Three More Glacier County Wells OK’d; Helium Producer To Drill Nisku Well In Roosevelt County

A crew prepares to “spud” a well in Lewis and Clark County, Montana. Sun Times photo by Darryl L. Flowers
Published: Monday, September 23, 2013 5:46 PM CDT

Compiled by Darryl L. Flowers

New Locations

In Glacier County, Synergy Offshore LLC was approved for three wells in the Cut Bank Field, all targeting the Ellis Formation at a proposed depth of 3,025 feet: the NECBSU T202, located at SE NW 2-34N-6W (1350 FNL/1280 FWL); the NECBSU T402 located at SE NW 2-34N-6W (1382 FNL/2621 FWL) and the NECBSU T603, located at NE 3-34N-6W (1378 FNL/865 FEL). The “NECBSU” in the well names translates to “Northeast Cut Bank Sand Unit”.

In Roosevelt County’s East Tule Field, Weil Oil, LLC has been approved to drill the Weil-Bridges 2, located at SE NE 15-30N-48E (1947 FNL/325 FEL). The well targets the Nisku Formation at a proposed depth of 7,600 feet. According to the Board of Oil and Gas Conservation database, this is the first oil well for the firm, which is based in Richmond, Virginia. Parent company Weil Group Resources, LLC, however, is no stranger to Montana. Subsidiary Weil Helium, LLC’s initial project is the production of helium from a 6,500 acre project near Rudyard, Montana. According to the company, the area has strong helium flows from a reservoir that exceeds 2,000,000,000 cubic feet. Helium is produced when natural gas is refined. In 2012, a press release posted on Senator Jon Tester’s website referred to Weil Helium’s Rudyard operation when announcing the Senator’s support for the extraction and sale of helium in the Treasure State.

In Rosebud County, Cardinal Oil, LLC was approved to drill the Galt 1-12-34, located at NE NW 12-9N-34E (990 FNL/2295 FWL). The Galt will target the Eagle Formation at a proposed depth of 2,500 feet.

New Locations – Horizontal Wells

In Roosevelt County, Oasis Petroleum North America LLC was approved to drill the Faye Federal 2759 43-19H, with a Surface Hole Location (SHL) at SW SE 19-27N-59E (510 FSL/1680 FEL) and a Probable Bottom Hole Location (PBHL) of 20,985 feet at SW SE 31-27N-59E (250 FSL/2100 FEL). The well targets the Bakken Formation.

Re-Issued Locations

In Fallon County’s Cedar Creek Field, Fidelity Exploration & Production Co. received re-issued permits for twelve wells, all targeting the Eagle Formation at a proposed depth of 2,000 feet. The wells are: the State 2857, located at NW SW 36-6N-60E (2624 FSL/1258 FWL); the Fee-BR 2838, located at SE SW 21-5N-61E (1305 FSL/2645 FWL); the Fee 2850, located at NE NW 30-5N-61E (116 FNL/1436 FWL); the Fee-BR 2875, located at NE SW 31-6N-61E (2572 FSL/1344 FWL); the Fee-BR 2876, located atNW SE 31-6N-61E (1381 FSL/2576 FEL); the Fee-CP 2225, located at SE NW 13-4N-61E (2624 FNL/1400 FWL); the Fee-CP 2241, located at NW SE 19-4N-62E (2600 FSL/1332 FEL); the Fee 2252, located at SE NW 8-5N-61E (1428 FNL/2588 FWL); the Fee-CP 2863, located at SE NW 11-6N-60E (1924 FNL/1927 FWL); the Fee-CP 2257, located at SW NE 33-7N-60E (1962 FNL/2026 FEL); the Fee-CP 4013, located at NW 7-7N-60E (686 FNL/122 FWL) and the State 4027, located at SW SW 36-8N-59E (675 FSL/670 FWL).

In Richland County, Continental Resources Inc. was permitted for three wells. The Custer 1-7H has an SHL at NE NW 18-27N-54E (508 FNL/2125 FWL) and a PBHL of 19,852 feet at NE NW 6-27N-54E (200 FNL/1980 FWL). The Washburn 1-18H has an SHL at NE NW 18-27N-54E (547 FNL/2096 FWL) and a PBHL of 18,947 feet at SE SW 19-27N-54E (200 FSL/1980 FWL). The Snow 1-13H has an SHL at NW NE 13-23N-54E (280 FNL/1980 FEL) and a PBHL of 19,864 feet at SW SE 24-23N-54E (200 FSL/1980 FEL). The three wells will target the Bakken Formation.

In Sheridan County, a permit was re-issued to Sinclair Oil & Gas Company for the Chisholm 1-31TFH, a Three Forks Formation well with an SHL at NW NW 3-32N-56E (250 FNL/1130 FWL) and a PBHL of 19,982 feet at N2 NE 30-33N-56E (200 FNL/1320 FEL).


