Compiled by Darryl L. Flowers
This weekend I travelled to Toole County to see what’s happening on the ground, visiting a Bill Barrett Corporation well and checking in with some of the people that work in the Oil Patch in that border area.
I ran into a fellow that works as a “Pumper” in the oil fields at the Derrick Bar and Café in Kevin, Montana.
I told him who I was and the reason for my trip to the area. After a couple of minutes he asked if I had a card. The Pumper told me I didn’t talk like a “newspaperman.”
So I handed him my card, and even grabbed a copy of the Sun Times from two weeks ago out of the truck and gave it to him.
I asked him, “If I don’t sound like a newspaper reporter, what do I sound like?”
“An oilman,” he replied.
I told him that was the nicest thing anyone had said to me in years.
In the Pine Oil Field in Wibaux County, Denbury Onshore, LLC has won approval for the Unit 44X-09A. The well has a Surface Hole Location of SE SE 9-11N-57E (560 FSL/1130 FEL) and a Proposed Depth of 9,900 feet, aiming for the Winnipeg Formation.
The Pine Oil Field, according to the Montana Geological Society, recently celebrated 61 years of production, being discovered on January 28, 1952. The “Discovery Well” was the #1 Pine Unit, drilled by Shell Western E & P Inc. The discovery at Pine, part of the Cedar Creek Structure, resulted in Cedar Creek getting recognition as one of the most prolific oil structures in the Northern Rockies. By 2004, according to the Board of Oil and Gas Conservation, the Pine Field had produced 120,000,000 barrels of oil.
New Locations – Horizontal Wells
All five horizontal wells approved for the period are in Richland County.
Continental Resources Inc. received three of the permits: the Barlow Federal 1-12H, with an SHL at SW SE 12-26N-55E (610 FSL/2255 FEL) and a Probable Bottom Hole Location (PBHL) of 19,549 feet at NW NE 1-26N-55E (200 FNL/1980 FEL); the Wood Federal 1-11H, with an SHL at SE SW 11-26N-55E (460 FSL/2345 FWL) and a PBHL of 19,728 feet at NE NW 2-26N-55E (200 FNL/1980 FWL) and the Lepel 1-34H, with an SHL at SE SW 34-23N-53E (340 FSL/1825 FWL) and a PBHL of 14,137 feet at NE NW 34-23N-53E (200 FNL/1980 FWL).
Whiting Oil and Gas Corporation was greenlighted for two wells in Richland County: the Mullin 21-24-1H has an SHL at NE NW 24-24N-59E (785 FNL/1795 FWL) and a PBHL of 20,039 feet at SW SW 25-24N-59E (240 FSL/660 FWL); the Weber 24-30-1H has an SHL at SE SW 30-24N-60E (440 FSL/1680 FWL) and a PBHL of 20,185 feet at NW NW 19-24N-60E (240 FNL/660 FWL).
All of the new horizontal wells will tap into the Bakken Formation.
In Phillips County’s Bowdoin Field, Fidelity Exploration & Production Co. has been approved for two wells. The Federal 1531 has an SHL at NE NE 11-31N-33E (904 FNL/1279 FEL) while the Federal 1527 has an SHL at SW NW 28-31N-34E (1389 FNL/1298 FWL). Both wells will draw from the Mowry Shale at a depth of 1,800 feet.
According to a U.S. Geological Survey publication from 1917, the Bowdoin Dome is “a broadly arched portion of the earth’s crust from which the strata dip away on all sides, its structure being a type known to be favorable for the accumulation of oil or gas in many fields.”
The USGS noted that a water well drilled in the region “several years ago has been yielding a small flow of gas, sufficient… for domestic use in one family ever since.” In 1915, a large gas well was drilled at Havre in the field. The discovery well was the Martin #1, completed in 1913.
The USGS report commented on the Field Work they conducted at the time: “During the summer of 1916 the writer, assisted by H.R. Bennett and Edwin T. Conant, made an extensive reconnaissance in northeastern Montana. The field work consisted of hastily riding over a large area, noting the outcrops of the formations, collecting fossils…”
In Richland County, two Bakken Formation wells were approved. Continental Resources, Inc. was given the go-ahead for the Ruben 1-9H, with an SHL at SW SE 9-26N-55E (180 FSL/1660 FEL) and a PBHL of 19,979 feet at NW NE 4-26N-55E (200 FNL/1980 FEL). Slawson Exploration Company Inc. was OK’d for the Scabbard 1-34H, with an SHL at SW SW 34-22N-58E (300 FSL/1145 FWL) and a PBHL of 14,759 feet at NW NW 34-22N-58E (250 FNL/750 FWL).
In Toole County, Bill Barrett Corporation was greenlighted for two wells, both targeting the Exshaw Shale. The Simmes Ranch 21-13-36-3WH has an SHL at NE NW 13-36N-3W (200 FNL/2230 FWL) and a PBHL of 7,596 feet at SE SW 13-36N-3W (400 FSL/2230 FWL); the Simmes Ranch 31-14-36-3WH, has an SHL at NW NE 14-36N-3W (400 FNL/1980 FEL) and a PBHL of 7,448 feet at SW SE 14-36N-3W (400 FSL/1980 FEL).
