Thursday, July 21, 2011

Top Ten News Stories By Month


These lists will end up being the hardest for me to compile.


Top Stories For March 2019

Bakken, Niobrara producing at all-time highs -- RBN Energy
Frack sand revolution
Bakken: #1 in NGPL yield among US shale plays
CLR to drill 18 wells in 2560-acre unit; already "a dozen" wells in that area
Enerplus plans a 9-well "Metamorphic Rock" pad;
QEP re-fracks the Paul wells;
Boot Barn opens; other Williston economy stories;
ND refinery to help greenfield refineries in the Permian
New ND state law defining mineral rights ownership under "the Lake" ruled constitutional
Fracking strategies in the Bakken
Enbridge's Line 3 delayed for at least a year, Minnesota
Staggering MRO wells have been updated
Random update of yet another spectacular MRO well;
Random update of spectacular MRO wells;
Tier 2/tier 3 looking good
A Madison well with five horizontals 
Peregrine acquires interests in McKenzie County 
Ballantyne acquires about 140 Crescent Point Energy wells in Bottineau County

Top Stories For February 2019

MRO continues to impress; new MRO well producing at 104K bbls/month;
MRO re-fracking program in Bailey oil field
MRO is just incredible; a single well produced at a rate of 99,000 bbls/month
New non-operating company in North Dakota: Lincoln Energy Partners
VEAC announces termination of QEP deal;
Abraxas likely to sell Bakken assets
Cobra Gas & Oil acquires Enduro's assets in Williston;
Four counties in western North Dakota will outproduce Venezuela

Top Stories For January 2019

Boot Barn coming to Williston
Bakken well drilled in 2011 closing in on one million bbls
MRO may have a record well in the Bakken;
20 - 70 years of Bakken drilling
North Dakota oil revenue study, 2008 - 2018
Hess to put 14 wells on one drilling unit just outside of Epping
North Dakota loess as a potential microproppant
Jump in production for an EOG Clarks Creek well
Bruin reports three huge wells in the Bakken 
Whitting: Generation 4.0 fracking completions
MRO and Bruin are competing for bragging rights
A Bruin Fort Berhold well that produced 350K boe in less than five months
Random update of the MRO Arkin well; low volume proppant
Shale wells not producing as much as operators predicted
Oldest wells in North Dakota: to celebrate 65th birthdays
Happy Birthday, Mr Greni, 46 years old and going strong
Permitting hit recent record in October, 2018
Impact of neighboring fracks; and, here; and, here

Top Stories For December 2018

US sets record holiday sales; up 42% over previous record set on year 
The United States becomes a net exporter of crude oil and petroleum products for first time in 75 years
US producers delivering a one-two punch to OPEC
Williston office earns international award
The Bakken setting all kinds of records; Director's Cut -- October, 2018, data;
A preliminary study of the middle and lower benches of the Three Forks;
Noble Energy tiptoes into the Bakken
Bakken sets new natural gas production records; flaring
Canadian CBR now exceeds Bakken CBR
Number of active rigs remain at four-year high;
Canada curtails oil production
Legacy Fund banks another $70 million;
NGL pipeline proposed for the Bakken
Kraken Operating acquires Kaiser-Francis assets in Mountrail County
Happy Birthday, Ms Kate Hopkins #1 -- 61 years old
Meridian hires McDermott for Davis Refinery engineering -- Rigzone
Appeals court dismisses claims against Dakota Access -- Courthouse News
President Barack Obama takes credit for US shale revolution; and, here.
Tier 3 looking like Tier 1?
A 37-year-old Silurian well abandoned after producing one million bbls of oil
Vern Whitten's top 40 photographs of the Bakken

Top Stories For November 2018
US crude oil inventories now over 450 million bbls; more than 7% higher than average.
North Dakota air ambulance airplane crashed shortly after take-off; all three on board killed
Legacy Fund deposits hit recent record
NDIC liberalized flaring rules; in addition, BLM will defer to NDIC, tribal law
Volume of sand used in middle Bakken vs Three Forks wells
Kraken to drill as many as 14 wells in one 640-acre unit
MRO reports eight incredible wells in Reunion Bay
BR's Dodge wells in Dimmick Lake all back on line
Update on CLR's plan to unitize Long Creek
Weekly US crude oil inventories surge; back to re-balancing
CBR: Obstacles -- focus on the Bakken -- RBN Energy
Operators showing an interest in 3-mile long laterals?
Record IPs in the Bakken keep breaking
Sets several all-time records
BLM will defer to state, tribe on flaring issues
Officials see North Dakota crude oil production increasing to over 2 million bopd 
Well goes from pump to free flowing
Oasis now modeling1.5 million boe EUR type curve
Getting ready to start work on "new" natural gas plant near Watford City
EOG: net income of $1.2 billion vs $101 million one year ago
Big Oil moves in on tight oil -- Forbes
Did DNR just swap 200,000 acres in North Dakota for 80,000 acres in the Eagle  Ford?