In Fallon County’s Lookout Butte Field, Denbury Onshore, LLC filed a completion report for the Unit 12-15, located at SW NW 15-6N-60E (1800 FNL/690 FWL). The well reported an Initial Production (IP) of 44 Barrels of Oil Per Day (BOPD) and 384 Barrels of Water Per Day (BWPD). The well produces from the Red River Formation.

In Richland County, Continental Resources Inc. reported the completion of four Bakken Formation wells. The Hitchcock 1-9H, with an SHL at NE NW 9-26N-53E (200 FNL/1672 FWL) and a Bottom Hole Location (BHL) at SE SW 16-26N-53E (231 FSL/1977 FWL) reported an IP of 340 BOPD, 242 Thousand Cubic Feet of Gas Per Day (MCFPD) and 255 BWPD. The Revere 1-31H has an SHL at SE SW 31-27N-53E (250 FSL/1980 FWL) and two laterals with Bottom Hole Locations of 14,970 at NE SW 30-27N-53E (1341 FSL/2022 FWL) and 18,680 at NE NW 30-27N-53E (239 FNL/2026 FWL). The Revere reported an IP of 613 BOPD, 610 (MCFPD) and 402 BWPD. The Tower 1-4H, with an SHL at NE NW 9-26N-53E (200 FNL/1627 FWL) and two laterals with BHLs of 14,791 feet at SE SW 33-27N-53E (565 FSL/2378 FWL) and 19,277 feet at NE NW 33-27N-53E (236 FNL/2331 FWL) reported an IP of 508 BOPD, 325 MCFPD and 277 BWPD. The Pine 12-1 1H, with an SHL at SE SE 12-24N-51E (280 FSL/740 FEL) and two laterals with BHLs of 10,244 feet at NE SE 12-24N-51E (2057 FSL/763 FEL) and 14,744 feet at SE SE 1-24N-51E (1267 FSL/813 FEL) turned in an IP of 158 BOPD, 430 MCFPD and 173 BWPD.

Also in Richland County, Oasis Petroleum North America LLC reported the completion of the Stilt Federal 2658 42-22H, with an SHL at SE SW 22-26N-58E (200 FSL/1670 FWL) and a BHL of 20,730 feet at SW SW 34-26N-58E (357 FSL/1236 FWL). The Bakken Formation well turned in an IP of 970 BOPD, 846 MCFPD and 2,051 BWPD.

In Roosevelt County, Oasis Petroleum North America LLC filed a completion report for the Ma 2758 41-11B, a Bakken Formation well with an SHL at SW SW 11-27N-58E (390 FSL/600 FWL) and two laterals with BHLs of 10,475 feet at SW SW 11-27N-58E (351 FSL/602 FWL) and 20,475 feet at SW SW 23-27N-58E (334 FSL/609 FWL). The reported IP was 1,626 BOPD, 1,201 MCFPD and 8,470 BWPD.

In Sheridan County, Unit Petroleum Company reported the completion of the Abenroth 1-2H. The Bakken Formation well has an SHL at NE NW 2-36N-54E (300 FNL/1940 FWL) and a BHL of 11,959 feet at SE SW 2-36N-54E (665 FSL/1945 FWL). The IP was reported as 3 BOPD and 300 BWPD.

Abandoned Wells

In Blaine County, Devon Energy Production Co., LP was approved to abandon four wells: the Ross 6-11, located at NE SW 6-30N-18E (1645 FSL/1465 FWL); the F. Olson 18-9, located at NE SE 18-31N-18E (1980 FSL/660 FEL); the Sorensen 7-8, located at SE NE 7-31N-19E (1850 FNL/1272 FEL) and the Olson 18-2, located at NW NE 18-31N-18E (650 FNL/2100 FEL).

In Powder River County’s Bell Creek Field, Denbury Onshore, LLC was approved to abandon the USA 1-1, located at SE SE 1-9S-53E (520 FSL/710 FEL) and the Federal 8-16, located at SE SE 8-9S-54E (612 FSL/855 FEL).

In Toole County’s Devon South Field, Mountain Pacific General Inc. was approved to abandon the Grant 6-33, located at SE NW 33-31N-1E (1980 FNL/1980 FWL) and the Boland 14-28, located at SE SW 28-31N-1E (660 FSL/1980 FWL).

Darryl L. Flowers is the publisher of the Sun Times in Fairfield, Montana,, and can be reached at


“We’ve Got Hydrocarbons”

The moon breaks through the clouds late Saturday night as the drilling continues at the Milford Colony well in Lewis & Clark County. Sun Times photos by Darryl L. Flowers
By Darryl L. Flowers
Published: Monday, September 23, 2013 5:46 PM CDT

The first phase of drilling the Milford Colony  13-11 well in Lewis and Clark County ended Monday afternoon when the drillbit reached “TD,” or total depth. “I feel good about the well. It feels good to have something drilled.” said Glen Landry, a geologist and the President and CEO of Norstra Energy.

