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).

Completions

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, www.fairfieldsuntimes.com, and can be reached at publisher@fairfieldsuntimes.com

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Omimex OK’d For Glacier Tribal Well; Petroshale Gets OK For Judith Basin Well

Compiled by Darryl L. Flowers

New Locations – Horizontal Wells

In Richland County, Whiting Oil and Gas Corporation was approved for three Bakken wells. The Christiansen 34-11-5H has a Surface Hole Location (SHL) at SW SE 11-25N-58E (325 FSL/1880 FEL) and a Probable Bottom Hole Location (PBHL) of 20,121 feet at NW NE 2-25N-58E (240 FNL/1960 FEL); the Christiansen 34-11-6H has an SHL at SW SE 11-25N-58E (325 FSL/1835 FEL) and a PBHL of 20,164 feet at NE NE 2-25N-58E (240 FNL/1280 FEL) and the Christiansen 34-11-7H has an SHL at SW SE 11-25N-58E (325 FSL/1790 FEL) and a PBHL of 20,477 feet at NE NE 2-25N-58E (240 FNL/600 FEL).

Re-Issued Locations

In Fallon County’s Cedar Creek Field, Fidelity Exploration & Production Co. was greenlighted for 14 wells. All of the wells will target the Eagle Formation at a Proposed Depth of 2,000 feet. The wells are: the State 2860, located at SW SE 36-6N-60E (118 FSL/1446 FEL); the Fee 2881, located at NE NW 12-7N-59E (457 FNL/1630 FWL); the Federal 2955, located at SW NE 4-6N-60E (1970 FNL/2004 FEL); the Fee 2907, located at SE NW 30-7N-60E (1974 FNL/1849 FWL); the Fee-CP 2903, located at SW SE 3-4N-61E (536 FSL/1887 FEL); the Fee-CP 2972, located at SW NW 7-4N-62E (2479 FNL/1254 FWL); the Fee-CP 2970, located at SE NW 17-4N-62E (1980 FNL/973 FEL); the Fee-CP 2971, located at NW SW 17-4N-62E (1383 FSL/1097 FWL); the Fee-CP 2982, located at SW SE 5-5N-61E (159 FSL/1406 FEL); the Fee 2983, located at NW NW 8-5N-61E (120 FNL/1211 FWL); the Fee 2981, located at SE SW 9-5N-61E (1266 FSL/2586 FWL), the Fee-CP 2980, located at NW SW 15-5N-61E (2465 FSL/1318 FWL), the Fee-CP 4045, located at NW 31-9N-59E (1274 FNL/129 FWL) and the Fee-CP 4050, located at SE NW 31-9N-59E (1761 FNL/2028 FWL).

In Glacier County, Omimex Canada, Ltd. received approval for the Tribal 355 6-7-37N-7W, with an SHL at SE NW 7-37N-7W (1917 FNL/2074 FWL). The Tribal will aim for the Duperow Formation at a depth of 6,000 feet.

In Judith Basin County, Petroshale Energy, LLC was greenlighted to drill the Cobra 1A, located at SW SE 36-15N-14E (350 FSL/2287 FEL), targeting the Kibbey Formation at a Proposed Depth of 3,500 feet.

In Richland County, there were five re-issued permits for Bakken wells. XTO Energy Inc. was approved to drill the Shaw 44X-13, with an SHL at SE SE 13-22N-59E (366 FSL/341 FEL) and a PBHL of 17,067 feet at NE SE 12-22N-59E (1948 FSL/1000 FEL) and EOG Resources Inc. was approved to drill the Candee 4-0405H, with an SHL at NE SW 4-25N-53E (1960 FSL/1545 FWL) and a PBHL of 13,725 feet at NW NE 5-25N-53E (660 FNL/2245 FEL).