 Top Stories For October 2018

Oasis hits the sweet spot in Willow Creek
Every well coming off confidential list in 4Q16 has been completed 
Well drilled back in 2011, comes back on line, stronger than ever
The estimated cost to re-frack
NDIC's "Ordinary High Water Mark" Study accepted by NDIC
Williston revokes liquor license for Hearbreakers; suspends license for anoth  The Brooklyn oil field: the Bakken's "ever-ready" oilfield
Another MRO well extrapolates to 107,000 bbls in one month; also, here 
MRO reports a well that produced at a rate of 82,000 bbls in the first month of production
EOG looks to put "multiple wells" on two 640-acre units
$8 million/year production for an old CLR well
Ordinary high water mark survey will be re-visited (again)

Top Stories For September 2018

Newfield plans to add 42 wells to three 1280-acre units
Well in Fort Berthold area produces 150,000 bbls of crude oil in two months
Record IP in the Bakken?
EOG well hits one-million-bbl threshold; and, another one here;
Re-fracking: MRO in the Bailey 
ONEOK looking at the biggest plant yet?
Targeting the Madison
Random update of an old, old CLR North Red River B well
White Rock Oil & Gas re-enters, re-completes an old Duperow well
North Dakota flaring getting worse
Coming out of nowhere: Oasis now the 4th largest producer in North Dakota
EOG fracking in the Parshall; and, here; and, here;
EOG's monster wells in Clarks Creek
Conlin's Furniture to close
Watford City posts largest jump in elementary school enrollment 
Filloon on MRO
MRO likely to be names "North Dakota's operator of the year"; and, here;
NDIC accepts "ordinary high water mark study" results
Bruin: almost 100,000 bbls of crude oil from one well in one month
SHD's Golden well pegs the company's natural gas pressure gauge
XTO wants to unitize a large area of the Bakken -- good luck with that
MRO wells in Bailey oil field hitting 300,000+ bbls crude oil in one year
QEP Tipi with 110,000 bbls in two months
Equinor picking up the pace: here; and, here; and, here; and, here;
PetroShale anticipates eleven (11) more wells on an existing 640-acre drilling unit
ONEOK to build yet another natural gas processing plant, Demicks Lake II
ONEOK to increase natural gas processing in the Williston Basin
Williston, Dickinson lead increase in August enplanements (boarding at airports) 

Top Stories For August 2018

Whiting buys more Bakken acreage
NOG announced its largest acquisition in history
Whiting with permits for an 8-well pad in Tier 2
MRO continues to report incredible wells;
BR reporting some huge Midnight Run wells; and, here;
EOG well, only five years old, goes over one million bbls
Natural gas expansion project proposed for the Roosevelt Gas Plant near Watford City; would quadruple daily throughput
The quality of recent Bakken wells is simply staggering. CLR has raised the bar: CLR is now targeting EURs of 1.2 million bbls for wells with optimized completions. See 2Q18 corporate presentation.
DUCs ontinue to increase in the Bakken -- regardless of what others say
Breakeven in the Bakken: $35 -- Rystad; $17 in some areas -- NDIC
Bakken 2.5 -- year-end update, 2017
Enbridge to buy Spectra Energy Partners
Whiting bucks trend; using "less" proppant
CLR: using max amounts of proppant
CLR fracks a Three Forks Jersey well with 74 stages
A short lateral EOG well goes over one million bbls -- only ten years old
US crude oil inventory drops below 23-day-supply -- not seen since 2014
New single family housing permits increase in Williston (may or may not load)

Top Stories For July 2018

COP temporarily exits the Permian; will focus on the Eagle Ford and the Bakken
North Dakota tax receipts increased well beyond forecasts; and here, 72% higher than projected;
Petro-Hunt acquires 130 Divide County wells from SM Energy
The US is THE global swing producer
New CLR wells produces 150K BOE in thee months
The spectacular MRO wells in Bailey oil field

Top Stories For June 2018

1Q18 taxable sales for the state of North Dakota surge
North Dakota will out-produce Venezuela by the end of the summer
Short term, operators in the Permian could face huge challenges; is the Permian gasier than originally thought? The Bakken still looks like the "gold standard."
The Keystone XL is no closer to completion than it was twelve years ago
CLR: all optimized completions now exceed 1.1 million boe EUR type curve
Update on the oldest CLR Anna well
How neighboring fracks might extend production for older wells  
Huge initial production from an Antelope-Sanish MRO pad
CLR is blowing away the competition in the Bakken -- SeekingAlpha contributor
CLR "massively increasing production"; all optimized completions now have 1.1 million bbl EURs
An old Slawson Bazooka well updated
Getting ready to open up Tier 3 and Tier 4 areas?
Man-camps filling up again in the Bakken 
Very fitting: Miss Williston wins Miss North Dakota
Davis Refiner in southwest North Dakota under construction after getting air quality permit
Legacy Fund deposits set a recent record
Bloomberg on the Comebakken 
Governments stepping back from ludicrous renewable mandates

