Friday, June 27, 2014

Twelve (12) New Permits -- North Dakota; KOG With Four (4) Nice Wells

Active rigs:


6/27/201406/27/201306/27/201206/27/201106/27/2010
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Twelve (12) new permits --
  • Operators: CLR (3), EOG (3), XTO (3), Liberty Resources, Oasis, Statoil
  • Fields: North tobacco Garden (McKenzie), Parshall (Mountrail), Siverston (McKenzie), McGregor (Williams), Baker (McKenzie), Stony Creek (Williams)
  • Comments:
Wells coming off the confidential list today were posted earlier; see sidebar at the right.

Eight (8) producing wells completed:
  • 22993, 790, Abraxas, Jore Federal 2-11-2H, North Fork, t6/14; no production data,
  • 22995, 1,160, Abraxas, Jore Federal 2-11-1H, North Fork, t6/14; no production data,
  • 25108, n/d, CLR, Bonney 5-3H1, Jim Creek, no data,
  • 26445, 1,260, CLR, Vachal 4-27H, Alkali Creek, t6/14; cum --
  • 26564, 1,878, KOG, P Peterson 155-99-3-15-22-14H, Epping, t5/14; cum --
  • 26565, 1,516, KOG, P Peterson 155-99-22-14H, Epping, t5/14; cum --
  • 26566, 1,271 (need to confirm), KOG,Three Forks B1, no frack data yet;
  • 26567, 1,566, KOG, P Peterson 155-95-3-15-22-15H, Epping, t5/14; cum --

July, 2014, NDIC Dockets


22597, Baytex, Garnet-Bakken, redefine field limits, Divide
22598, Whiting, South Heart-Bakken, proper spacing, Stark
22599, Whiting, Sanish-Bakken, establish 15 overlapping 2560-acre units, 1 well each, Mountrail
22600, Whiting, Sand Creek-Bakken, establish two overlapping 2560-acre units; 1 well on each; McKenzie
22451, cont'd
22452, con'td
22453, cont'd
19339, cont'd
22601, KOG, East Fork-Madison, establish a zone of stand-up 320-acre units; unspecified number of horizontal wells; Williams
22602, BR, Sand Creek-Bakken, establish one overlapping 2560-acre unit, 1+ wells; McKenzie
22603, BR, Elidah, Siverston, and/or Garden-Bakken, establish one 2560-acre unit, 16 wells; and establish seven overlapping 2560-acre units, 1+ wells; McKenzie
22604, BR, Blue Buttes and/or Croff-Bakken, establish one overlapping 2560-acre unit, 1+ wells; McKenzie
22605, BR, Pershing, North Fork, Haystack Butte, and/or Bear Den-Bakken; establish 5 overlapping 2560-acre units; 1+ wells in each; McKenzie
22478, cont'd
22606, MRO, Reunion Bay-Bakken, well siting; Mountrail
22607, MRO, Murphy Creek-Bakken, establish 5 overlapping 2560-acre units; 1 well each; Dunn
22298, cont'd
22480, cont'd
22481, cont'd
14935, cont'd
22608, Hess, Baskin and/or Big Butte-Bakken, establish one overlapping 2560-acre unit, 1 well; Mountrail
22609, Hess, Beaver Lodge and/or the Capa-Bakken, establish one overlapping 2560-acre unit; 1 well; Williams
22610, Hess, Blue Buttes and/or Hawkeye-Bakken, establish one overlapping 2560-acre unit, 1 well; McKenzie
22458, cont'd
22459, cont'd
22611, Hess, Hawkeye-Bakken, well siting, McKenzie
22612, QEP, Spotted Horn and/or Blue Buttes-Bakken, to establish an overlapping 1280-acre unit; 1 well; McKenzie
22613, Cornerstone Natural Resources, Northeast Foothills-Bakken, establish a 640-acre unit; 1 well; Burke
22282, con'td
22284, cont'd
22462, cont'd
22614, OXY USA, Manning-Bakken; i) allow up to 14 horizontal wells to be drilled on two 1280-acre units; ii) establish two overlapping 2560-acre units; 2 wells each, Dunn
22473, cont'd
22474, cont'd
22615, GEM Razorback, LLC, Banks-Bakken; to determine the reasonable actual costs; a nonparticipating owner, well file #18980, McKenzie
22616, GEM Razorback, LLC, Banks-Bakken; to determine the reasonable actual costs; a nonparticipating owner, well file #19350, McKenzie
22617, Clean Water, waste facility, Dunn
22093, cont'd
22618, Murex, Gooseneck-Bakken, 8 wells on a 1280-acre unit, Divide
22619, Petro Harvester Operating, flaring
22620, Hess, commingling
22621, Hess, commingling
22492, cont'd
22493, cont'd
22495, cont'd
22496, cont'd
22622, Petro-Hunt, pooling
22623, Petro-Hunt, pooling
22624, Petro-Hunt, pooling
22625, Petro-Hunt, pooling
22626, Petro-Hunt, pooling
22627, Petro-Hunt, pooling
22628, Petro-Hunt, pooling
22629, Petro-Hunt, pooling
22630, Whiting, Sanish-Bakken, 4 horizontal wells on a 640-acre unit; Mountrail, Mckenzie
22631, BR, Elidah-Bakken, 14 wells on each of two 1280-acre units, McKenzie
22632, BR, Croff-Bakken, 28 wells on a 2560-acre unit, McKenzie
22634, BR, Pershing-Bakken, 28 wells on a 2560-acre unit, McKenzie
22635, BR, North Fork-Bakken, 2 wells on a 2560-acre unit; McKenzie
22517, cont'd
22636, MRO, Reunion Bay-Bakken, 9 horizontal wells on a 1280-acre unit; 2 horizontal wells on an overlapping 2560-acre unit; Mountrail

