Saturday, July 28, 2012

Hebron Update: August NDIC Hearing Dockets -- The Williston Basin, North Dakota, USA

Elsewhere there was a query about the Hebron field; I was curious myself.   

Timing is everything. See the August 22 - 23, 2012 dockets --
Case 18453, CLR, amend Hebron and/or Squires-Bakken; create 2 overlapping 1920-acre units, 6 hz wells on each (12 wells); create an overlapping 1920-acre unit, 1 well; create an overlapping 3840-acre unit, 4 wells; create 2 overlapping 2560-acre units, 2 wells on each (4 wells); create an overlapping 2560-acre unit, 14 wells (not a typo); create 2 overlapping 2560-acre units, 12 wells on each (24 wells);  create an overlapping 2240-acre unit, 12 wells; a total of 71 wells?, Williams County.
For newbies: In the original query, the individual noted that CLR had canceled a number of permits. Early on in the Bakken boom a lot of folks were concerned when they saw a permit canceled. In most cases, a canceled permit did not mean anything other than the operator coming back with a new permit for the same location with some minor changes to the application for a permits. In other words, in most cases, a canceled permit doesn't mean much in the big scheme of things.

I may have miscounted, but it looks like CLR is looking for permits for up to 70 or so wells in the very small Hebron field. This is an example of what the "manufacturing" or "mining" phase of the Bakken is all about. You can also assume that this field is likely to have its infrastructure in place to minimize flaring and expedite movement of oil to regional pipelines when they start drilling all these wells.

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