Top Stories for May 2018

Bakken crude differentials soar on widening Brent-WTI spread
Reader identifies five Bakken horizontal wells that have each produced one million bbls to date
Life history of a Bakken well
Bakken is top producer among shale plays ranked by productivity of new wells -- EIA
Random look at several "50K+" wells -- WPX -- Spotted Horn
MRO in the early running for "best operator of the year"
Anticipating another 24-well array in a 1280-acre drilling unit
MRO reports a record well it the Bakken
CLR has permits for a 12-well pad in Banks oil field
Bakken shale getting "back in the money" -- Bloomberg
North Dakota's oil and gas tax revenues now exceeding forecasts 
WLL conference call: it's all about the Bakken
MPC buys Andeavor
Long X bridge, south of Watford City, slated for 4-lane replacement
New birthing center 
Shale's best days are behind us -- Art Berman -- I guess that's why records continue to be broken; and, here;
Curve build study
CNBC on location in Williston this week
Crude oil production over the next five years
US breaks yet another crude oil production record
Saudi's foreign reserve assets surge  

Top Stories for April 2018

MRO's staggering IPs -- recently completed DUCs; and, here
Newfield may be the best producer in the Bakken -- Filloon
Different completion strategies being tested
North Dakota has completed the much-anticipated high water / low water study of the Missouri River in the Bakken
A must-read commentary on the DAPL over at "Say Anything Blog"
North Dakota will be more flexible regarding flaring 
A reminder: how important the DAPL was for North Dakota
The Madison -- a workover (a frack of sorts) -- jump in production
Enerplus with permits for a 10-well pad
Bakken production up 24% year-over-year
New operator in the Bakken: Challenger Point Energy
SM Energy to exit the Bakken
Definition; evolution of completion strategies
CLR with an 82-stage frack
CLR with a 71-stage frack 
Housing shortage in Williston
Bald eagles make astonishing comeback in North Dakota
Random look at a Madison well that Cobra is considering for re-entry; the well has produced 613,000 bbls of oil to date; drilled in 1982, celebrating its 36th birthday this year
NOG to acquire 1,319 acres in perhaps the best Bakken for $49 million, mostly cash

Top Stories for March 2018

2017 taxable sales and purchases: up 24% in the Bakken; -3% for most of the rest of the state
Production per rig, the Bakken beats all other plays
SHD's "Golden" well has been added to the list of "monster wells"
CLR EUR type curves up to 1.1 million bbls
The myths of shale -- Richard Zeits
Boomtown is back -- Bloomberg
Another huge re-fracked MRO well
MRO is reporting huge wells in Bailey oil field
MRO re-accomplishing a failed frack 
MRO reports an incredible pad in Antelope oil field
Random update of an MRO mini re-frack in Antelope oil field
Frack using 20 million lbs sand
Huge jump in production in an old WPX well
A Madison well has a jump in production; month-over-month, production jumped 20x; Madison well fracked; 
An old EOG short lateral coming up on 600,000 bbls of crude oil cumulative
Average daily production per well improves in the Bakken
Huge jump in production in this well; no re-frack data
Filloon does not see evidence of shale operators running out of drilling locations
US Army Corps of Engineers miss DAPL deadline
Two new elementary schools for Williston; addition to Williston High School
Williston's fire safety rating: jumps to top 2% of the nation

Top Stories for February 2018

The Bakken is back! North Dakota led the nation in real GDP growth as the oil and natural gas industry rebounded
Perhaps the biggest story in the Bakken this month: emergency task force activated to look at ways to handle surging natural gas and natural gas liquids production in the Bakken.  But perhaps as big: Andeavor to build a huge NGL logistics hub at Belfield. Also, here. And, here.  And, here, a $150 million investment in the Bakken.
NDGS has an update on Three Forks, second bench
Bakken's natural gas production setting records

Top Stories for January 2018

A WPX Hidatsa well may have established a new Bakken production record
Mapping Williston's new airport
Bakken truck traffic increases
WPX with a record-breaking Bakken well
CLR with a 25-million-lb frack
Taxable sales surging in the Bakken
A record well in North Dakota?
XTO with two 75-stage fracks
CLR reports an 86-stage frack 
EOG "returning to the Bakken: permits for a 6-well Austin pad in Parshall oil field
A monster well -- Whiting's Liffrig well in the Sanish -- has been updated
Hess-Targa, NG processing plant -- biggest Bakken story of the week
RimRock to build a $400 million gas gathering system in the Fort Berthold area
North Dakota on track for new crude oil production record in 2018
EIA posts update on the Elk Creek pipeline project
Oldest active well in North Dakota now "inactive" 

Top Stories for December 2017

Random update of re-fracked QEP wells in Heart Butte
The Bakken strikes back, version 2
Newfield completes seven huge DUCs
Whiting discovers new oil and gas pool in western North Dakota
Legacy Fund receives record yearly deposit for December, 2017
12-mile, 2-foot diameter pipeline proposed in heart of the Bakken
MRO reports a record DUC
24 wells on 640-acre spacing: the White Butte Jore Federal wells
No longer a crime to accidentally kill a migratory bird 
Jump in production of an old Oasis Lawlar well
We continue to see unexplained examples of jump in production in individual wells
The Bakken, an "oily" play is producing more natural gas then the Mediterranean's largest off-shore natural gas field -- by a lot
Nodding donkeys failing in the Bakken
Oasis to sell non-core Bakken assets; the past year for Oasis; personal thoughts on the deal;
Twenty-four wells in one 640-acre drilling unit -- the White Butte Jore Federal wells; and, here;
Bakken crude oil production jumps 7% month-over-month; only 54 active rigs; almost 900 DUCs; and, almost 1,500 inactive wells
North Dakota set a new BOE production record
USGS to reassess the Bakken
Bakken on its way to 2 million bopd
Myths about US crude oil production, Richard Zeits
US / BLM suspends flaring restrictions for one year
Natural gas production in the Bakken is increasing at a faster rate than oil production
EOG to report four spectacular Clarks Creek wells 