Thursday, July 24, 2014

22637, Fidelity, Heart River-Bakken, proper spacing, Stark
22638, Baytex, Smoky Butte-Bakken, proper spacing, Divide
22639, Baytex, Musta-Bakken, proper spacing, Divide
22640, Baytex, Skabo-Bakken, proper spacing, Divide
22641, Baytex, Moraine-Bakken, proper spacing, Divie
22642, Hunt, Sioux Trail-Bakken, flaring, Divide
22643, Hunt, flaring
22644, Hunt, flaring
22645, Hess, Marmon-Bakken, proper spacing, Williams
21997, cont'd
 22646, CLR, Viking-Bakken, proper spacing, Burke
22647, CLR, Smoky Butte; revoke a permit issued to North Plains Energy, Divide
22648, CLR, Rattlesnake Point-Bakken, 28 wells on each existing 1280-acre unit within Zones I, II, and III; 6 wells on/near the section lines; 28 wells on each existing 1920-acre unit within Zone IV; and 6 wells on/near the section lines; 56 wells on each 2560-acre unit in Zones V and VI; 12 wells on/near the section lines; Dunn
22649, CLR, Oakdale-Bakken, 28 wells on each existing 1280-acre unit within Zones I and II; 6 wells on/near the section lines; 56 wells on each existing 2560-acre unit in Zones III and IV; 12 wells on/near the section lines; Dunn
22650, CLR, Cedar Coulee-Bakken, 28 wells on each existing 1280-acre unit within Zones IV, V, and VI; 6 on/near the section lines; 56 wells on each 2560-acre unit within Zones VII, VIII, and IX; 12 wells on/near the section lines; Dunn
22651, CLR, Jim Creek-Bakken, 28 wells on each existing 1280-acre unit within Zones I, II, III, IV, V, and VI; six wells on/near the section lines; 28 wells on each existing 1920-acre unit within Zone VII; six wells on/near the sections lines; 56 wells on each 2560-acre unit in Zones VIII and IV; 12 wells on/near the section lines; Dunn
22652, CLR, Chimney Butte-Bakken, 28 wells on each existing 1280-acre unit within Zones I, II, III, IV, and V; six wells on/near the the section lines; 56 wells on each 2560-acre unit in Zones VI, VII, VIII, IX, and X; 12 wells on/near the section lines; Dunn
22653, CLR, Haystack Butte-Bakken, 28 wells on each existing 1280-acre unit within Zones II, III, IV, V, VI; six wells on/near the section lines; 56 wells on each 2560-acre unit in Zone VII; 12 wells on/near the section lines; Dunn, McKenzie
Case 22654, CLR, Corral Creek-Bakken, 28 wells on each existing 1280-acre unit (2 units); six wells on/near the section lines; 56 wells on an existing 2560-acre unit; 12 wells on/near the section lines1; Dunn
22655, CLR, Murphy Creek-Bakken, 28 wells on each of two existing 1280-acre units; six wells on/near the section lines; 56 wells on an existing overlapping 2560-acre unit; 12 wells on/near the section line; Dunn
22656, CLR, Medicine Hills-Red River, setback rules, Bowman
22657, CLR, Ranch Creek-Bakken, establish two overlapping 1920-acre units; 1 well on each, McKenzie
22658, CLR, Baukol Noonan-Bakken, establish an overlapping 1920-acre unit, 7 wells, Divide
22659, CLR, taxes and royalties on flaring
22660, CLR, Lindahl-Bakken, alter stratigraphic limits, Williams
22661, CLR, Cedar Coulee-Bakken, alter stratigraphic limits, Dunn