The remaining three re-issued permits in Richland County went to Slawson Exploration Company Inc. The Slawson wells are: the Dag 1-8H, with an SHL at SW SW 8-21N-59E (200 FSL/675 FWL) and a PBHL of 14,522 feet at NW NW 8-21N-59E (700 FNL/735 FWL); the Hornet 1-25H, with an SHL at NE NE 36-23N-54E (270 FNL/775 FEL) and a PBHL of 14,674 feet at NE NE 25-23N-54E (700 FNL/775 FEL) and the Savage 1-32H, with an SHL at NE NE 32-24N-52E (350 FNL/668 FEL) and a PBHL of 14,032 feet at SE SE 32-24N-52E (250 FSL/750 FEL).

In Roosevelt County, EOG Resources, Inc. won approval for the Star Coulee 3-1720H, a Bakken Formation well with an SHL at NW NE 17-27N-58E (200 FNL/1575 FEL) and a PBHL of 20,164 feet at SW SE 20-27N-58E (200 FSL/1800 FEL).

In Rosebud County, Fidelity Exploration & Production Co. was approved to drill the Sun Coulee 24-14H. The Heath Formation well has an SHL at SE SW 14-9N-34E (330 FSL/2310 FWL) and a PBHL of 9,580 feet at NW NW 14-9N-34E (380 FNL/380 FWL).

Permit Modifications / Corrections

A permit modification or correction was issued to Petro-Hunt, LLC for the Nagode 12-61 20D-3-1 well located in Wibaux County. The Nagode, located at SE SE 20-12N-61E (661 FSL/1295 FEL) will target the Red River Formation at a Proposed Depth of 11,350 feet.

Completions

In Glacier County, Anschutz Exploration Corporation filed a completion report for the Flat Iron 1-8-32-12, located at SW SE 8-32N-12W (988 FSL/1427 FEL). The Flat Iron reported an Initial Potential (IP) of 49 Barrels of Oil Per Day (BOPD) and 8 Thousand Cubic Feet of gas Per Day (MCFPD). According to the Board of Oil and Gas Conservation, the Flat Iron is producing from the Cone Calcareous Member.

In Richland County,  Slawson Exploration Company Inc. filed completion reports for three Bakken Formation wells. The Pilum 1-24H has an SHL at NW NW 24-21N-59E (250 FNL/275 FWL), a BHL of 15,290 at SW SW 24-21N-59E (254 FSL/849 FWL), and reported an IP of 160 BOPD, 103 MCFPD and 144 Barrels of Water Per Day (BWPD). The Dirk Federal 1-22-21H has an SHL at NW NW 23-21N-59E (587 FNL/286 FWL) and two laterals, with a BHL of 17,056 feet at NW NE 21-21N-59E (1001 FNL/1356 FEL) and 16,622 feet at SE NE 21-21N-59E (1848 FNL/807 FEL). The Dirk reported an IP of 207 BOPD, 41 MCFPD and 481 BWPD. The Weasel 1-36H has an SHL at NW NW 36-23N-53E (210 FNL/1050 FWL), a BHL of 13,834 feet at SW SW 36-23N-53E (697 FSL/786 FWL), and turned in an IP of 184 BOPD, 202 MCFPD and 348 BWPD.

Continental Resources Inc. brought in four Bakken Formation wells in Richland County. The Rognas 3-27H has an SHL at S2 S2 27-25N-55E (175 FSL/2640 FEL), a BHL of 20,097 feet at NW NE 22-25N-55E (236 FNL/2637 FEL) and reported an IP of 445 BOPD, 371 MCFPD and 157 BWPD. The Butka 3-5H has an SHL at S2 S2 5-23N-54E (175 FSL/2640 FEL), a BHL of 19,672 feet at NW NE 32-24N-54E (284 FNL/2649 FEL) and turned in an IP of 776 BOPD, 388 MCFPD and 253 BWPD. The Klasna (Redrill) 3-19H, with an SHL at SE SE 19-24N-54E (225 FSL/1230 FEL) and a BHL of 19,527 feet at NE NE 18-24N-54E (231 FNL/1292 FEL) reported an IP of 505 BOPD, 173 MCFPD and 45 BWPD. The Osborn 1-34H, with an SHL at SE SW 34-27N-56E (180 FSL/1960 FWL) and a BHL of 19,894 feet at NE NW 27-27N-56E (231 FNL/1985 FWL) reported an IP of 322 BOPD, 306 MCFPD and 225 BWPD.