Top Stories for November 2017

MRO reports a well that produced 75,000 bbls in one month
An astounding 41 permits renewed  
DAPL means huge earnings for Oasis
EUR type curves in the Bakken: 1.5 million boe
QEP talks about re-fracking in earnings call
the Brooklyn oil field is looking better than ever
MRO has a huge DUC -- and no one even mentions it
Whiting reports the results of a thrice-fracked Koala well in Poe oil field
Oasis has three rigs working one drilling unit
Whiting has two rigs on the 15-well Mega-Pad in Banks Oil Field
Newfield reports a 62-stage frack 
Shooting range opens outside Williston
North Dakota State wants a "stay" on the mineral rights case  

Top Stories for October 2017

No evidence that operators are "running out" of Tier 1 locations in the Bakken
Linn Energy to sell its assets in Williston Basin
CLR to add 24 wells to a drilling unit that already has 6 wells
Two new Liberty Resources wells extend the East Tioga oil field
CLR makes first sale of Bakken crude oil specifically for overseas destination
Judge allows DAPL to continue to flow
Number of Bakken wells producing greater than 30,000 bbls/month surges
Rig targeting the Madison north of Minot
Update on a dual completion well.
MRO reports three huge DUCs; one may be close to an all-time Bakken record
Five MRO wells with lousy IPs that came back to surprise me

Top Stories for September 2017

A new operator in the Bakken
Update on Halcon's plans to exit the Williston Basin
New post office in Watford City opens
Boomtown's taxable sales surge 30%
MDU to supply Bobcat plant (Gwinner, ND) with natural gas via new pipeline
Oasis launches a midstream MLP
The Bakken is among the top five oil and gas plays for IRRs
Update on the proposed truck route around the northeast side of Williston
Clean-up begins near Tioga of one of nation's largest onshore oil spills
A short Bakken lateral, less than ten years old, goes over 1 million bbls crude oil produced
The Bakken is among the top four oil and gas plays for best break-even prices (Citi)
$5 million Buck Scheele animal shelter could be completed by next spring
Legacy Fund breaks through $4 billion in deposits
Commercial flights at Williston airport remain at capacity
Can you say "high-intensity"? CLR with a 56-stage, 26-million lb frack
North Dakota has state's first ever Miss America
Lynn Helms opines on the $125 billion oil companies have invested in the Bakken
Taiwan signs huge ND wheat deal 

Top Stories for August 2017

President Trump to visit Bismarck next week
Lewis and Clark Bridge, southwest of Williston, opened
Williston wastewater facility, opened
CLR with permits for seven super-long / extended long laterals
An EOG Austin well hits 1 million bbls produced
Staggering one-month production in two Bakken wells
ND well with highest monthly rate of any well in ND history?
Whiting to sell some Fort Berthold area assets
US states' fiscal health: North Dakota #2, behind Florida
Bakken traded higher than WTI this past week
Natural gas production takes front seat in the oil-driven Bakken
CLR's Holstein Federal wells are telling us a story 
Jump in production -- one of the peculiarities of the Bakken
Re-fracking works
Fracking the heck out of CLR's Candee 11-9H in Chimney Butte
$10,000 for a mineral acre in the Bakken
DAPL upends region's dependence on CBR
Cardon Global opens new office in Williston; to oversee new Williston airport
Federal funding now reaches $73 million for this $112 million project
Water Resource Recovery Facility, Williston, $105 million, ribbon-cutting

Top Stories for July 2017

Zuckerberg visits Williston, Boomtown USA
Halcon selling all of its operated interests in the Bakken
US crude oil exports hit monthly record
OPEC production hits new record high
Oasis reports a nice 50-stage, low-proppant Three Forks 1st bench well
Oasis plans largest natural gas processing plant through expansion of the Wild Basin Gas Plant
Putting a new natural gas processing plant into perspective -- it will be the largest in ND
Hallmark Card on Main Street, Williston, will close
42 Emerald Oil wells transferred to Petro-Hunt
 
Top Stories for June 2017

Another pipeline connection to the DAPL; near Watford City
Windridge Operating: a new operator in the Bakken?
Enerplus with some interesting in-fill plans
Another large natural gas plant for ND
Triangle USA emerges from bankruptcy under a new name: Nine Point Energy    
BR to place 16 wells in one drilling unit 
North Dakota oil industry shows signs of a rebound
XTO reports an incredible well after being shut in for a few months
Harold Hamm expands NG deal with South Korea
MDU with three natural gas projects
Williams County Public School District 8 breaks ground for new middle school
Judge orders additional environmental analysis of DAPL
Huge jump in production after neighboring well fracked
EOG reports a well completed with almost 12 million lbs of sand