The drilling rig reached 850 feet, believed to be in the Two Medicine Formation. Landry examined the cuttings under a stereoscope and recorded the characteristics of the rock. Next to the stereoscope was a light box, used to check for fluorescence, a sign of oil. Landry, with a grin, reported “We’ve got hyrdocarbons.”

In a conversation with Joe Large, President of RPM Geologic, Landry explained that the driller had found several “oil shows.” “We had shows of oil at 309 to 367 feet, 428 feet and at 521 feet we found a red shale layer that produced blooming cut when put into a chemical.” Landry explained to the Sun Times that these oil shows are not an indicator of commercial quantities, “But the oil has to come from somewhere.” Landry thinks the oil may have migrated from the Cone Formation or the Bakken Formation. Both are found throughout the region.

The oil found in the cuttings was a heavy oil, degraded from a light crude over time by exposure to water.

The drilling got underway early Friday afternoon when Faith Drilling Rig #5, a small “single section” rig began boring a wide, shallow hole a few feet from the actual well location. The hole is known as a “rathole,” and is used to store the drillbit as drillpipe sections are being added or removed from the well. As the drillbit bores through the rock, going lower and lower, sections of steel pipe have to be added. The pipe is hollow, allowing drilling “mud” to circulate down the pipe and through holes on the drillbit. The mud cools and lubricates the bit. As the water is pushed down the pipe by powerful pumps, the cuttings-laden fluid exits out the hole by flowing up the outside of the pipe.

After the rathole was completed, the crew from Faith Drilling swapped to a small bit to drill a pilot hole. The pilot hole would serve as a guide for a huge 17 inch bit that drilled the conductor pipe, a large steel pipe that would guide the bit as it first bites into the rock.

Late Friday night Glen Landry sat in his truck watching the drill rig. He was impatient, but excited. The bit could not go fast enough, but he was glad to see a start to the South Sun River Project.

With cement trucks at the ready, the bit was pulled out and Faith Drilling owner Doug Bruner supervised the crew as the long conductor pipe was positioned to be driven into the hole. Landry was nervous.

“I hope the hole doesn’t collapse.” At the top of the well site, just like most of the area, there is a lot of glacial debris, rocks that were worn smooth form being ground under the enormous weight of the glaciers that carved though the region. If the rocks fall into the hole, the drill crew will have to run the bit back down, “reaming” the hole for another try.

The conductor pipe is hoisted above the rig floor and lowered smoothly into position. Now the trucks begin mixing the cement to seal the pipe. Once in place, the cement will cure overnight.

By Saturday afternoon, the drilling process has settled into a routine. A slow routine. The pipe sinks slowly into the Rocky Mountain Front, tiny bits of rock coming out of the shaker, a device that removes the cuttings from the drilling mud.

The crew preps a pipe section for insertion into the drill string. It’s going to be a while before the pipe is needed. The crew, though, stays busy. They check the mix of the drilling mud, making sure it has the right consistency. They check the many humming diesels that drive the rig, the pumps, the generators. There is always something to do.

Finally, as the last streams of sunset find cracks in the clouds, the drill has gone as deep as it can. It’s time to add another section. Rig hands head to the drilling floor and begin the process to lengthen the drillstring. There is a change in the sounds of the diesel engines as the bit slows down and comes to a stop.

A Kelly rig is old school drilling. A Kelly bushing, on the rig floor, turns the Kelly, a square pipe that connects to the pipe and the bit. Newer rigs, especially the larger ones, use a “top drive.”

“For drilling the surface casing, I like the Kelly rig,” says Landry. “They seem to drill a straighter hole.

Landry must be right. While in the “doghouse,” or rig office, a small building located a few steps form the drill floor, I watch as Doug Bruner’s crew uses a device to measure just how straight the hole is. The device is lowered into the hole and punches two tiny holes in a circle of paper smaller than a quarter. One hole is punched, then the device turns slightly. A second hole is punched. Bruner shows the paper through a special viewer. It’s easy to make out a center dot, then several concentric circles. The first circle has two barely noticeable punch holes. “You want to see both of those holes at an equal distance from the center point,” explains Bruner. “That means both the readings are equal, so you have an accurate measurement of the deviation of the hole.”

The two holes are on the innermost of the circles. When the measuring device hit the bottom it registered that there was 1 degree of deviation from a straight-down hole. “That’s just a little more than one foot variation from a perfect vertical,” says Joe Large.

The Milford well is located on property belonging to the Milford Hutterite Colony. Milford was the first colony in the state of Montana. Each day, there was a steady stream of Hutterites walking to the drill site, which was across Highway 287 form the colony.

“Do you think they will find oil?” the Hutterites ask when they see me on the site. On Saturday evening it seems that most of the colony has come out to check the well’s progress. The men gather in a group, the women in another. Teenagers and younger kids congregate in another area.