Oasis Petroleum North America LLC reported the completion of the David Federal 2658 43-9H in Richland County. The Bakken Formation well has an SHL at SW SE 9-26N-58E (225 FSL/2100 FEL) and a BHL of 20,050 feet at NW NE 4-26N-58E (287 FNL/2003 FEL). The well recorded an IP of 1,185 BOPD, 763 MCFPD and 2,484 BWPD.

Whiting Oil and Gas Corporation reported the completion of the Vitt 31-17-1H, a Bakken well located in Richland County. The Vitt has an SHL at NW NE 17-25N-57E (186 FNL/2356 FEL) and a BHL of 21,801 feet at SW SW 20-25N-57E (237 FSL/738 FWL) and reported an IP of 224 BOPD, 180 MCFPD and 494 BWPD.

In Roosevelt County, G3 Operating, LLC filed a completion report for the Sorensen 1-6-7H, with an SHL at NW NE 6-29N-57E (300 FNL/1980 FEL) and three laterals with BHLs of 17,176 feet at  SW NE 7-29N-57E (2364 FNL/1957 FEL); 17,146 feet at SW NE 7-29N-57E (2338 FNL/1985 FEL) and 19,865 feet at SW SE 7-29N-57E (234 FSL/1974 FEL). The IP was reported as 0 BOPD, 0 MCFPD and 0 BWPD.

In Rosebud County, Fidelity Exploration & Production Co. filed completion reports for two Heath Formation wells. The Kincheloe 11-23H has an SHL at NW NW 23-12N-32E (552 FNL/1185 FWL) and four laterals with BHLs at 6,710 feet at SE NW 23-12N-32E (2196 FNL/1425 FWL); 9,352 feet at SE NE 26-12N-32E (2071 FNL/2246 FEL); 5,698 feet at NW NW 23-12N-32E (1197 FNL/1336 FWL) and 8,007 feet at NE SW 23-12N-32E (3290 FNL/2099 FWL). The Kincheloe recorded an IP of 2 BOPD, 28 MCFPD and 180 BWPD. The Grebe 31-33H, with an SHL at NW NE 33-11N-33E (337 FNL/2312 FEL) and a BHL of 9,688 feet at SE SE 33-11N-33E (379 FSL/340 FEL) turned in an IP of 1 BOPD, 73 MCFPD and 56 BWPD.

In Sheridan County, TAQA North USA, Inc. reported the completion of four Bakken Formation wells. The McKinnon 17-8H, with an SHL at SE NE 17-37N-57E (1990 FNL/240 FEL) and a BHL of 12,070 feet at SE NE 16-37N-57E (1939 FNL/720 FEL) recorded an IP of 4 BOPD, 6 MCFPD and 633 BWPD. The Hellegaard 8-1H-1, with an SHL at NE NE 8-37N-57E (30 FNL/260 FEL) and a BHL of 12,505 feet at NE NE 9-37N-57E (785 FNL/705 FEL) turned in an IP of 40 BOPD, 17 MCFPD and 463 BWPD. The Hellegaard 8-1H-2, with an SHL at NE NE 8-37N-57E (80 FNL/260 FEL) and a BHL of 12,015 feet at NW NW 8-37N-57E (685 FNL/695 FWL), reported an IP of 55 BOPD, 30 MCFPD and 490 BWPD. TAQA’s State 16-12H well, with an SHL at NW SW 16-37N-56E (2365 FSL/260 FWL) and a BHL of 12,008 feet at NE SE 16-37N-57E (2054 FSL/691 FEL) turned in an IP of 10 BOPD, 0 MCFPD and 580 BWPD.

Expired Permits

In Richland County, the permits expired for three Slawson Exploration Company Inc. wells: the Targe 1-18H, located at NE NE 18-21N-59E (250 FNL/700 FEL); the Scimitar (Federal) 1-8H, located at NE NE 8-20N-60E (230 FNL/749 FEL) and the Muzzleloader 1-11H, located at SE SE 11-22N-56E (225 FSL/925 FEL).

