will tap into the Red River Formation. The Unit 32X-23A (SW NE 23-11N-57E) will bore into the Winnipeg Formation at a Proposed Depth of 9,700 feet.

New Locations – Horizontal Wells

Richland County is “Rockin’ the Bakken”, with a staggering twelve Horizontal Wells approved last week. All the wells target the Bakken layer.

Slawson Exploration was approved for three wells: the Dirk Federal 1-22-21H (NW NW 23-21N-59E), with a PBHL of 20,253 feet; the Boomerang 1-4H (SE SE 36-21N-59E), with a PBHL at 15,436 feet; and the Barbarian 1-14H (NE NE 14-23N-53E), with a PBHL at 14,242 feet.

Continental Resources was granted a permit for the Belleeza 1-12H (NE NW 12-23N-53E), with a PBHL of 19,627 feet.

Whiting Oil and Gas Corp. won approval for four wells. The wells are: the Palmer 24-21-1H (SE SW 21-26N-57E) with a PBHL of 20,920; the Watts 42-21-1H (SE NE 21-24N-59E) with a PBHL of 20,185 feet; the Cavanaugh 24-35-1H (SE SW 35-26N-56E) with a PBHL of 20,354 feet; the Wheeler 21-1-1H (NE NW 1-25N-58E) with a PBHL of 20,497 feet.

Oasis Petroleum North America was greenlighted for the Stilt Federal 2658 42-22H (SE SW 22-26N-58E) with a PBHL of 20,759 feet.

Rounding out the Richland County locations are three by Brigham Oil & Gas. The wells are the Warren 15-22 1H (NW NE 15-25N-59E) with a PBHL at 20,249 feet; the Warren 15-22 2H (NW NE 15-25N-59E) with a PBHL at 20,039 feet; and the Judith 10-3 2H (NW NE 15-25N-59E) with a PBHL at 20,735.

In Roosevelt County, Oasis Petroleum North America won approval for the Jimbo Federal 2759 12-14B (NE NW 14-27N-59E). The well has a PBHL of 20,461 feet.

Re-Entry of Plugged Wells

In Powder River County’s Bell Creek Field, Denbury Onshore, LLC won approval for the Federal 6209 (NE SE 12-9S-53E). The well will shoot for the Skull Creek Formation at a Proposed Depth of 4,672 feet.

Re-Issued Locations

In Richland County, XTO Energy was approved for three locations, the Donna 31X-15 (NW NE 15-24N-56E) with a PBHL of 19,897 feet; the Elaine 34X-21 (SW SE 21-24N-56E) with a PBHL of 18,708 feet; and the Wilbur 34X-29 (SW SE 29-24N-56E) with a PBHL of 19,620 feet. Also in Richland County, a Re-Issued Location permit was granted to Slawson Exploration for the Archer (Federal) 1-26H (NW NW 26-24N-52E) with a PBHL at 13,461 feet. All the Richland County wells will target the Bakken Formation.

XTO Energy was approved for two Re-Issued Locations in Roosevelt County: the Grindland 34X-25 (SW SE 25-28N-57E) with a PBHL of 19,864 feet and the Smith 13X-2B (NW SW 2-27N-57E) with a PBHL of 19,493 feet. Both are headed for the Bakken Formation.

Somont Oil Company, Inc. was granted three Re-Issued Locations, all in the Kevin-Sunburst Field in Toole County. The three wells are: the State 56 (SW NE NE 36-35N-2W), with a Proposed Depth of 1,375 feet (Madison Formation); the State 57 (E2 SW NE 36-35N-2W), with a Proposed Depth of 1,400 feet (Rierdon Formation); and the State 58 (SE NE 36-35N-2W), with a Proposed Depth of 1,340 feet (Swift Formation).

Permit Modifications / Corrections

Two Permit Modifications were approved last week. In Richland County, Slawson Exploration was issued a permit for the Cleaver 1-30H (SW SW 30-21N-60E). The Bakken well has a PBHL of 15,101 feet. In Roosevelt County, XTO Energy, Inc. received a permit for the Smith 13X-2B (NW SW 2-27N-57E). The well has a PBHL of 19,493 feet, tapping into the Bakken Formation.

Expired Permits

Two permits in Roosevelt County expired last week. Both were issued to Fort Worth Operating Company, LLC. The wells are the M. Knowlton 4-14 (SE SW 4-28N-50E) and the V. Clark 20-10 (NW SE 20-29N-50E).

Darryl Flowers is the Publisher of the Sun Times in Fairfield, Montana, Darryl can be reached at


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 ( 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.

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