20926, cont'd
20927, cont'd
20928, cont'd
20929, cont'd
21755, cont'd
22365, cont'd
22366, cont'd
22552, cont'd
22553, cont'd
22554, cont'd
22662, Newfield, Lost Bridge-Bakken, establish an overlapping 1280-acre unit; an overlapping 2560-acre unit; one well near the section line, Dunn
22663, Newfield, South tobacco Garden-Bakken and/or Siverston-Bakken, establish an overlapping 2560-acre unit; 1 well near the section line, McKenzie
22664, Newfield, Sand Creek-Bakken, establish an overlapping 2560-acre unit, 1 well on the section line; McKenzie
22665, WPX, Van Hook-Bakken, establish 2 overlapping 2560-acre units; 1 well on the section line; Mountrail
22666, WPX, Van Hook-Bakken, one well on a 640-acre unit; a well on another 640-acre unit; and establish an overlapping 1920-acre unit, ten wells; McLean
22667, Basin Shale, Rough Rider, Devils Pass, and/or Ice Caves-Bakken, or in the alternative, Rhoades and/0r Scairt Woman Field, establish 10 1280-acre units; 1 well oneach; McKenzie
22668, Statoil, Todd, Springbrook, Painted Woods, and/or Williston-Bakken; establish 14 overlapping 2560-acre units; and to drill wells on/near the section lines of the proposed 2560-acre spacing units; Williams
22669, Statoil, Last Chance and/or Crazy Man Creek-Bakken; establish three overlapping 2560-acre units; a hz well on/near the section line of the proposed 2560-acre spacing units; Williams, McKenzie
22670, Staoil, Missouri Ridge and/or Cow Creek-Bakken, establish three overlapping 2560-acre units; drill along section lines; Williams
22671, Statoil, Avoca and/or Stockyard Creek-Bakken, establish an overlapping 2560-acre unit; 1 well on/near the secitonline; Williams
22672, Statoil, Stony Creek, Epping, and/or Stockyard Creek-Bakken, establish an overlapping 2560-acre unit; 1 well on/near the section line; Williams
22673, Statoil, Williston-Bakken, establish 2 overlapping 2560-acre units; 1 well on/near the section line; Williams
22674, Statoil, Catwalk-Bakken, establish an overlapping 2560-acre unit, 1 well on/near the section line; Williams
22675, Mountain Divide, West Ambrose-Bakken, establish two 1280-acre units; 8 wells on each unit; Divide
22676, EOG, Stanley-Bakken, alter definition of stratigraphic limits of the pool, Mountrail
22677, EOG, Parshall-Bakken, alter definition of stratigraphic limits of the pool, Mountrail, McLean
22678, EOG, Parshall-Bakken, multiple wells on existing 640-acre units, on existing 1280-acre units; and on existing 1920-acre units; Mountrail
22679, EOG, Parshall-Bakken, multiple large units; multiple wells, Mountrail
22680, EOG, Parshall-Bakken, multiple wells and siting issues; Mountrail
22519, cont'd
22520, cont'd
22681, White Owl Energy, treatment plant, Mountrail
22682, Enduro Operating, North Branch Field, 1 well from the Birdbear Pool into the Duperow Pool, McKenzie
20658, cont'd
22161, cont'd
22356, cont'd
22530, cont'd
22532, cont'd
22522, cont'd
22683, Abraxas, revoke a permit issued to XTO Energy
22531, cont'd
21799, cont'd
21800, cont'd