Abandoned Wells

Two wells were approved to abandon during the reporting period. Both wells are in Big Horn County and listed Fidelity Exploration & Production Co. as the operator: the Federal 2699 24C, located at SE SW 26-9S-39E (416 FSL/2028 FWL) and the Federal 2699 24D, located at SE SW 26-9S-39E (442 FSL/1982 FWL).

Darryl L. Flowers is the Publisher of the Sun Times in Fairfield, Montana, www.fairfieldsuntimes.com, and can be reached at publisher@fairfieldsuntimes.com.

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.

Completions

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, www.fairfieldsuntimes.com. Darryl can be reached at publisher@fairfieldsuntimes.com.

Primary Files Completion Reports on Teton, Pondera Wells: Weekly Oil Report

Patterson Rig #12 drills at Primary Petroleum’s Dupuyer Ridge well on January 8, 2012. Sun Times photo by Darryl L. Flowers
Published: Saturday, February 23, 2013 9:53 AM CST

Compiled by Darryl L. Flowers

New Locations

In Powder River County’s Bell Creek Field, Denbury Onshore, LLC has been approved for two wells that will target the Skull Creek Formation: the Bell Creek Consolid. 33-09R, located at NE SE 33-8S-54E (1900 FSL/661 FEL); and the Bell Creek Consolid. 34-13R, located at SW SW 34-8S-54E (623 FSL/720 FWL). Both wells have a Proposed Depth of 4,700 feet.

New Locations – Horizontal Wells

In Richland County, Continental Resources Inc. was approved for the Fabian Federal 1-10H. The Bakken formation well has a Surface Hole Location (SHL) at SW SW 10-26N-55E (275 FSL/1260 FWL) and a Probable Bottom Hole Location (PBHL) of 20,104 feet at NE NW 3-26N-55E (200 FNL/1980 FWL).

Re-Issued Locations

Anschutz Exploration Corporation was greenlighted for the Whitecalf 1-4-30-11, with an SHL at NW NE 4-30N-11W (940 FNL/1853 FEL) and a Proposed Depth of 7,285 feet. The Whitecalf will target the Kootenai formation.

Permit Modifications / Corrections

In Richland County, XTO Energy Inc. was approved for a Permit Modification/Correction on the Dige 41X-29DXA. The Bakken Formation well has an SHL at NE NE 29-23N-59E (230 FNL/1170 FEL) and a PBHL of 20,625 feet at SE SE 32-23N-59E (250 FSL/100 FEL).

Completions

Primary Petroleum Company USA, Inc. reported the completion of five wells across Pondera and Teton Counties. In Pondera County, Primary reported the Dupuyer Ridge 14-27-28-7, with an SHL at SE SW 27-28N-7W (770 FSL/1847 FWL); the Dupuyer Ridge 16-35-28-8, with an SHL at SE SE 35-28N-8W (797 FSL/664 FEL); and the Benton Bench 4-5-28-4, with an SHL at NW NW 5-28N-4W (2279 FNL/330 FWL) as completed.

In Teton County, Primary reported the completion of the Watson Flats 1-12-23-7, with an SHL at NE NE 12-23N-7W (331 FNL/659 FEL) and the Ralston Gap 4-2-25-6, with an SHL at NW NW 2-25N-6W (1021 FNL/660 FWL).

In Richland County, Brigham Oil & Gas LP reported the completion of the Verrene 15-22 1TFH. The Verrene has an SHL at NW NE 15-25N-58E (300 FNL/1620 FEL) and two laterals, with Bottom Hole Locations (BHL) of 17,673 feet at SW NE 22-25N-58E (2495 FNL/1758 FEL) and 20,218 feet at SW SE 22-25N-58E (248 FSL/1693 FEL), both targeting the Three Forks Formation. The well reported an Initial Potential (IP) of 860 Barrels of Oil Per Day (BOPD); 560 Thousand Cubic Feet of Gas Per Day (MCFPD) and 5,957 Barrels of Water Per Day (BWPD).

