Thursday, May 30, 2019

Hearing Dockets For June, 2019

NDIC posts the hearing dockets here.

Dockets are tracked here.

The usual disclaimer applies. As usual this is done very quickly and using shorthand for my benefit. There will be factual and typographical errors on this page. Do not quote me on any of this. It's for my personal use to help me better understand the Bakken. Do not read it. If you do happen to read it, do not make any investment, financial, job, relationship, or travel plans based on anything you read here or think you may have read here. If this stuff is important to you, and I doubt that it is, but if it is, go to the source.

Note: the overlapping units are getting larger and larger; the units are often composed of smaller-than-full sections; it's difficult to abbreviate the description and/or visualize the overlapping unit; expect many typographical errors in the summary below; if this is important to you, go to the source.

Highlights In Bold
Mostly cases involving commingling and pooling.

No flaring cases.

Only one revoke/suspension case, if I recall correctly.

See more at this post regarding continuation case #27556.

Wednesday, June 26, 2019
Eight Pages

27582, Hess, Tioga-Lodgepole, redefine field limits, Burke, Williams, and Mountrail counties
27583, Hess, commingling, the GO-Dahl pad
27584, Hess, commingling, the GO-Hauge pad
27585, Hess, commingling, the CA-E Burdick pad
27586, Hess, commingling,  the RS-Harstad pad
27587, Hess, commingling, the AN-Bohmbach pad
27588, Hess, Tioga-Bakken and/or Pleasant Valley-Bakken; establish an overlapping 2560-acre unit; one well, Mountrail County
27589, Worthington Industries, to site an indirect heated separator closer than 125 fee to the oil tanks
27590, CLR, Avoca-Bakken,  to complete Rader 11-24H1, #34967, Williams County
27591, Sakakawea Ventures, LLC, construction of a treating plant, Williams County
27592, Kraken Operating, LLC, commingling, the Dragseth pad, Williams County
27593, MRO, pooling,
27594, MRO, pooling,
27595, MRO, pooling,
27596, MRO, pooling,
27597, MRO, pooling,
27598, MRO, pooling,
27599, MRO, pooling,
27600, MRO, pooling,
27601, MRO, pooling,
27602, MRO, commingling, the Rebecca/Zimmeman/Bugbee/Delmont/others
27603, MRO, commingling, the Rosa Benz/Higgins/Snider/Ruth/others
27604, MRO, commingling, the Carlson/Kinney/Blanche wells
27605, MRO, commingling, the Lily Reiss/Bryden/Herbert/Pletan wells
27606, MRO, commingling, the Charchenko/Parmeter/Raleigh/Reagan wells
27607, Hess, Tioga-Bakken, 4 wells on a standup 1280-acre unit; sections 30/31-157-94; Mountrail
27608, Hess, Alkali Creek-Bakken; 11 wells on a standup 1280-acre unit; sections 26/35-155-94, Mountrail County
27609, Hess, pooling,
27610, Hess Water Services, SWD,
27611, Hess Water Services, SWD,
27612, BR, Keene and/or Union Center-Bakken, 2 wells on a 2560-acre unit, 2/3/10/11-152-96, McKenzie
27613, BR, Keene-Bakken, 14 wells on a 1280-acre unit, sections 3/10-152-96, McKenzie County27614, BR, Hawkeye-Bakken, 14 wells on a 1280-acre unit, sections 4/9-152-95; McKenzie County
27615, BR, commingling, the Anderson Ranch pad, McKenzie County
27616, Oasis, SWD