Two of the Hutterite men walk over as I shoot photos of the rig hand “tripping the bit.” As the men talk about the rig, some youngsters gather around, pointing to the rig and discussing the situation in German.

As I move closer to the rig to get some close-up photos of the rig hands, the Hutterite women walk over and talk about working on an oil rig. “Those are some hard workers,” one of the young ladies comments, nodding toward the raised floor where the crew are working. “It looks like a tough job.”

One of the Hutterite women asks, “Have you ever worked on an oil rig.”

“No,” I reply. “But it is tempting.”

VP Biden visits the Petrobras Research Center


Today, at the Petrobras Research Center (Cenpes), the company’s CEO, Maria das Graças Silva Foster, welcomed the US vice-president, Joe Biden, along with the US ambassador to Brazil, Thomas Shannon, and the US consul general in Rio de Janeiro, John Creamer. The group held a 30-minute closed meeting, which was also attended by Cenpes executive manager Marcos Assayag, advisor to the CEO André Garcez Ghirardi and Brazilian Foreign Affairs Ministry (Itamaraty) representative William Santos.

Following the meeting, the group toured the verification and WAG (Water Alternating Gas) injection laboratories. At the verification lab they were presented with samples of sediments collected during exploratory drilling in Brazil’s offshore basins.

The laboratory uses these samples to analyze and measure the porosity, permeability and fluid saturation level of the sediment. The WAG injection laboratory focuses mainly on natural gas or carbon dioxide (CO2) injection as a means of augmenting oil field production, while avoiding emission of these greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.

Warren Buffett Picks Up Another Newspaper

BH Media Group Acquires The Roanoke Times from Landmark Media Enterprises

ROANOKE, VA – May 30, 2013 – BH Media Group, a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway, will purchase The Roanoke Times from Landmark Media Enterprises on Friday.
Dirks, Van Essen & Murray, a newspaper merger and acquisition firm in Santa Fe, New Mexico, represented Landmark Media Enterprises in the transaction.  Terms were not disclosed.

The acquisition was announced today at an employee meeting by Landmark Chairman and CEO Frank Batten Jr.  Landmark has owned the 76,000-circulation daily since 1969.

Terry Jamerson, a vice president of BH Media and publisher of the Lynchburg News and Advance, has been named publisher of The Roanoke Times, according to a news release from BH Media.  Jamerson replaces Debbie Meade, who has been the Times’ publisher since 2007.

“I’m looking forward to working with the team at The Roanoke Times, which is truly one of Virginia’s outstanding newspapers and digital enterprises.  All of us at BH Media are excited to become associated with a newspaper that consistently delivers quality news and information for the greater Roanoke area,” Jamerson said.

“We’re delighted to have The Roanoke Times join our growing family of newspapers,” said Terry Kroeger, CEO of BH Media Group.  “The Times is a great fit with our newspapers in Virginia, and we welcome the Roanoke employees into the BH Media family.”

Michael Abernathy, president of Landmark’s publishing division, said in a press release that Landmark was “pleased that The Times will be joining a company such as BH Media that is committed to the future of newspapers.”

BH Media group, headquartered in Omaha, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway Company.  BH Media owns 29 daily newspapers and related weekly papers in Nebraska, Iowa, Texas, Oklahoma, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Alabama and Florida.

Veteran Takes Honor Flight

Largent visits the U.S. Marine Corps Memorial while in DC.
By Ken Gjerde
Special to the Fairfield Sun Times,

To Remember . . .

Simms resident Howard Largent 86, recently enjoyed the third Big Sky Honor Flight for Veterans, a tour of Washington, D.C. with focus on the War Memorials and Arlington National Cemetery.   The flights honor our war dead who made the supreme sacrifice, and pay tribute to surviving Montana veterans.  Those senior in age and veterans with terminal illness receive priority for selection to the flights.   Sponsored by Big Sky Honor Flight Committee, which funds the flights, eighty-one male and five women WWII veterans departed Billings Logan International Airport Sunday, April 21st, 2013.  This honor culminated what began in 1944 when eighteen year old Howard was drafted.  His induction, oath and assignment to a branch of service was in Salt Lake City on 10 January, 1945.   Alone from Ulm, he made friends with a Great Falls kid who wanted to be a marine so Howard signed up with him.   He got in but his new found friend didn’t, “so there I was all by myself again.”   He says he made it through boot camp at the Marine Recruit Depot in San Diego, “On the skin of my teeth.  It was six weeks of hell.  They treated everyone like dogs, called you names, and beat you on the head.   The kill or be killed idea kind of screwed with my mind.”   Elwood Richards of Simms had boot camp at the same time.  Howard was home ten days at Easter and then idle at Camp Pendleton for two weeks before sailing for Pearl Harbor, then to Okinawa via Guam where they expected more training, but received none.  “All we knew how to do was close order drill and marching.”   So in June, 1945, minimally prepared for war, he found himself in the Sixth Marine Division on Okinawa, in the last Pacific Island battle and final battle of WWII.   The trip to Washington aroused things he’d forgotten and he was glad he could focus on the good.

