Friday, March 24, 2017

Slawson's Torpedo Federal Wells -- March 24, 2017


November 15, 2017;  I can't imagine anyone being interested, but this is the link to the environmental impact study Slawson provided during the permitting process. It will open as a PDF, probably on your desktop.

April 1, 2017: The Bismarck Tribune has a story on this multi-well pad

March 25, 2017: this is pretty amazing if "we're" talking about the same wells. But that would not make sense. Yesterday I just happened to come across these Slawson permits/wells. I was just scanning the map and somehow happened upon these wells. Nothing more to the story. Then a few minutes ago, I was reading the Williston Wire. I had received it some days ago but didn't get to it until now. And there it was: an article on the BLM approving a permit for Slawson to drill the first eight of 11 wells from a single pad. But then again, the wells below have already been issued a permit from NDIC so I assume "we're" talking about different eleven (11) wells. From the linked article:

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has completed its environmental analysis on a proposal to drill oil wells on private land within the Fort Berthold Reservation near Lake Sakakawea. 
With completion of this environmental analysis, the BLM will approve a permit for the Slawson Exploration Company to drill the first eight of 11 wells from a single well pad.
The well pad will be located approximately 800 feet from the lake, with the production facilities located three quarters of a mile away. 
Although the well pad and facilities will be located on private land, the BLM must issue an approved permit to drill the Federally-managed leases, which will be accessed through horizontal drilling.
But it sure sounds like the same set of wells: the production facilities will be located three-quarters of a mile away, same as the site below in the "original post."

If these are the same wells, and it appears they are, this appears to be the process: the NDIC issues a permit, but if the BLM has jurisdiction, the BLM also has to approve the NDIC permit.

Original Post

From a sundry form received September 23, 2016:
Slawson requests that the referenced wells be removed from confidential status. Slawson will instead request confidential status upon completion as allowed per rule Slawson estimates the drilling of these wells will commence in October, 2016, and last approximately 12 months. Our current plan is to drill the 10 Torpedo wells back-to-back before completion operations. Completion and clean out will last approximately 14 weeks. 
Some other notes from other correspondence:
  • the wells are currently planned to be drilled with a rig equipped with a closed-loop mud system and electric motors, which eliminates reserve pits, and greatly reduces noise and emissions
  • sound walls (32-feet in height) will be constructed and used during all drilling and completion activities
  • completion operations will use a lay-flat pipeline system to deliver fresh water to the well site that will eliminate 600 trucks per day
  • the production pad will be located offsite, approx one mile northeast
  • pad location was moved north from originally proposed site to allow a greater distance from the lake ... the new location increased the overall length of each wellbore, added to the cost of each well by $250,000 for the 2-mile laterals and $400,000 for the three-mile laterals due to additional cement, tubulars, and drill days (approximately $4 million added project cost)
Proposed APD conditions allowing operation "only during the winter months will have" considerable operating and cost effects. It would also extend the complete drilling program to take 3 - 4 years instead of the 14-month timeframe described in the BLM Torpedo Federal Environmental Assessment.

Note: a water truck typically carries 11,600 gallons of water. A completion requiring 7,000,000 gallons of water translates to 7,000,000/ 11,600 = 600 trucks. [Update: see first comment -- in ND, there is a weight limit which translates to 8,000 gallons max for water. 8,000,000 gallons / 8,000 gallons = 1,000 trucks for a rather average frack.]
X marks the spot(s). Five sections in this drilling unit. 5 x 640 = 3200 acres, all under the lake:

The horizontals will run north to south and will fan out as seen in the graphics below:

Mix of lengths for the laterals:

Nice graphic of the area to include the town of Parshall:


  1. In ND, it's going to be about 185 to 190 barrels (8000 gallons) max per truck, as you can can only gross 105500 lbs. So in all actuality, it would be more truckloads saved per day!

    1. Wow, I really appreciate that. You have no idea how much this stuff means to me. Often I have to go to the internet to get a "wag" but to get the real data specific for North Dakota means a lot to me and to my readers. Much appreciated.