A reader tells me that an oil company operating in the Bakken says the reason for canceling some permits is because the company is only allowed so many permits. That's all we know. It was not clear to me whether that meant in North Dakota in general, or in the Bakken, specifically.
So, either that's a company policy or an NDIC "rule": companies operating in the Bakken are allowed only so many permits. If it's an NDIC rule, I assume it is based on something other than just an arbitrary number. But I don't know.
So, at great risk to my credibility with regard to the Bakken, I will throw it out there: does anybody know why a company would say they are allowed only so many permits?