His daughter Marlene, a registered nurse, joined him on the flight to share the experience and assist him with walker and wheelchair.  Others assisting were seven emergency medical response staff and other helpers, and members of the all volunteer Big Sky Honor Flight Committee.   After their 5:45 a.m. arrival at the airport and 7:30 a.m. departure he found himself thinking about sleep as well as his gratitude.  He knew no one but found people with whom he had mutual friends.  There were a few “Seabees” (combat engineers) and six ex-marines on the flight, the rest being army, navy and air corps veterans.   Arriving at Dulles International Airport at 1:15 p.m., their plane was showered from both sides by fire truck water cannons as it approached the gate.   Greeting them were a band playing patriotic numbers, veteran supporters with welcome and thank you signs, various political dignitaries and a group of Vietnam Veterans with shiny Harley Davidson motorcycles ready for their afternoon escort.   The Montana veterans became a center of attention for a group of New Hampshire middle school students who questioned them about the war and what it was like.

The Honor Veterans were assigned to three tour buses, and a van for those needing special assistance, and departed at 3:00 p.m. for three memorials.  The Korean War Memorial was striking with its nineteen ten foot high stainless steel statues of armed infantrymen posed maneuvering in a field of grass.  One veteran saw it as so real he felt he was moving right among them, knowing what they were doing and feeling.  The massiveness of the Lincoln Memorial surprised some as did the length, height and stark vividness of the Vietnam Memorial Wall.

Montana’s Lt. Governor, John Walsh, a veteran of 2004-2005 Iraq, is the  Honorary State Chairman for the Honor Flights and was the lead person on Howard’s bus and counted heads for each boarding.   Howard liked getting to know him, found him to be down to earth enjoyable company, had the privilege of him pushing his wheel chair at the WWII memorial and sat beside him at the banquet later in the evening.  Following an hour’s stop to settle into their hotel rooms, the hotel’s Potomac Ball Room was the site for their reception and banquet featuring delicious Prime Rib and a program of greetings.

Breakfast Monday morning was early and delicious with time for meeting members of the flight for conversation, reminiscing and recounting experiences.   They boarded buses at 8:15 a.m. to tour the city and arrive at the World War II Memorial at 9:30 a.m.   A police escort kept the group moving on schedule.  The cherry blossoms weren’t their usual dominating attraction, due to frost, as they viewed the U.S. Capitol areas and the 9/11/01 terrorist attack damaged Pentagon.   A group picture was taken at the WWII Memorial with a large rectangular concrete pillar and arch in the background.  Smaller pillars, named for each state, form a circle boundary to the Memorial.

The WWII Memorial offered time for individual pictures and time to reflect on the veteran’s own experiences.   For Howard this was being one of 11,000 marine replacements.  The First and Sixth Marine Divisions had cleared the northern portion of Okinawa and the Sixth was joining the battle for the southern portion when he was assigned to its Fourth Marine Regiment, Second Battalion, George Company.   “I came in the last part of it.   I was an assistant BAR (Browning Automatic Rifle) man and a stretcher bearer.  We had to go up in the lines and get the wounded.  A lot of kids with me as replacements were killed.”  The night before Howard landed on Okinawa the marines were fed all they could eat of steak, mashed potatoes and all the trimmings, evoking the usual jokes about it being their “last meal” before the “execution”.   The core of his Fourth Marine Regiment was the men of the renowned Carlson’s Marine Raider Battalion.    He remembers times when his squad leader was a PFC instead of the normal Sgt. or Cpl., so rapidly were marines being killed and wounded.   He says it was a place where you “grew up fast.”   Moving up, a man was shot right in front of him, but with the shot fired from behind he guessed he had been the target.  Elements of the Sixth Division participated with others in some of the fighting for Sugar Loaf, a key hill closely supported by two other hills giving   each hill triangulated fire support.   It took ten days to win the hills and clear the caves with 7,547 killed and wounded.   He and Gene Converse, who was in the Navy aboard ship in support of the Okinawa battle, were friends.  Gene lived in Fairfield from late childhood until his death in 2001 and they had talked about seeing an ammunition ship blown up by a kamikaze plane in the harbor off Naha.  Readers may remember that Ross Peace was also aboard ship at Okinawa at the same time.   Howard was on Okinawa until 8 July, 1945.