Slawson Exploration Company Inc. reported the completion of two Richland County wells, both tapping into the Bakken Formation. The Villain 1-12H, with an SHL at NE NE 12-23N-52E (200 FNL/920 FEL) and a single lateral of 13,462 feet at SE SE 12-23N-52E (680 FSL/717 FEL), reported an IP of 344 BOPD, 371 MCFPD and 147 BWPD. The Rogue 1-36H, with an SHL at SE SE 36-24N-52E (550 FSL/800 FEL) and a BHL of 13,429 feet at NE NE 36-24N-52E (250 FNL/808 FEL) turned in an IP of 220 BOPD, 242 MCFPD and 30 BWPD.

In Roosevelt County, Brigham Oil & Gas LP turned in a completion report for the Crusch 12-1 1H. The Bakken Formation well has an SHL at SW SE 12-28N-58E (300 FSL/1400 FEL) and a BHL of 20,172 feet at NW NE 1-28N-58E (235 FNL/1759 FEL). The Crusch turned in an IP of 973 BOPD, 719 MCFPD and 5,953 BWPD.

Expired Permits

In Richland County, the permit expired for the Hagen 24-34 3-10H, a True Oil LLC well located at SE SW 34-26N-58E (400 FSL/1450 FWL).

Converted to Injection

In Carbon County, Energy Corporation of America was approved to convert the Foothills 6D to injection. The well is located at SW NW 24-6S-17E (2138 FNL/510 FWL).

Darryl L. Flowers is the Publisher of the Sun Times in Fairfield, Montana, www.fairfieldsuntimes.com, and can be reached at publisher@fairfieldsuntimes.com

A Rig is Down

Sun Times file photo by Darryl L. Flowers
By Rachel E. Kelley
Published: Tuesday, February 12, 2013 2:41 PM CST

A shrill ring invades the quiet of our bedroom. Just barely on the edge of sleep, I hear one side of a mumbled conversation, and then my husband says to me, “A rig is down.” A fairly common phrase from him, I know what it means. An oil rig engine needs a part. Rigs can’t run without engines, and just one hour down costs tens of thousands of dollars.  Despite the seduction of sleep, he’ll go save the day like an oilfield superhero. I think of him like that at times like these.

I see oil rigs every day. Similar to the Eiffel Tower, they are a massive construction of steel beams, cables, and our country’s flag fluttering at the top as if they represent something inherently American. Perhaps they do. After all, the oil rig has a reputation. The rig, whipping boy of environmentalists everywhere, has become something more than just a means to get oil; it embodies many things: greed, abuse, capitalism, rape of the earth, pillaging of natural resources, money, power, inequality, pollution.

But to some of us saving a rig is a big deal. Like saving Freddie-Mac. Or Lehman Brothers before its crash in ‘08. Or the auto industry. Like saving the California Grey Whales in Barrow, Alaska in 1988. How ironic.

I’m no stranger to irony. When I drive by an oil rig at night, and the thing is lit up like some kind of heavenly beacon of hope, I inevitably measure the angles of my reasoning and find them incongruent. The uninvited feeling of pride I get when seeing a rig still hangs decidedly under ‘need to reconcile’ in the orderly convictions of my mind.

Many times I’ve examined the conflicted feelings whose origins belong to the oil rig. Aside from its sheer size, the oil rig is not so amazing in-and-of itself. However, the bright lights and heavenly luminescence only make the feeling that much stronger like dramatic music does for movies. Oil rigs are dirty and dangerous up-close.

I often wonder if I’m the only one that sees a rig this way, but I realize the irony has nothing to do with how others see a rig. The paradox lies with me, the avid proponent of clean energy and technology, who admonishes her children to never neglect the sanctity of life, even if such life resides in a caterpillar or housefly. “We respect the earth. We respect all God’s creations,” I tell them. My son stepped mercilessly on a beetle once, and I nearly lost it. How do I remain in awe of the oil rig yet stand so avidly on the side of my earthly home?

I suppose, in my mind, hope trumps the realities of oil. The hope inspired by a rig is bigger than anything the rig may mechanically do. The rig saved us: my husband, my children, and me. Even that wouldn’t be enough for me to revere the rig this way, but it didn’t just save us. The rig saved that dirt and grease-clad man in front of me at the post office whose hands bear the evidence of manual drudgery. He’s mailing his son a Transformer toy for his birthday because he can’t be there. He’s here, in North American Siberia to save his family.