In the Valley County portion of the Bowdoin Field, Fidelity Exploration & Production Co. has been approved for ten wells, all tapping into the Mowry Shale. The wells are: the Federal 1543, with an SHL at NW SE 15-31N-34E (2024 FSL/2263 FEL); the Federal 1525, with an SHL at NW NE 25-31N-34E (1250 FNL/2290 FEL); the Federal 1512, with an SHL at NE NW 14-31N-35E (867 FNL/1905 FWL); the Federal 1516, with an SHL at SW SW 15-31N-35E (1102 FSL/1054 FWL); the Federal 1545, with an SHL at NE SE 19-31N-35E (1523 FSL/753 FEL); the Federal 1523, with an SHL at SE SE 20-31N-35E (1243 FSL/1226 FEL); the Federal 1518, with an SHL at SE NE 21-31N-35E (2421 FNL/775 FEL); the Federal 1517, with an SHL at NW SE 23-31N-35E (1666 FSL/1355 FEL); the Federal 1522, with an SHL at SW NE 23-31N-35E (1589 FNL/2399 FEL) and the Federal 1520, with its SHL at NE NW 29-31N-35E (202 FNL/2317 FWL).
Permit Modifications / Corrections
In Powder River County’s Bell Creek Field, Denbury Onshore, LLC was approved for a modification or correction regarding the Unit 3116R. The well is located at SE SE 31-8S-54E (765 FSL/541 FEL) and has a depth of 4,772 feet, penetrating the Skull Creek Formation.
In Hill County, G/S Producing, Inc. reported they have brought in the Weil 1, located at NW SE 28-34N-9E (2053 FSL/1954 FEL). The gas well, which was drilled into the Red River Formation at a depth of 5,380 feet, reported an Initial Potential (IP) of 2,480 Thousand Cubic Feet of Gas Per Day (MCFPD).
In Musselshell County, True Oil, LLC reported the completion of the Tranel 22-22H. The Heath Formation well has an SHL at SE NW 22-11N-24E (2278 FNL/2534 FWL) and a BHL of 4,824 feet at SE SE 22-11N-24E (797 FSL/357 FEL). The well turned in an IP of 420 Barrels of Water Per Day (BWPD).
In Richland County, XTO Energy Inc. reported the completion of the Peterson 42X-18, with an SHL at SE NE 18-23N-59E (2250 FNL/250 FEL) and a BHL of 19,905 feet at SW NW 13-23N-58E (2029 FNL/750 FWL). The reported IP was 172 BOPD, 18 MCFPD and 323 BWPD. XTO also reported the completion of the Hanson 44X-26B in Richland County. The well has an SHL at SE SE 26-23N-59E (873 FSL/432 FEL) and a BHL of 20,120 feet at NW SW 27-23N-59E (2000 FSL/267 FWL). The well turned in an IP of 304 BOPD, 17 MCFPD and 2,270 BWPD. Both of the XTO wells produce from the Bakken Formation.
Two wells were completed in Roosevelt County. EOG Resources, Inc. completed the Stateline 8-3328H. The well has an SHL at SE SE 33-28N-59E (300 FSL/1000 FEL) and a BHL of 19,497 feet at NW NE 28-28N-59E (712 FNL/1344 FEL). The Bakken Formation well reported an IP of 840 BOPD, 500 MCFPD and 540 BWPD. Landtech Enterprises, LLC completed the Romo 2 SWD, which has an SHL at NW SW 26-28N-58E (2102 FSL/305 FWL). The Romo taps into the Swift Formation at a depth of 5,631 feet.
In Sheridan County, TAQA North USA, Inc. reported the completion of the Flat Lake 11-13H. The well has an SHL at SW SW 11-37N-57E (480 FSL/280 FWL) and a BHL of 11,791 feet. Producing from the Bakken Formation, the Flat Lake reported an IP of 33 BOPD and 525 BWPD.
Denbury Onshore, LLC reported the completion of two wells in the Pine Oil Field in Wibaux County. The Unit 24X-15A, with an SHL at SE SW 15-11N-57E (428 FSL/1544 FWL) and a BHL of 8,752 feet at SE SW 15-11N-57E (175 FSL/1400 FWL) reported an IP of 379 BOPD; 88 MCFPD and 144 BWPD, tapping the Red River Formation. The South Pine Unit 23X-22A, which has an SHL at NE SW 22-11N-57E (2345 FSL/2640 FWL) with a depth of 9,700 feet turned in an IP of 38 BOPD; 5 MCFPD and 44 BWPD. The well taps the Winnipeg Formation (Siluro-Ordovician).
In Yellowstone County, Vecta Oil & Gas, Ltd. reported the completion of the #1 Heberle 33-28. The well, which has an SHL at NW SE 28-7N-32E (1667 FSL/2045 FEL) reported an IP of 90 BOPD and 276 BWPD. The Heberle taps the Amsden Formation at a depth of 6,140 feet.
In Hill County, Devon Energy Production Co., LP was approved to abandon two wells: the Rocky Boy 18-4, with an SHL at NW NW 18-29N-15E (689 FNL/961 FWL) and the Rocky Boy 35-10, with an SHL at NW SE 35-30N-15E (2079 FSL/2181 FEL).
In Toole County, Mountain Pacific General Inc. was approved to abandon the Ostrem 2-33, with its SHL at SE NW 33-32N-3E (1980 FNL/1980 FWL).
Converted to Injection
Three wells, belonging to Denbury Onshore, LLC, were approved for conversion to injection.
In Fallon County’s Lookout Butte Field, the Unit 13X-33, with an SHL at NW SW 33-7N-60E (2000 FSL/780 FWL); and in Powder River County’s Bell Creek Field the Unit 3313, located at SW SW 33-8S-54E (660 FSL/660 FWL) and the Federal 805, located at C SW NW 8-9S-54E (1980 FNL/660 FWL) will be converted to injection wells.