Top Stories for April 2017

With DAPL operational (?), update of Bakken takeaway capacity
Operator considers expanding capacity on natural gas pipeline out of Tioga/Prairie Rose
A recovery rate of 25%?
Airport to break ground next week
Surprise! Surprise! North Dakota production back up over 1 million bopd
Whiting's 15.3 million lb, 50-stage frack

Top Stories for March 2017

Top Stories for February 2017


Break-even costs for sale drop to $30/bbl
New operator in the Williston Basin: Bruin E&P Partners

Top Stories for December 2016

North Dakota was named to the number one spot on Fast magazine's "business prospect list" for 2017
Lime Rock's success with OXY USA wells
Another refinery in the Bakken (Canadian)
Saudi Arabia's break-even price at $92
New acronym in the Bakken: NCW
ND ranked #6 for petroleum investment opportunities worldwide
the breakeven costs in the Bakken can beat those in the Mideast
Worker shortage looming in the Bakken? Update
Overlapping drilling units in the Bakken; operators on top of each other
Oasis with case on the docket for 90 wells
Long Creek update, halo effect
Crescent Point Energy reports a 70-stage fracked well
Another pipeline expansion proposed for the Bakken
BHI will build a new fracking and cementing services company with BJ Services name
US LNG exports continue to surge
First very large ethane carrier (VLEC) launches from Houston
Huge livestock auction scheduled for Bowman, ND, in early January
Mexico jumps to fourth place among world's largest consumers of gasoline
Mexico is now a net importer of crude oil from the US
Record snow in the Bakken

Top Stories For November 2016

Another pipeline expansion proposed for the Bakken
North Dakota borrows another $7 million for DAPL-related security costs
US Army Corps of Engineers closes DAPL protest camp
North Dakota state attorney rules in favor of DAPL 
Sunoco Logistics to acquire DAPL operator
DAPL effect on east coast refineries -- Platts
Bakken 2.0: nine DUCs completed; most are high-IP wells; twenty-two permits renewed
Global peak oil demand won't be seen until after 2040 -- there simply is no alternative to fossil fuel energy
USGS releases new Permian survey, 3x the size of the Bakken
The USGS 2016 report on the Permian
Tesoro to buy Western Refining
Another high-proppant EOG completion 
Another high-proppant EOG completion
Update on a re-fracked BR Sun Notch well in Sand Creek
US Army Corps of Engineers re-imagining the DAPL
The $500 million fertilizer plant in western North Dakota is at the halfway mark
Fascinating -- but esoteric -- look at "depth" of Bakken wells
Mitigation proposal for pressure pulses while fracking neighboring wells
 
Top Stories For October 2016 

Western Area Water Supply Authority -- a huge success story -- celebrates its fifth anniversary
Williston State College extends free college to several more counties in Montana, North Dakota 
Of all the operators in the Bakken, Halcon continues to report some of the best wells based on IPs; one example here
Number of potential Whiting drill sites probably under-estimated
Random update on MRO's mega-fracks  
CLR's 32 wells in "one location"
 31% production increase, average EURs of almost 1 million boe; consistent production increase regardless of fracking intervals
CLR's proposed ten-well Bailey/Wiley pad in Pershing oil field
CLR's proposed thirteen-plus Sakakawea Federal pad in Elm Tree oil field
Monster frack: "propageddon" -- Chesapeake in the Haynesville, Louisiana
A Silurian well goes over one million bbls of crude oil production; still producing after 34 years
Follow-up on Whiting wells that were taken off-line
MRO "re-covers" a lousy well
Three more natural gas processing plants coming on line in North Dakota before end of year
EOG is a winner with a new well design
Shipment of frack sand to Texas sets record
MRO sells assets in west Texas, New Mexico, but not in North Dakota
Results of a re-entered, re-fracked BR well
SM Energy: going longer, not deeper
Why Canada needs more diluent, and where they will get it
Staggering: the building out of US LNG export projects
Ground breaking for new Williston area airport: $2,000/acre farmland bought for $9,000/acre

Top Stories For September 2016 

Bakken losing East Coast market to rising imports -- RBN Energy
Two Williston hotels to close; El Rancho to be sold
RockPile gets bought out, expands 
Bypass around Killdeer, ND, completed
Just how big is the Bakken?
Statoil with 55 "pooling" cases in Williams County on the agenda for October
Operating costs: the Bakken vs Saudi Arabia
Mike Filloon had another update on Bakken mega-fracks
On a single day, twenty-eight (28) permits renewed

Top Stories For August 2016

CLR may have set a world record drilling the longest horizontal using one bit
On the docket: Hess to drill 20 new wells in a 2560-acre spacing unit
EOG will increase production, increase fracking and will do this by NO increase in CAPEX
An update on a spectacular CLR Holstein Federal well in Elm Tree oil field
On the docket: Liberty Resources to put as many as 12 wells on a 640-acre drilling unit
Mega-fracks in the Bakken
Sandpiper pipeline may be dead
Oil firms don't have much cash for acquisitions, but SM Energy bought Midland Basin firm for $1 billion
Best link for the month: fracking pollution story retracted
Although incredibly small, recent acquisition sheds light on the Bakken; Raisa Energy
Mark Perry posted some staggering graphs regarding Bakken 1.0
The STACK is becoming quite extraordinary
The Dakota Access Pipeline likely to be keystoned
EURs in the Bakken approaching one million boe
Dakota Access Pipeline construction halted in North Dakota
Mega-fracks in McKenzie County -- Filloon
Downspacing in the Bakken -- Filloon
Enbridge puts the Sandpiper Pipeline project on hold