22684, Solutions Energy, Lone Tree-Madison, establish a 320-acre unit; 1 well, Ward County;
22685, Samson Resources, pooling
22686, Samson Resources, pooling
22687, Samson Resources, commingling
22688, Samson Resources, commingling
22689, Samson Resources, commingling
22690, Samson Resources, comminging
22691, CLR, pooling
22692, CLR, pooling
22693, CLR, pooling
22694, CLR, pooling
22695, CLR, pooling
22696, CLR, risk penalty legalese
22697, CLR, risk penalty legalese
22588, cont'd
22589, cont'd
21375, cont'd
22698, Statoil, flaring
22699, Statoil, flaring
22700, Statoil, flaring
22701, Statoil, pooling
22702, Statoil, pooling
22703, Statoil, pooling
22704, Statoil, pooling 
22705, Statoil, pooling
22706, Statoil, pooling
22707, Statoil, pooling
22708, Statoil, pooling
22709, Statoil, pooling
22710, Statoil, pooling
22711, Statoil, pooling
22712, Statoil, pooling
22713, Statoil, pooling
22714, Statoil, pooling
22715, Statoil, pooling
22716, Statoil, pooling
22717, Statoil, pooling
22718, Statoil, pooling
22719, Statoil, pooling
22720, Statoil, pooling
22721, Statoil, pooling
22722, Statoil, pooling
22723, Statoil, pooling
22724, Statoil, pooling
22725, Statoil, pooling
22726, Statoil, pooling
22727, Statoil, pooling
22728, Statoil, pooling
22729, Statoil, pooling
22730, Statoil, pooling
22731, Newfield, pooling
22732, Newfield, pooling
22733, Newfield, pooling
22723, Newfield, pooling
22734, Newfield, pooling
22735, Newfield, pooling
22736, Newfield, pooling
22737, Newfield, Westberg-Bakken, 8 wells on an existing 1280-acre units; 7 wells on an existing 1280-acre unit; McKenzie
22562, cont'd
22738, Liberty Resources, pooling
22739, XTO, pooling
22740, XTO, pooling
22741, Corinthian Exploration, commingling
22742, Corinthian Exploration, commingling
22743, Enerplus, Mandaree-Bakken, 7 wells on an existing 640-acre unit; Dunn
22744, Enerplus, Heart Butte-Bakken, 7 wells on each of ~8 1280-acre units, Dunn
22745, Mountain Divide, Big Dipper-Bakken, 8 wells on each of three existing 1280-acre units; Divide
22746, Mountain Divide, West Ambrose-Bakken, 8 wells on each of three existing 1280-acre units; Divide
22747, Mountain Divide, Alkabo-Bakken, 8 wells on an existing 1280-acre unit; Divide
22748, Mountain Divide, Fortuna-Bakken, 8 wells on each of two existing 1280-acre units; Divide
22749, Mountain Divide, pooling
22750, Mountain Divide, pooling
22751, Mountain Divide, pooling
22752, Mountain Divide, pooling
22753, Mountain Divide, pooling
22754, Mountain Divide, pooling
22755, Mountain Divide, pooling
22756, Mountain Divide, pooling
22757, Mountain Divide, pooling
22758, Mountain Divide, pooling
22759, Mountain Divide, pooling
22760, Mountain Divide, pooling
22761, Solutions Energy, pooling
22762, Denbury Onshore, SWD
22763, Apollo Resources; SWD
22373, cont'd
22374, cont'd
22375, cont'd
22376, cont'd
22377, cont'd
22378, cont'd
22379, cont'd
22380, cont'd
22381, cont'd
22382, cont'd
22383, cont'd
22384, cont'd
22385, cont'd
22386, cont'd
22387, cont'd
22388, cont'd
22389, cont'd
22390, cont'd
22391, cont'd
Friday, July 25, 2014
A few "continued" cases.

