April 14, 2015: Director's Cut --
"As you are aware the exploration well in Emmons County is not longer on confidentail status as of 12/23/14. The well has not been completed yet, but appears to contain 2 pay sections totaling about 80 feet thick with very good gas shows."6:10 p.m. Pacific Time: another article on Strata-X in North Dakota from Emmons County Record.
6:09 p.m. Pacific Time: a reader sent this New York Times link; I haven't had a chance to read it yet, but it should provide some datapoints/background for newbies like me trying to understand Strata-X in North Dakota. If the link is broken, google natural gas glut isn't deterring southwestern energy.
6:04 p.m. Pacific Time: a reader sends a link to a very informative Bismarck Tribune article on this well. I replied to the reader:
Thank you very much. Very interesting. You know, I think I remember seeing that article. If I saw it, I must have linked it but, if so, I completely forgot. I noted that the company said they did not complete the well because there were no completion crews in the area. One would think that with the slowdown in the Bakken there should be plenty of crews in the future, though it's a bit of a drive.The article does say the company might be able to complete the well in January, 2015. This is really a very good article. One may want to save it (these stories are often archived by the originator).
NDIC File No: 27235 API No: 33-029-00037-00-00
Well Type: GASD Well Status: DRL Status Date: 6/22/2014 Wellbore type: Vertical
Location: NESE 11-132-75 Footages: 1460 FSL 553 FEL Latitude: 46.264742 Longitude: -100.026761
Current Operator: STRATA-X, INC.
Current Well Name: ROHWEDER #1-11
Elevation(s): 1992 GL Total Depth: Field: WILDCAT
Spud Date(s): 6/22/2014
Pool: NIOBRARA Status: DRL Date: 6/22/2014
Neset Consulting Service
Field: Sleeping Giant
Total depth: 1,450 feet
Spud date: June 22, 2014
Cease drilling: June 26, 2014
Summary: reached a total depth of 1,450 feet on June 25, 2014, in the Carlisle formation.
The Niobrara was comprised mostly of shale, with a background gas reading between 37 and 208 units.
The Carlisle was picked at 1,316 feet; total depth to 1,450 feet. The well has production liner set to bottom, with plans of production testing underway.
So, we have a vertical well that took about three days to drill back in June, 2014, and six months later it remains on DRL status.
The other three wells have no date for coming off the confidential list. The original post is at this link: http://themilliondollarway.blogspot.com/2013/12/curiouser-and-curiouser-permits-in.html.