Top Stories for July 2016

Bakken OOIP; Saudi Arabia's OOIP; Proved, Probable, Possible Reserves
Possible halo effect on a very old vertical well
The Mergent Group reports that Bakken DUCs have risen to nearly 1,000
An MRO well produced 52,000 bbls in first 20 days
Three new natural gas processing plants should be coming on-line shortly in North Dakota
Random update of a re-fracked well following a failed frack 
The US is coming very close to a new record: more than 10 million bbls/day of "gasoline delivered." Record storage at Cushing noted. There is further evidence that OPEC is severely pinched.

Top Stories for June 2016

Harold Hamm hints he may have a deal with South Korea
From the Williston Wire: FBI office to open in Williston; Tioga airport launches $5.5 million expansion project
India overtakes Japan as the #3 oil-consuming nation in the universe (#1 - the US; #2 - China); the third rock from the sun using more crude oil than ever;
The USGS bumps up their estimate of technically recoverable natural gas in western Colorado from less then 2 trillion cubic feet to almost 70 trillion cubic feet (a reminder that the Democratic presumptive presidential nominee supports efforts to ban fracking
"Iowa" says construction can begin on the Dakota Access Pipeline
Could Minnesota's dithering cost them the Sandpiper?
Flaring: North Dakota meets the target four years early
The Panama Canal expansion
Officials allow Dakota Access Pipeline access under tribal lands in Iowa
Is CLR "up to something" in the Rattlesnake Point oil field?
Just how much oil might there be in the Bakken?
MDU sells Dickinson refinery to Tesoro Corp
CLR to put in 28 wells in one drilling unit 

Top Stories for May 2016

Top Stories for April 2016


Top Stories for March 2016


Top Stories for February 2016 

Whiting and CLR to stop fracking in the Bakken; EOG already had; Statoil already had
Obama declares war on the US oil and gas industry; favors Iran
Is the Enbridge Sandpiper pipeline dead?
US Highway 1804 east of Williston to be widened this summer
CLR lost almost $700 million on bet price slump wouldn't last long
Watford City's new high school opens
Williston High School Coyotes play last game in Phil Jackson Fieldhouse
Random look at possible halo effect between the TFH and the middle Bakken
The Saudis admit their target was US shale 
North Dakota's Triple-A rating downgraded a notch by S&P
Update on drones in North Dakota 

Top Stories for January 2016

Top North Dakota oil producers for 2015
The first ship of US crude oil departed on December 31, 2015, under relaxation of export rules
First ship to deliver US crude oil overseas under relaxed export rules arrives at destination
Third of three US crude oil shipments reached European destinations
CLR proposes 22 wells on a new 2560-acre unit in Elm Creek oil field
EOG's $20 million pad in non-core Bakken acreage
Understanding the Bakken: overlapping units
Majority of Fidelity wells sold to Kaiser-Francis
Record number of births at Williston hospital in 2015 
Statewide, taxable sales plummet 25%; worse in the Bakken counties
Possible example of "halo effect" in the Bakken, part II
Possible example of "halo effect" in the Bakken, part I
Minnesota regulators approve $30 million solar project for emergency power
Electricity down to 3.5 cents/kw-hour

Top Stories for December 2015

Top Stories for November 2015
Evidence of communication between wells
More oil is now gathered by pipeline than truck in western North Dakota -- a first
Increased volumes of fracking sand being ordered from suppliers
Keystone XL analysts need to be looking west, not east
Number of North Dakota millionaires jump
Lime Rock Resources finally posts their Russian Creek acquisition
a birthday greeting to Mr Woodrow Star "A" 1, 57 years young
Katie Ledecky named female athlete of the year -- a three-peat

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a wildcat natural gas well east of the Bakken  -- a million boe in the past three years
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Photo of an 18-well super-pad; also here
Williston's average wage tops $80,000, beating nation average of $72,000
XTO donates $5 million for affordable housing for teachers, police in three Bakken communities
QEP using lot of sand, lots of stages
Whiting to go to 6 rigs in the Bakken; had originally planned to go to nine
Oasis proposes up to 24 wells in several 1280-acre drilling units
Oasis proposes 9 wells inside city limits on east side, near University Avenue
Huge: better and better wells in the Bakken
Completed wells are showing incredible IPs
Seven more completed wells with great IPs 
Four fourth year in row, North Dakota ranked #1 in economic well-being of children
How much fresh water being used in Bakken fracks? 
Whiting reports two more incredible Tarpon Federal wells; 90-stage and 62-stage fracks
All four top Bakken counties in the top ten oil producing counties in the US 
MRO reports great success in re-fracking a stripper well
Bakken is #1 in US for increased productivity per rig 
925 wells waiting to be fracked
The entire 27th week
The octofrac
Top Stories for June, 2015