Something Tells Me Congress Will Act -- June 27, 2014

From Seeking Alpha with regard to US exporting condensate:
  • All U.S. crude oil that is processed by a distillation tower - not just condensate - is exempt from the crude export ban, potentially widening the amount of petroleum U.S. producers can send to markets abroad, Reuters reports, citing U.S. government and industry sources.
  • By focusing on how the oil is treated rather than what it is, this week's ruling allowing two companies that produce condensate to export the oil if it is processed by a distillation tower appears to open an option for companies that produce traditional crude to get around the export ban by lightly boiling their own oil, the report says.
  • The new interpretation of the ruling will add to the speculation over how much of the U.S. shale oil boom might reach overseas markets.
Update, July 2, 2014: as expected, US senators are questioning the Commerce Department on this development.

Strata-X Strikes Natural Gas In "The Sleeping Giant" In North Dakota; Economical? Still In Progress

I track Strata-X and "The Sleeping Giant" here.

To find "exact location" of this well on a map, scroll to the bottom of this post for instructions:

Press release here. In case that link breaks, another link.

This is the beginning of the press release:
DENVER, COLORADO USA, BRISBANE, QUEENSLAND AUSTRALIA and VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA CANADA - June 26, 2014 (Pacific Time - Canada)
  • Gas shows encountered in the Niobrara formation after penetrating regional hydrocarbon seal.
  • Approximately 80 feet of reservoir interpreted in the upper two intervals of the Niobrara.
  • Currently running logs ahead of casing operations.
The Directors and management of Strata-X Energy Ltd. are pleased to announce that the Company has completed drilling operations on the Rohweder #1-11 well (“Well”), the Company’s first proof of concept well on the Company’s 120,000 net acre Sleeping Giant Gas Project. In drilling the vertical Well to a total depth of 1,450 feet, gas shows were encountered immediately after penetrating the regional hydrocarbon seal. In total, gas shows were encountered over an 80 foot interval of the targeted Niobrara formation, with gas shows peaking at approximately 300 units over a background of 25 units. In drilling portions of the targeted Niobrara formation, oil fluorescence and oil cut were also observed. 
The Well is currently being logged in preparation for setting casing to total depth. After casing, the Well will be shut-in to await completion stimulation. This will allow the Company time to design an optimal method utilizing data obtained during the drilling of the Well. The Rohweder #1-11 well is the Company’s first proof of concept well on the Sleeping Giant Gas Project where the Company has rights to approximately 120,000 net acres of exploratory leases. The Company maintains a 100% working interest in the Well. It is anticipated that three additional wells may be drilled on other large prospects mapped over the Sleeping Giant Gas Project later this year following successful production testing of this Well.
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A Note to the Granddaughters

Each day our older granddaughter and I cover five subjects in 30 - 120 minutes/day depending on how much free time she has during the summer, on any given day.  We touch on all five subjects each day, but we focus longer on one subject each day. The subjects: math, reading, sciences, social sciences, and art.

Yesterday was "social sciences" day. Generally she pulls down the voluminous National Geographic Atlas and picks a country at random. Yesterday, she chose Australia and Oceania. I now know the seven states and/or "territories" of the island continent (Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia, Tasmania, and Western Australia; Australian Capital Territory, and the Northern Territory), the state/territory capitals, and the national capital.

We also learned the history of "commonwealth," and learned there are four commonwealth states in the United States: Massachusetts, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. We have ties to three; when she includes one of her girl friends, we have ties to all four.

With Oceania, my wife will now have a whole new category for "Facts in Five." I was reminded of all this because in the Strata-X press release above, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, was in the byline.

July, 2014, NDIC Dockets, Highlights

Highlights first; full summary later. 

Links to previous docket summaries are posted here

Source here.

2560 / 56 = 45


Wednesday, July 23, 2014

22599, Whiting, Sanish-Bakken, establish 15 overlapping 2560-acre units, 1 well each, Mountrail
22601, KOG, East Fork-Madison, establish a zone of stand-up 320-acre units; unspecified number of horizontal wells; Williams
22603, BR, Elidah, Siverston, and/or Garden-Bakken, establish one 2560-acre unit, 16 wells; and establish seven overlapping 2560-acre units, 1+ wells; McKenzie
22631, BR, Elidah-Bakken, 14 wells on each of two 1280-acre units, McKenzie
22632, BR, Croff-Bakken, 28 wells on a 2560-acre unit, McKenzie
22634, BR, Pershing-Bakken, 28 wells on a 2560-acre unit, McKenzie