After Okinawa the Fourth Marines were based on Guam preparing for the invasion of Japan which included digging a long latrine trench between Quonset huts being readied for barracks.   At a movie it was announced that the U.S. had dropped the atomic bomb on Japan and “we didn’t even know what it was.”  After the Japanese surrender the Fourth Marines went to Japan with Task Force 31 occupation group at Yokosuka Naval Base. They docked beside the USS Missouri.  A big sign, “U.S. Navy welcomes U.S. Marines to Japan” greeted them.  Howard said he was the nineteenth Marine to set foot on the Japanese homeland.   One job he had was supervising a group of Japanese in a boiler room (See photo).   His eleven months in Japan included much Military Police duty with time in Sasebo and Yokohama.   He toured Nagasaki and found the devastation hard to believe.   At Yokohama he saw Japanese in American clothing and learned they had been born in the U.S. and had asked to be returned to Japan.    He remembers racism where a USO show with a minority performer, was boycotted.   He endured seven troop ship ocean voyages and was seasick on every one except the last one home to San Diego where he was discharged on 26 August, 1946.

General Simon B. Buckner, overall commander of the four Army and three  Marine divisions in the Okinawa Battle, was killed by artillery fire while observing the fighting on 18 June, 1945.    By 21 June, the official end of the battle, 8,277 Sixth Marine Division marines were killed or wounded, with total U.S. military casualties of 49,151 killed and wounded in the 82 day battle for Okinawa.   These numbers accent the enduring meaning of Arlington National Cemetery to our nation.   The ceremonial changing of the guard at Arlington impressed all with its uniformity of participants in size, slow pace, dress uniforms, crispness and precision of movements.   The presentation of arms also reminded Howard of “M-1 Thumb”, a condition where the bearer of the standard issue WWII M-1 Rifle gets his thumb caught in the breech as the bolt action snaps closed.   From the cemetery at Arlington he could see General Robert E. Lee’s memorial residence as the cemetery lies within the boundary of General Lee’s original plantation.

After a very good lunch on the bus they set foot at the Iwo Jima Memorial.  This very large bronze monument depicting the marines raising the American Flag on Mount Surubaci moved them, but no monument can tell the story of the dying suffered by the 25,851 killed and wounded marines in the battle for Iwo.   However, the symbolism in the flag raising scene evokes a tribute to all who have fought in all our nation’s wars, fighting for the freedom our flag represents.

The Memorial to President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, built featuring large white blocks of granite from South Dakota, displays famous quotes of FDR.  It includes scenes of the depression era with life-size statues of farmers, bread lines and other scenes.

Air traffic at Dulles International is stopped when Air Force One or foreign leaders are landing or taking off.  The same discipline, privilege and tribute was accorded the Honor Flight.  No other planes moved on their landing, taxiing and takeoff.   Senators Max Baucus and John Tester and Representative Steve Daines each made at least one appearance to the tour and addressed the Honored Veterans.  Representatives of their Washington and Billings staffs saw the veterans off and welcomed them at the Dulles and Logan airports.   Thank you and welcome back signs adorned Logan International upon their return.

This past April eleventh, Howard and his wife Jean celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary.   They live in Simms and have three daughters, Marlene Largent and Sharon Wheeler of Simms and Carol Graves of Missoula; and one son Jim Largent of Simms.  Howard grew up in the Cascade and Ulm areas and spent many years in county road maintenance.   He was not allowed to keep a diary or have a camera on Okinawa and he regrets forgetting so much.   Jean, nee Speer, was raised in Conrad.  She managed the Sun River Truck Stop for thirteen years and cooked many years at the Cozy Corner in Fairfield and the Lazy B in Augusta.  Howard was one of many veterans featured in the Simms High School English and U.S. History Classes Heritage Project a few years ago.  We extend our appreciation for information for his story, to Howard and his family and to the Simms Public School and the Heritage Project for their gracious willingness to grant access to their interview with Howard.

Stene Hultgren Is Ready To “Rig Up”

Stene Hultgren. Sun Times photo
By Darryl L. Flowers

Stene Hultgren would like a summer job. On an oil rig.

The 19 year old, a Freshman at Montana Tech in Butte where he is studying Petroleum Engineering, says he would like to take on any job in the oil field to get started, “I would like to get the experience of working on a rig.”

Stene is the grandson of “Swede” and Faye Olsen of Fairfield. He grew up in Molt, Montana where he was homeschooled by his Mom, Tara.

According to Hultgren, there are three types of Petroleum Engineers: Reservoir, Drilling and Production. “I want to pursue Drilling and Production… the Reservoir engineers have to spend too much time in an office looking at charts and data.”

Growing up on the family farm in Molt, Stene says he is accustomed to the hard work he expects on a rig, “I enjoy working from sun-up to sundown, as long as I’m outdoors.” He adds that being in Butte is hard for him, saying that he is not able to get out of town much, “But I love going to ‘Tech’.”

Hultgren made his decision to work in the oil patch at an early age. When he was 13, he was working with a neighboring farmer when he was asked what he wanted to do when he grew up. The farmer was good friends with Billings oil man Tom Hohn and helped arrange a chat with Hohn. When his Dad, Randy Hultgren found out Stene had an interest in oil and gas, he told his son he knew another oilman, Tom Hauptman, a geologist and surveyor, who also encouraged Stene.