Mark Perry's 2-part series on visit to the Bakken
Taxable sales and purchases hit new record in the Bakken
Native Americans put screws to pipeline companies
Under-the-lake pipeline approved
QEP to request permission for 24 wells on each of two 1280-acre drilling units
A new term in the Bakken: fracklog
$1.41 million for 22-acre development site in Sidney, Montana
Random update on some great Whiting Flatland / Tarpon Federal wells; also here
Random look at an Antelope drilling unit that could get 16 new wells
North Dakota ranked #1 in 2014 for fasted GDP growth
First drone manufactured in North Dakota rolled out
Dickinson's Menards biggest to date; Williston's Menards will be bigger
Random update, EOG well, 54-stage frack; 13 million lbs sand
EOG reports a 63-stage frack; using almost 20 million lbs of sand
Another example: EOG used almost 20 million lbs of sand in a 50-stage frack; and, a 55-stage frack
US overtakes Russia as #1 fossil fuel energy producer in the world 
Putting the Bakken into perspective: 35 billion bbls vs 7 billion bbls from the North Slope
Fracking has no widespread impact on drinking water. Nada. Zilch. None.
North Dakota has nation's first unmanned airport
North Dakota to spend $40 million on US 2 & 85 between Williston, Minot
Fidelity (MDU oil and gas division) back up for sale
Random update of the three oldest producing oil wells in North Dakota

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MDU will delay marketing Fidelity E&P (Bakken acreage)
SM Energy to exit mid-Continent, close Tulsa office; focus on Bakken, Eagle Ford
Amount of crude oil shipped by rail through Nebraska triples
Random update on BNSF expansion plans
18 months in the Bakken -- Vern Whitten Photography
Legislature considering $1.1 billion infrastructure package for the oil patch
Some politicians want a "do-over" with regard to new flaring rules and conditioning rules
Record for number of wells coming off confidential list in one day?
The Williston Wire
Williston Wire
Williston Wire's top ten stories of 2014
 
Slump in oil prices
Articles tracked here
Hess to spend 18% less in 2015 in the Bakken; another article here
North Dakota rig count of interest to Reuters analyst
Permits canceled; producers abandoned
Permits, wells possibly affected by slump in oil prices
A reader's perspective on the Bakken in light of plummeting oil prices
The US is the new "swing producer"
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New Madison field in the Williston Basin, North Dakota? 
Update on SHD
The "Pronghorn"
The meaning of "LL"
Enbridge eyes mainline expansion
COP to cut back drilling in the Bakken due to slump in oil prices
A Silurian well hits the one-million bbl milestone
Update on the $4-billion petrochemical plant to be built near Bismarck
Full ride for Williams County high school graduates who attend Williston State College
BNSF will add $1,000/old tank car as a surcharge to push operators to use safer tank cars
Five-year outlook for the Bakken
A random look at the Silurian
Countries at risk; Bakken actually sitting in a nice spot
Williston's taxable sales up 15% year-over-year
$4 billion plastics plant? In Bismarck?
$4 billion plastics plant announcement
WPX names Bakken as one of its key three plays
Enerplus announces two monster wells in west Antelope oil field
Alexander bypass complete
Targa to build 200 MMcf/d natural gas processing plant in McKenzie County
Bakken nomeclature -- CLR

 
Top Stories for July, 2014
Stabilizers: the next big story in the Bakken
Random update on an incredible Halcon well in McGregory Buttes
Legacy Fund to receive largest infusion to date 
Taxable sales and purchases: Williston still leads -- by a huge margin
ONEOK to build 7th natural gas gathering and processing plant in Williston Basin
The boom is here to stay -- at least through 2100; five generations of roughnecks
Whiting to acquire KOG for $3.8 billion; no cash premium; all stock deal
Bakken well efficiency has topped out; rebuttal
Top 20 middle Bakken wells
Million-bbl EURs in the Bakken
Random update: Halcon well hits 156,487 bbls in less than four months
Did Whiting set a new record IP in the Bakken (a Three Forks 2nd bench well)
ONEOK announces new natural gas projects; press release and background
Big fire in Williston; Red River Supply

Top Stories for June, 2014

Strata-X strike natural gas east of the Bakken
Continental Resources to put 56 wells in one spacing unit
North Dakota wells average 100 bopd; the US national average is but 10 bopd
Legacy Oil & Gas buys Corinthian: A cross-border Spearfish play
Slawson case 22272, NDIC order 24606: almost 500 wells in Big Bend oil field
Belle Fourche Pipeline #2, Billings County to Dickinson Prairie Refinery
EPD to build Bakken-to-Cushing crude oil pipeline
Energy Transfer Parnters proposes Bakken-to-Patoka (IL) crude oil pipeline
Largest US fertilizer plant ever gets go-ahead approval; Jamestown; $2 billion
Bakken ethane now reaching feedstock facilities in Alberta, Canada
Discussion of "zones" in the Bakken
The second-largest pipeline (in diameter) in North Dakota ready to go on-line
Hess' Tioga natural gas processing plant is back on-line / Rigzone's perspective
Architect's drawing of new Williston High School
Oil demand in US grew at fastest pace in the world in 2013; outstripped China for the first time since 1999
Dakota Plains Holdings transloading facility, New Town, ND, to begin operations
Williston to get new high school 
$56 million recreation center for Watford City; to go forward with new hospital
Analysts suggest price of oil could surge before end of year (that was before the new Iraqi war)
CLR to drill 32 wells in multiple spacing units in the Oakdale oil field
How good are the Bakken wells? Huge, and getting better
CLR applies for crude oil export permit