Thursday, July 24, 2014

22648, CLR, Rattlesnake Point-Bakken, 28 wells on each existing 1280-acre unit within Zones I, II, and III; 6 wells on/near the section lines; 28 wells on each existing 1920-acre unit within Zone IV; and 6 wells on/near the section lines; 56 wells on each 2560-acre unit in Zones V and VI; 12 wells on/near the section lines; Dunn
22649, CLR, Oakdale-Bakken, 28 wells on each existing 1280-acre unit within Zones I and II; 6 wells on/near the section lines; 56 wells on each existing 2560-acre unit in Zones III and IV; 12 wells on/near the section lines; Dunn
22650, CLR, Cedar Coulee-Bakken, 28 wells on each existing 1280-acre unit within Zones IV, V, and VI; 6 on/near the section lines; 56 wells on each 2560-acre unit within Zones VII, VIII, and IX; 12 wells on/near the section lines; Dunn
22651, CLR, Jim Creek-Bakken, 28 wells on each existing 1280-acre unit within Zones I, II, III, IV, V, and VI; six wells on/near the section lines; 28 wells on each existing 1920-acre unit within Zone VII; six wells on/near the sections lines; 56 wells on each 2560-acre unit in Zones VIII and IV; 12 wells on/near the section lines; Dunn
22652, CLR, Chimney Butte-Bakken, 28 wells on each existing 1280-acre unit within Zones I, II, III, IV, and V; six wells on/near the the section lines; 56 wells on each 2560-acre unit in Zones VI, VII, VIII, IX, and X; 12 wells on/near the section lines; Dunn
22653, CLR, Haystack Butte-Bakken, 28 wells on each existing 1280-acre unit within Zones II, III, IV, V, VI; six wells on/near the section lines; 56 wells on each 2560-acre unit in Zone VII; 12 wells on/near the section lines; Dunn, McKenzie
Case 22654, CLR, Corral Creek-Bakken, 28 wells on each existing 1280-acre unit (2 units); six wells on/near the section lines; 56 wells on an existing 2560-acre unit; 12 wells on/near the section lines1; Dunn
22655, CLR, Murphy Creek-Bakken, 28 wells on each of two existing 1280-acre units; six wells on/near the section lines; 56 wells on an existing overlapping 2560-acre unit; 12 wells on/near the section line; Dunn
22666, WPX, Van Hook-Bakken, one well on a 640-acre unit; a well on another 640-acre unit; and establish an overlapping 1920-acre unit, ten wells; McLean
22668, Statoil, Todd, Springbrook, Painted Woods, and/or Williston-Bakken; establish 14 overlapping 2560-acre units; and to drill wells on/near the section lines of the proposed 2560-acre spacing units; Williams
22669, Statoil, Last Chance and/or Crazy Man Creek-Bakken; establish three overlapping 2560-acre units; a hz well on/near the section line of the proposed 2560-acre spacing units; Williams, McKenzie
22670, Staoil, Missouri Ridge and/or Cow Creek-Bakken, establish three overlapping 2560-acre units; drill along section lines; Williams
22678, EOG, Parshall-Bakken, multiple wells on existing 640-acre units, Mountrail
22679, EOG, Parshall-Bakken, multiple large units; multiple wells, Mountrail
22743, Enerplus, Mandaree-Bakken, 7 wells on an existing 640-acre unit; Dunn
22744, Enerplus, Heart Butte-Bakken, 7 wells on each of ~8 1280-acre units, DUnn

Friday, July 25, 2014
A few "continued" cases.

June 27, 2014: A Stock-Picker's Market Carbo Certamics Trading At A New High; Schlumberger Trading At A New High

Active rigs in North Dakota:


6/27/201406/27/201306/27/201206/27/201106/27/2010
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Why wage growth has been held down (and will be held down): the US Bureau of Labor Statistics is reporting that all "new" job growth since 2000 went to immigrants (it does not report that almost all "new" disability payments went to non-immigrant Americans.
Government data show that since 2000 all of the net gain in the number of working-age (16 to 65) people holding a job has gone to immigrants (legal and illegal).
This is remarkable given that native-born Americans accounted for two-thirds of the growth in the total working-age population.
Though there has been some recovery from the Great Recession, there were still fewer working-age natives holding a job in the first quarter of 2014 than in 2000, while the number of immigrants with a job was 5.7 million above the 2000 level.
All of the net increase in employment went to immigrants in the last 14 years partly because, even before the Great Recession, immigrants were gaining a disproportionate share of jobs relative to their share of population growth. In addition, natives' losses were somewhat greater during the recession and immigrants have recovered more quickly from it.
With 58 million working-age natives not working, the Schumer-Rubio bill (S.744) and similar House measures that would substantially increase the number of foreign workers allowed in the country seem out of touch with the realities of the U.S. labor market
It would be interesting to break down some of the demographics of this study:
  • the type of jobs illegal and legal immigrants hold in this country
  • the demographics of the native-born Americans who are now long-term unemployed
  • the hourly wages among the various groups