The rig saved the guy and his daughter who slept in the church parking lot under some bushes while they looked for jobs to save the rest of their family back in Washington. It saved the man lugging his meager belongings in a backpack down the side of the road on his way to find the well-springs of hope promised by the rig. His rolled-up sleeping bag slaps the back of his legs as he walks, urging him onward toward his goal.

The artist from Arizona, who custom designed welded architecture, came here too. The housing bubble devoured his dream and his livelihood as if they never were. But the rig saved him and his family.

The rig saved the guy who lost his job—there are so many of those guys. Hundreds of thousands the rig has saved. Perhaps millions. The rig has the power to save every person that comes here.

So when a rig is down, we have to fix it. The rig has lives to save.

Rachel E. Kelley “blogs” under the name “Zealous Mom” at http://zealousmom.areavoices.com/. Kelley lives in Williston, ND which she describes as “… the happiest place on earth (Sorry Disney World) where everyone has a job and makes plenty of money thanks to that fantastic industry you all depend on to run your cars.  Seriously, this place is like Mecca and I love it.” The post was sent to the Sun Times by Montana Petroleum Association.

Wyoming’s True Oil, LLC Greenlighted For Richland County Well: Weekly Oil Report

Published: Tuesday, February 12, 2013 2:41 PM CST

Compiled by Darryl L. Flowers

New Locations – Horizontal Wells

In Daniels County, Sagebrush Resources II, LLC has been approved for the Gunderson 1-8H. The well has a Surface Hole Location (SHL) at NW SW 8-35N-51E (2417 FSL/320 FWL) and a Probable Bottom Hole Location (PBHL) of 13,659 feet at SE NE 17-35N-51E (1980 FNL/660 FEL). The well targets the Bakken Formation.

In Richland County, two Bakken wells were greenlighted. XTO Energy Inc. was approved for the Dige 41X-29DXA, with an SHL at NE NE 29-23N-59E (230 FNL/1170 FEL) and a PBHL of 20,587 feet at SW SE 33-23N-59E (250 FSL/50 FWL). True Oil, LLC was issued a permit for the Anvick 21-3 3-10H. The Anvick has an SHL at NE NW 3-25N-58E (250 FNL/2400 FWL) and a PBHL of 20,490 feet at SE SW 10-25N-58E (200 FSL/1320 FWL).

In Roosevelt County, Oasis Petroleum North America LLC was OK’d for three wells. The Romo Bro Louise 2759 43-9B has an SHL at SW SE 9-27N-59E (255 FSL/1570 FEL) and a PBHL of 20,444 feet at NW NE 4-27N-59E (250 FNL/1960 FEL); the Romo Bro Margaret 2759 43-9B has an SHL at SW SE 9-27N-59E (255 FSL/1520 FEL) and a PBHL of 20,413 feet at NW NW 4-27N-59E (200 FNL/1280 FEL) and the Romo Bro Ray 2759 43-9B has an SHL at SW SE 9-27N-59E (255 FSL/1470 FEL) and a PBHL of 20,574 feet at NE NE 4-27N-59E (250 FNL/600 FEL). All three Roosevelt County wells will aim for the Bakken Formation.

Re-Issued Locations

Thirteen wells were approved for Fidelity Exploration & Production Co.,.

