The mountain snowpack in the Missouri River's upper basin is close to levels seen before devastating 2011 flooding along the river, but a repeat this year isn't likely, an Army Corps of Engineers official said.
Active rigs:Drought in 2012 has resulted in a one-third increase in water storage capacity in the three Missouri River reservoirs in the Dakotas and Montana, according to Jody Farhat, chief of Missouri River water management for the corps. There also is not as much snow accumulation on the plains as there was three years ago, when flooding devastated hundreds of thousands of acres of mostly farmland in the Dakotas, Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas and Missouri.
Fifteen (15) new permits:
- Operators: CLR (7), MRO (4), Whiting (3), KOG
- Fields: Alkali Creek (Mountrail), McGregory Buttes (Dunn), Fryburg (Billings), Poe (McKenzie)
Four (4) producing wells were completed:
- 22834, 1,208, Emerald, Hot Rod 1-27-26H, Boxcar Butte, t9/13; cum 45K 1/14;
- 25231, 1,115, Emerald, Slugger 1-16-21H, Charbonneau, t8/13; cum 65K 1/14;
- 25232, 1,098, Emerald, Talon 1-9-4H, Charbonneau, t8/13; cum 66K 1/14;
- 25920, 1,218, Emerald, Hot Rod 4-27-26H, Boxcar Butte, t9/13; cum 31K 1/13;
- Continental Resources (CLR) canceled the thirteen (13) Linbeck wells, 6-153-93. These were permitted in Alkali Creek. There is no other activity in the immediate area. Whiting canceled one permit in this area some time ago; Whiting has one well in the immediate area that is a pretty good well but other than that, not much. It is possible these wells are being replaced by the Jersey Federal wells in 6-153-93.