Hess Donates $5 Million For New Energy Complex, UND, Grand Forks

The Dickinson Press is reporting:
The University of North Dakota received a $7.5 million donation Thursday to fund the building of a Collaborative Energy Complex for the College of Engineering and Mines.
Hess Corp., a New York City-based integrated oil and natural gas company, donated $5 million. The state gave an additional $2.5 million from the North Dakota Higher Education Challenge Fund, which was set up to help fund and encourage donations to higher education.
The more than 30,000-square-foot building will be on the southeast part of campus between Leonard Hall and Upson Hall I, bridging Upson Hall I, Upson Hall II, Harrington Hall and the Wilson M. Laird Core and Sample Library together to create one large center.

North Dakota -- 100; US -- 10; North Dakota Nears Its All-Time Daily Production / Well -- April, 2014

I haven't look at the average production / North Dakota well in a long, long time. I used to look at that statistic periodically. For example, on June 12, 2012, I wrote:
Production/well/day
  • Through the '80s, the average daily production per well was around 40 bbls/day.
  • Through the '90s, the average daily production per well was around 30 bbls/day.
  • In 2009, the average daily production per well jumped to the mid-50s.
  • In 2010, the avg daily production/well was in the mid-60s, hitting 70 bbls/day in November.
  • In June, 2011, the average hit 70 again, at 73 bbls/well/day.
  • In September, 2011: 80 bbls/well/day.
  • In April, 2012, 90 bbls/well/day.
For a graphic display, click here.  
The NDIC data can be found here: https://www.dmr.nd.gov/oilgas/stats/statisticsvw.asp. When you get to that site, go to "General Statistics" and click on "Historical Monthly Oil Production Statistics" which will take you to the PDF.

So, what is the average North Dakota well producing these days? According to the NDIC, as of April, 2014, the average well in North Dakota is producing about 97 bopd.

I remember when I first posted that data, a reader (or readers) scoffed at how miserably low this production per well was. That told me volumes about the knowledge base of the reader. I never thought to check the average production of wells across the entire United States. I did not know that data existed. But Don found it and sent it to me. The EIA is reporting that the average US well produces ... drum roll .... offshore and onshore ... drum roll ... hold onto your hat ... 10 bbls of oil per day.

The link is here.

Yes, I know, "North Dakota - 100; US - 10" is rounded, but I do that to help me remember the data. To be exact, it's 97 vs 10.6 (e). The "e" stands for estimate. Yes, even with all the computers and all the reporting regulations and all the bureaucrats crunching numbers every day, the US EAI's most recently published data is only as recent as 2009. The numbers for 2010 and 2011 are estimates and the agency (at this site) does not even post the estimates for 2012, 2013, 2014, or 2015.

North Dakota, on the other hand, has data that is current within about six weeks, and this particular table is current up to two months ago.

Discounting the outliers in the first few years of oil production in North Dakota, the current average of 97 bopd/well in North Dakota is coming close to the all-time high set in November, 2013, -- 101 bopd/well -- also part of the current Bakken boom.

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After the original post was posted, Wes provided a nice look at production/well by county, see first comment. Because comments are not google-searchable, the comment was place up here:
If you are interested, here are the numbers, as of the April 2014 data release, on a countywide basis for the eight most productive counties in the state. In parenthesis are the highest values of daily oil production per well recorded in each of the counties since the start of 2005.

Bowman: 42 bopd/well (highest since 2005 was 98 bopd/well in June 2006)
Burke: 36 bopd/well (37 bopd/well in December 2012)
Divide: 68 bopd/well (82 bopd/well in May/June 2013)
Dunn: 119 bopd/well (134 bopd/well in October 2013)
McKenzie: 132 bopd/well (133 bopd/well in August/September 2013)
Mountrail: 127 bopd/well (297 bopd/well in November 2008)
Stark: 98 bopd/well (137 bopd/well in December 2012)
Williams: 92 bopd/well (118 bopd/well in June 2012) 

TGIF -- June 27, 2014

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