The wells are, in Phillips County (Bowdoin Field, targeting the Mowry Shale): the Federal 1548, with an SHL at NW NE 30-31N-34E (766 FNL/2526 FEL); the Fee 1539, with an SHL at NE NW 4-31N-34E (580 FNL/1822 FWL); the Fee 1546, with an SHL at NW NW 6-31N-34E (660 FNL/321 FWL; the State 1540, with an SHL at SE SW 16-31N-34E (672 FSL/1764 FWL); the Fee 1530, with an SHL at SE SE 34-32N-34E (762 FSL/669 FEL) and the Fee 1526, with an SHL at NE NW 19-31N-34E (394 FNL/2018 FWL); in Rosebud County (Wildcat, targeting the Heath Formation): the Nefsy 44-2H, with an SHL at SE SE 2-11N-33E (328 FSL/568 FEL). In the Valley County portion of the Bowdoin Field, these wells will target the Mowry Shale: the Federal 1549, with an SHL at NW SW 19-31N-35E (2428 FSL/1049 FWL); the Fee 1536 with an SHL at NW NW 2-31N-34E (1046 FNL/681 FWL); the Fee 1538, with an SHL at SE SE 2-31N-34E (756 FSL/1280 FEL); the Fee 1544, with an SHL at NW NW 26-31N-34E (390 FNL/143 FWL); the Fee 1524, with an SHL at NW NW 27-31N-34E (1255 FNL/428 FWL) and the Fee 1542, with an SHL at SE NE 10-31N-34E (1548 FNL/915 FEL).

Completions

In Glacier County, Newfield Production Company reported the completion of two wells. The Tribal Buffalo Jump 1-28, has an SHL at NE NE 28-35N-11W (244 FNL/255 FEL) and a Bottom Hole Location (BHL) of 10,975 feet at NE NE 28-35N-11W (711 FNL/710 FEL); the Tribal Rumney 1-21H has an SHL at SE SE 21-37N-11W (264 FSL/818 FEL) and a depth of 10,283 feet.

In Richland County, Whiting Oil and Gas Corporation reported the completion of the Hackley 21-30H. The well has an SHL at NE NW 30-26N-57E (270 FNL/2370 FWL) and two laterals, with a BHL of 12,038 feet at SE NW 30-26N-57E (2328 FNL/1886 FWL) and a BHL of 19,600 feet at SE SW 31-26N-57E (690 FSL/2030 FWL), with both laterals in the Bakken Formation. The well turned in an Initial Potential (IP) of 235 Barrels of Oil Per Day (BOPD); 211 Thousand Cubic Feet of Gas Per Day (MCFPD) and 692 Barrels of Water Per Day (BWPD).

In Roosevelt County, EOG Resources, Inc. reported the completion of two Bakken Formation Wells. The Highline 1-2833H has an SHL at NW NE 28-29N-59E (380 FNL/880 FEL) and a BHL of 19,774 feet at SW SE 33-29N-59E (710 FSL/807 FEL). The Highline reported an IP of 600 BOPD; 300 MCFPD and 3,360 BWPD. The Stateline 12-2932H has an SHL at NW NW 29-28N-59E (325 FNL/1070 FWL) and a BHL of 19,959 feet at SE SW 32-28N-59E (370 FSL/1608 FWL). The Stateline reported an IP of 528 BOPD; 320 MCFPD and 2,352 BWPD.

In Rosebud County, Central Montana Resources, LLC reported the completion of two wells:  the Zeus 1H-13, which has an SHL at SE SW 13-11N-34E (383 FSL/2419 FWL) and a depth of 5,280 and the Poseidon 1H-5, with an SHL at S2 S2 5-12N-35E (480 FSL/2640 FWL) and a depth of 4,600 feet.

Abandoned Wells

In Glacier County, Newfield Production Company was approved to abandon the Tribal Buffalo Jump 1-28. The well has an SHL at NE NE 28-35N-11W (244 FNL/255 FEL), tapping into the Nisku Formation.

In Toole County, Sonkar, Inc. was approved to abandon the I.H. Baker 2. The well has an SHL at SW SW SE 4-35N-2W (220 FSL/2420 FEL).

Darryl L. Flowers is the Publisher of the Sun Times in Fairfield, Montana, www.fairfieldsuntimes.com, and can be reached at publisher@fairfieldsuntimes.com

Bill Barrett Corp. Adds Two In Toole: Weekly Oil Report

Bill Barrett Corp. was approved for two more Toole County locations. Sun Times photo by Darryl L. Flowers
Published: Tuesday, February 5, 2013 1:02 PM CST

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.

New Locations

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.

Re-Issued Locations

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.

Completions

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.

Abandoned Wells

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.