Top Stories for May, 2014

CLR's Whitman #2, ($20210) goes over the one-million-bbl milestone
EOG philosophy on re-fracking
Are we underestimating North America's fracking boom?
Halcon reports IP of almost 4,000 bopd; no headline; business as usual
Modeling of the Bakken -- EOG
Legacy fund over $2 billion; $80 million being added every month
Swiss developer preparing to break ground on half-billion-dollar project in Williston
New underpass west of Williston -- graphic
France, UK to run out of fossil fuel in less than five years
Triangle Petroleum acquires 46,100 Bakken acreage
Another huge EOG well in Parshall oil field
Stockyard Creek oil field infill density: 16 wells/drilling unit -- Samson Oil & Gas
Twenty-four (24) permits issued on one day
SM Energy sells some non-core Bakken acreage
Direct Williston-to-Houston, United Airlines
What 1% increase in Bakken production means for EURs
Oil production in Mountrail & McKenzie counties exceeds total production from California or total production from Alaska
EOG to place 32 wells on a single 640-acre spacing unit
Active rigs take huge jump in April
Update on ONEOK's proposed seventh (7th) natural gas facility
Video of Williston's new recreation center

Top Stories for April, 2014
The Torquay (Three Forks) in Canada
Williston Area Recreation Center opens; accolades start to roll in
Third CBR terminal proposed for Washington State coast
Two propane/butane 100-tank-car-unit trains every three days from the Bakken to Washington State
Spectacular Crescent Point wells being reported in Canada
Home Depot joins shale rush -- WSJ
As many as 120,000 wells might be needed in the Bakken; drilling for 60 years
World's largest truck wash is in the Bakken; south of Williston
CLR reports a completed Montana Bakken well with six (6) horizontal laterals
Enerplus, Slawson hitting some big wells; Statoil with another "high-IP well -- almost 5,000 bopd
The Bakken as laboratory: a new secondary containment system for crude oil pads
North Dakota revolutionized the US energy industry -- WSJ
History is made this past week: first BBR unit train all the way to the Gulf Coast
How much is the Bakken capable of producing?
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Producing acres in the Bakken going for $40,000/acre
Leasing in McKenzie County: $27,300/acre with a 22% royalty
Random example of how fracking a new well improves production at neighboring, existing well
Another example of how fracking a new well improves production at a neighboring, existing well
New railport being considered at Beach, North Dakota
Another staggering EOG well -- 54 stages; 17 million pounds; 216,000 bbls in less than 5 months
Bakken production: one million bopd as of February 10, 2014
Williston apartment rent: highest in the nation
Comparing the Bakken with South Red River B in the Williston Basin
Tesoro to expand storage, pipeline in the Bakken
Tesoro to retrofit railcars 
BNSF to buy its own fleet of 5,000 new crude oil tank cars with safety features that exceed stds
Bakken oil rolling through New York state
Increasing amounts of Bakken crude reaching California 

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Homebuilding on the upswing in Carpio, north of Minot
July dockets posted: XTO to drill another 300 wells in Siverston oil field
EOG's Parshall field on track to generate revenues in excess of $100 million -- Filloon
It's official -- Williston aka "Boomtown, USA"
Is economic value of Bakken natural gas four times greater than forecast?
Zenergy to sell Bakken assets; estimated at $1 billion
Fuddruckers, Acme Tool, Famous Dave's, Outlaw Grill, Home of Economy expanding -- Williston
Menard's to build concept store in Williston, 18 acres of shopping pleasure
Fourteen wells in one section in Antelope oil field
Huge KOG wells in Pembroke oil field; re-entered; late frack
The KOG - Liberty Resources deal has closed; a bit pricier than originally reported
It's official: government says fracking did not cause contamination
Statoil's Beaux-tiful wells in the Banks oil field 
  
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Developers propose new city at 13-mile corner: "Bakken Village": that area is already more populated than 90% of most urban centers in North Dakota

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Obama promises to expedite oil production in North Dakota if "sequester" is killed; [note: the sequester was not killed; the Keystone XL 2.0 decision is delayed indefinitely; what was that about a woman scorned?]

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2012

New estimate of original oil in place (OOIP) for the Bakken: one trillion bbls
Well density in the Bakken
Helis
More Bakken oil moved by rail than by pipeline

All the deals (see sidebar at the right)
CLR: one million acres in the Bakken
Chesapeake to leave Dickinson area; may leave Williston Basin
Bakken could produce 2 million bopd by 2025
$14,000/acre bonus: North Dakota state land lease sales results; XOM-DNR $15,000/Acre deal
Monster wells 

2011

Williston Development
Man-Camp Approvals
International
Dollars
Set Backs