Thursday, June 27, 2019 
Eleven Pages

27617, XTO, Alkali Creek-Bakken, establish two overlapping 2560-acre units, 11/12/13/14-154-95 and 12/13-154-95 and 7/18-154-94; one well, Mountrail, Williams
27618, XTO, Siverston-Bakken, estalbish an overlapping 1920-acre unit, 26/35-151-98 and 2-150-98, 4 wells; McKenzie;
27619, Kraken Oil & Gas, LLC, Sanish-Bakken, establish an overlapping 2560-acre unit, 14/15/22/23-154-92, Mountrail
27620, RimRock Oil & Gas Williston LLC, Mandaree-Bakken, establish an overlapping 1280-acre unit, 23/24-149-93, Dunn County
27621, RimRock, Moccasin Creek-Bakken, establish an overlapping 640-acre unit; E/2 of 34 and the W/2 of 35-148-93; one well, Dunn County
27622, Slawson, Big Bend-Bakken, establish an overlapping 1280-acre unit; 34/35-152-92; three wells, Mountrail
27623, Slawson, Big Bend-Bakken, establish an overlapping 640-acre unit, W/2 of 10/15-151-92; one well, Mountrail
27624, WPX, Squaw Creek-Bakken, establish an overlapping 3840-acre unit; one well; McKenzie County
27625, North Range Resources, LLC, Grassy Butte-Duperow Pool, establish a 640-acre unit, one well; McKenzie County
27626, New Horizon Resources, LLC; recompletion of the Harold Haugen 25-1 well (#6900) into the Gunton Formation (Red River) (see below) at a location approx 500 feet FSL and 2140 feet FWL of section 25-161-103, Divide County
27627, Newfield, South Tobacco Garden-Bakken, Schneiderman, #36298, set back rules, McKenzie
27628, NDIC, South Tobacco Garden-Bakken; appropriate spacing for future wells in section 17/20/29/32-150-99; McKenzie
27629, CLR, Beaver Lodge-Bakken, i) establish an overlapping 2560-acre unit; one well; ii) establish an overlapping 3840-acre unit; one well; Williams
27630, CLR, Haystack Butte-Bakken, estalbihs an overlapping 2560-acre unit, one well; Dunn County
27631, CLR, Larson-Bakken, establish i) two overlapping 1920-acre units; four wells each; ii) an overlapping 3840-acre unit, one well; Burke County
27632, Cobra Oil & Gas Corp, to approve the voluntary unitization, operation, and further development of the Flat Top Butte-Madison Unit Area, consisting of lands within McKenzie County
27633, Cobra Oil & Gas Corp, Pierre Creek Field, Madison formation, recomplete the Federal Rivet 6-6 well (#13796), approx 1980 feet FNL and 2540 feet FEL of section 6-146-102, McKenzie County; and to establish a 320-acre unit comprised of N/2 of section 6-146-102, McKenzie County;
27634, Enerplus, Mandaree-Bakken; suspend/revoke a permit issued to WPX, Mandaree Warrior, #36463, McKenzie
27635, XTO, pooling,
27636, XTO, pooling,
27637, XTO, pooling,
27638, XTO, pooling,
27639, XTO, pooling,
27640, EOG, pooling,
27641, WPX, pooling,
27642, North Range Resources, LLC, pooling,
27643, CLR, pooling,
27644, CLR, pooling,
27645, CLR, pooling,
27646, CLR, pooling,
27647, CLR, pooling,
27648, CLR, pooling,
27649, CLR, pooling,
27650, CLR, commingling, the Gordon Federal pad, Dunn County
27651, CLR, SWD
27652, Slawson, pooling,
27653, Equinor Energy LP, Avoca-Bakken, two wells on an existing overlapping 2560-acre unit; Williams County
27654, Kraken Oil & Gas, LLC, Sanish-Bakken; seven wells on an existing 1280-acre unit, sections 15/22-154-92;
27655, Resource Energy Can-Am LLC, Ambrose-Bakken, 5 wells on an existing 1280-acre unit, Divide County
27656, Ballantyne, Red Rock-Spearfish, re-work the Legacy etal Bernstein 13-7 well (#21887), in section 7-163-76; Bottineau County
27657, Tobacco Garden SWD, LLC, SWD,
27658, Zavanna, LLC, SWD,
27659, Dahl SWD, LLC, SWD,
27660, White Owl Energy Services, SWD,
27661, White Owl Energy Services, SWD

Note: the Gunton formation -- see #27626 above --
The Red River Formation is productive across most of western North Dakota. Most Red River Formation production has been found west of the Nesson anticline, in the deepest parts of the basin, and is associated with structural closures.
However, the best porosity is not always coincident with the structure's crest.
The Red River Formation is the second most important hydrocarbon producing horizon in North Dakota and produces hydrocarbons in many fields.
The Stony Mountain Formation conformably overlies the Red River Formation and is comprised of interbedded calcareous shales and argillaceous limestones. The Stony Mountain Formation is rarely productive, but where it is productive it is always associated with a Red River Formation structure.
Production usually comes from the Gunton Member which can have a well developed dolomite porosity. The Stonewall Formation is the uppermost formation in the Big Horn Group and conformably overlies the Stony Mountain Formation. Continuous sedimentation occurred across the Ordovician-Silurian boundary and dolomites and limestones, with thin anhydrite beds near the basin center, were deposited. The Stonewall Formation produces oil and gas from several zones, usually associated with a Red River structure.
"The Red River is the second most important ...." I assume this was written before the Bakken. Before the Bakken, I believe the Madison was the largest production formation in North Dakota followed by the Red River. In round numbers, at their peak the Madison and the Red River were each producing about 12 million bbls/year. The Bakken is currently producing around 364 million bbls crude oil/year.


  1. Noticed on Slawson report: NDIC Docket for Thursday, June 27, 2019

    Request to amend previous submission from 22 wells to 2.
    Hopefully just someones twitchy fingers and not a serious miscalculation

    1. Wow, you are fast. I just posted the highlights moments ago. I missed that one -- Slawson going from 22 wells to 2 -- I agree with you. I hope that was just a "fat finger" mistake -- the original request for 22 wells. LOL.

    2. I have a fond spot in my heart for Slawson. I'm sure if I asked they would tell me but I won't ask. Oil companies hold things close to their chests, and I don't want to put them on the spot. Chuckle. Slawson: another great company operating in the Bakken.

    3. That case the reader mentions above regarding dropping from 22 to 2 wells: case #27556, a continuation case.

    4. See more at this post:

  2. Have a working interest with them. They are great to work with and are as informative as they can be.
    that being said, they are a family owned privately held company, as such do not have direct deposit as most companies do.
    I figure if they automated that much, they would put a bunch of family members out of work

    1. I have only heard very, very good things about Slawson over the years. Thank you for taking time to write and saying that about Slawson.