Montana Tech is recognized as being one of the leading Petroleum Engineering and Geology schools in the nation. At a recent career fair on campus, 43 oil and mining firms showed up looking for resumes. Stene was not able to take part, the event is for juniors at the school.

Hultgren is fascinated with the fast pace of the industry, “Developments seem to happen overnight… new technologies… new oil fields are constantly being discovered to make oil exploration and production more efficient.

Stene says when he graduates he hopes to stay in the Montana, or maybe North Dakota Oil Patch. Asked if he would like to work on a rig in the ocean, he doesn’t seem enthused about the possibility, or even the question. After pondering for a few seconds, he admits that working on a rig in Norway, where his ancestors come from would interest him, maybe working for a company like Norwegian oil giant Statoil.

But the thought of working on a rig down south, in the Gulf of Mexico, causes Stene to shake his head, “Man, down there south of Texas… it’s too hot to work on a rig out in the ocean.”

Spoken like a true Montana oilman.

Slawson Completes Well Into Upper Bakken Member: Weekly Oil Report

A Bakken well being drilled in Richland County. Sun Times photo by Darryl L. Flowers

Compiled by Darryl L. Flowers

New Locations

In Fallon County’s Cabin Creek Field,  Denbury Onshore, LLC was approved to drill the Unit 11X-03, located at NW NW 3-9N-58E (307 FNL/743 FWL). The well will reach the Red River Formation with a Proposed Depth of 9,400 feet.

In Glacier County’s Cut Bank Field,  Montalban Oil & Gas Operations, Inc. was greenlighted to drill the Kruger 12, located at NW SW 13-37N-5W (1650 FSL/990 FWL), reaching the Madison Formation with a Proposed Depth of 2,900 feet.

In Musselshell County, Antelope Resources, Inc. was approved to drill the Lida Kluzek 2, located at NW NW 20-11N-28E (616 FNL/659 FWL) and targeting the Amsden Formation at 3,300 feet.

New Locations – Horizontal Wells

There were eight new horizontal wells approved during the reporting period. All eight wells will target the Bakken Formation in Richland County and fly the Continental Resources Inc. banner.

The Mufflin 1-30H has a Surface Hole Location (SHL) at NW NE 30-23N-54E (260 FNL/1780 FEL) and a Probable Bottom Hole Location (PBHL) of 14,369 feet at SW SE 30-23N-54E (200 FSL/1980 FEL); the McHenry 1-35H has an SHL at NE NW 35-24N-52E (295 FNL/1553 FWL) and a PBHL of 14,030 feet at SW SW 35-24N-52E (200 FSL/660 FWL); the McHenry 2-35H has an SHL at NE NW 35-24N-52E (295 FNL/1598 FWL) and a PBHL of 13,818 feet at SE SW 35-24N-52E (200 FSL/1980 FWL); the McHenry 3-35H has an SHL at NW NE 35-24N-52E (270 FNL/1343 FEL) and a PBHL of 13,953 feet at SW SE 35-24N-52E (200 FSL/1980 FEL); the McHenry 4-35H has an SHL at NE NE 35-24N-52E (270 FNL/1298 FEL) and a PBHL of 13,957 feet at SE SE 35-24N-52E (200 FSL/660 FEL); the Charlotte Federal 3-11H has an SHL at NW NE 11-25N-52E (260 FNL/2390 FEL) and a PBHL of 19,007 feet at SW SE 14-25N-52E (200 FSL/2200 FEL); the Parsons Federal 1-6H has an SHL at NE NW 6-26N-53E (359 FNL/2098 FWL) and a PBHL of 18,461 feet at SE SW 7-26N-53E (200 FSL/1980 FWL) and the Mulholland Federal 1-32H, with an SHL at SE SW 32-27N-56E (260 FSL/1345 FWL) and a PBHL of 19,973 feet at NE NW 29-27N-56E (200 FNL/1980 FWL).

Re-Issued Locations

In Carbon County, J.J. Bunkirt Oil & Gas Corp. has been approved for two wells.

The Federal 22-26, located in the South Clark’s Fork Field at SE NW 26-9S-22E (1955 FNL/2086 FWL) will target the Greybull Formation at a Proposed Depth of 8,300 feet.

The Summit 21-26, located at NW NE 26-9S-22E (1109 FNL/2473 FEL), has a Proposed Depth of 5,800 feet, aiming for the Colorado Shale.


In Powder River County’s Bell Creek Field, Denbury Onshore, LLC filed a completion report for the Bell Creek Consolidated 33-09R. The well has an SHL at NE SE 33-8S-54E (1900 FSL/661 FEL) and a Bottom Hole Location (BHL) of 4,635 feet at NE SE 33-8S-54E (1841 FSL/940 FEL), reaching the Skull Creek Formation.

