October 22, 2013: for Montana updates, see the "Montana" label at the bottom of the blog.
January 15, 2013: update at Fairfield Sun Times.
December 19, 2012: two new stories sent in my a reader --
In Richland County, six horizontal wells were approved. They are Fidelity Exploration's Larson 21-16H (SE SW 21-21N-57E), with a PBHL of 20,179 feet, hitting the Three Forks Formation and XTO Energy's Headington 43X-25B (NE SE 25-26N-52E), with a PBHL at 18,750 feet, shooting for the Bakken Formation. Whiting Oil and Gas Corporation won approval for two Richland County wells, the Mahlen 24-32H (SE SW 32-26N-57E), with a PBHL of 20,217 feet, into the Bakken Formation, and the Double Bar M 24-32H (SE SW 32-27N-57E), with a PBHL at 20,074 feet, aiming for the Bakken layer.I don't have time, unfortunately to follow Montana oil activity on a regular basis, but this might be helpful to those trying to find information.
Good luck to all and a big "thank you" to Kevin for sending me this link.