The remainder of the completions were in Richland County.

Slawson Exploration Company Inc. filed a completion report for the Boomerang 3-4H. Geologists had been watching this well closely, calling it a “significant completion.” The Boomerang is situated far south of the Elm Coulee Field, with an SHL at NE NW 4-20N-60E (240 FNL/2225 FWL) and a BHL of 15,226 feet at SE SW 4-20N-60E (255 FSL/2596 FEL). At this location, the middle layer of the Bakken System disappears as it is “pinched out.” The Boomerang was drilled into the upper layer of the Bakken. The well reported an Initial Potential of 414 Barrels of Oil Per Day (BOPD), 124 Thousand Cubic Feet of gas Per Day (MCFPD) and 903 Barrels of Water Per Day.

Slawson filed completion reports on three other Bakken wells.

The Archer (Federal) 1-26H has an SHL at NW NW 26-24N-52E (300 FNL/660 FWL) and three laterals: 13,720 feet at SW SW 26-24N-52E (259 FSL/741 FWL); 13,187 feet at NE NE 26-24N-52E (746 FNL/535 FEL) and 13,882 feet at SE NE 26-24N-52E (2450 FNL/313 FEL), the reported IP was 490 BOPD, 539 MCFPD and 275 BWPD. The Android 1-6H has an SHL at SE SE 6-23N-53E (540 FSL/850 FEL) and a BHL of 13,049 feet at NE NE 6-23N-53E (767 FNL/771 FEL) and turned in an IP of 180 BOPD, 210 MCFPD and 136 BWPD. The Rustler 1-4H has an SHL at NE NE 4-23N-52E (200 FNL/700 FEL) and a BHL of 13,948 feet at SE SE 4-23N-52E (250 FSL/780 FEL) and reported an IP of 247 BOPD, 272 MCFPD and 455 BWPD.

Continental Resources Inc. reported the completion of the Candee 3-18H. The Bakken well has an SHL at NE NE 18-24N-53E (145 FNL/380 FEL) and a BHL of 19,274 feet at SE SE 19-24N-53E (208 FSL/784 FEL) and reported an IP of 109 BOPD and 64 MCFPD.

Whiting Oil and Gas Corporation reported the completion of the Simmers 4 21-30-1H, with an SHL at

NE NW 30-25N-57E (375 FNL/1600 FWL) and a BHL of 20,461 feet at SW SW 31-25N-57E (243 FSL/721 FWL). The Simmers reported an IP of 470 BOPD, 256 MCFPD and 1,080 BWPD.

Oasis Petroleum North America LLC filed a completion report for the Sherri 2658 43-9H, with an SHL at SW SE 9-26N-58E (225 FSL/2000 FEL) and a BHL of 20,460 feet at SW SE 21-26N-58E (303 FSL/1456 FEL). The well turned in an IP of 860 BOPD, 644 MCFPD and 186 BWPD.

Expired Permits

All three expired permits for the reporting period were located in Roosevelt County: EOG Resources, Incorporated’s NBB 3-3031H, located at NE NW 30-30N-59E (250 FNL/2425 FWL) and two G3 Operating, LLC wells: the McCabe 1-2-11H, located at NE NW 2-29N-56E (250 FNL/2020 FWL) and the KDW 1-26-35H, located at NE NW 26-30N-56E (250 FNL/1980 FWL).

Abandoned Wells

In Big Horn County’s CX Field, the permits for six wells operated by Fidelity Exploration & Production Co. expired: the Consol Federal 2399 43D, located at NE SE 23-9S-39E (1800 FSL/990 FEL); the Consol Federal 2699 44D, located at SE SE 26-9S-39E (833 FSL/644 FEL); the Consol Federal 2699 44C, located at SE SE 26-9S-39E (795 FSL/733 FEL); the Consol Federal 2399 43C, located at NE SE 23-9S-39E (1785 FSL/1072 FEL); the Consol Federal 2399 43M, located at NE SE 23-9S-39E (1807 FSL/1032 FEL) and the Consol Federal 2699 44M, located at SE SE 26-9S-39E (815 FSL/685 FEL).

In Glacier County’s Cut Bank Field, the permits for two wells operated by Quicksilver Resources, Inc. expired: the Jacobsen-Lee 3, located at C NE SW 23-37N-5W (1980 FSL/1980 FWL) and the Jacobsen Lee 1, located at C NW NW 23-37N-5W (660 FNL/660 FWL).

Also in Glacier County, the permit for the Gage 3606-19-01, operated by Rosetta Resources Operating LP expired. The Gage was located at NE NE 19-36N-6W (390 FNL/660 FEL).

In Toole County, the permit for Keesun Corporation’s Leuck 6-13, located at SE NW 13-34N-3W (2420 FNL/1650 FWL), expired.

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