Saturday, August 23, 2014

Permit Projections -- August 23, 2014; Another EOG "400-Series" Well

North Dakota data. 

Permits issued as of this date, August 22:
  • 2014: 1,879
  • 2013: 1,567
  • 2012: 1,431
Projection on this date for total permits issued by end of calendar year:
  • 2014: 2,931
  • 2013: 2,444
  • 2012: 2,232
My numbers may differ from those of the NDIC or others. These are only oil and gas permits; no salt water disposal well permits.


EOG has another "400-series" permit:
  • 29190, SI/NC-->TATD --> conf (noted 9/16) --> 622, EOG, Parshall 406-34H, Parshall. I talked about the EOG "400-series" wells earlier; short lateral; Bakken NOS; middle Bakken target; drilling fluid: salt water in the lateral; spud date, October 14, 2014; FTD date, October 21, 2014; target, Middle Bakken (in zone: 100%); 5,263' lateral; 640-acre spacing; tracked here; 21 stages; cum 5.1 million lbs; t10/16; cum 47K 5/17;
Global Warming

Some weeks ago I mentioned that I had a perception that it really was cooler this summer than past summers. Now the data is starting to come in. Watts Up With That is reporting:
It's been a "cold summer": US daily record minimums outnumbered record maximums 3 to 1 in the last 30 days. Plus, there have been new snowfall records, almost unheard of in summer
But WUWT is reporting some "strange things happening over at government-sponsored weather sites."

Weather Underground is reporting winter in August in Wyoming and Montana, and I assume this weather will track east, giving relief to hot summer weather in the east.

Video, Moving Dirt, Northwest Of Williston -- August 23, 2014


August 25, 2014: see first comment. A reader provides this update on The Ridge, northwest of Williston:
The Ridge has already broken ground. They already have 8 huge apartments complexes that are already occupied or under construction. Also numerous 6-plexes and single family homes under construction. This is their phase 1.
Phase 2, to the north of phase 1, is getting ready to build the new city park and west of phase 2 will be the location of the new high school. Phase 2 will go all the way north to the entrance of the municipal golf course.
The video you shot east of Harvest Hills, is the ROERS project. It will include a housing for a few thousand people and will include apartments, twin homes, single family and commercial.
SpartanNash is supposed to be building a grocery store along with other commercial on the western edge of the development (across the street from Harvest Hills area).
Original Post

It's a cool (almost cold), overcast, rainy day here in Williston. I couldn't find an open seat at "Books on Broadway" so I'm at "The Daily Addiction" on Main Street, which is fairly busy. The college students at the next table over suggest that summer is over; that it's now autumn. One said he dreamt last night that it was snowing. He was not far off. This morning, I actually thought it might snow. It looks like it will be this way all weekend with a high in the mid-50's, and we won't see 60 degrees until Monday, when it should quit raining.

I'm not in the mood to go out touring: a) highways too risky; b) back roads too muddy.


This is just a short throw-away video, nothing of real interest here.

Turn OFF the volume.

This is just a bit of activity northwest of Williston, on the east side of the main road on the east side of Harvest Hills, the huge subdivision northwest of Williston.

As noted earlier, in addition to this new development to the east of Harvest Hills, "The Ridge" is getting ready to break ground to the north of Harvest Hills.

Across the road from Harvest Hills, to the east, overlooking Williston
35 mph = 184,800 feet/hour = 51 feet / sec; the video lasts 35 seconds = almost 1,800 feet frontage. Not a trivial development, either.  

Main Street, Williston

Random photo of current infrastructure work on south Main, Williston, North Dakota. 

NPR: Truth In Renewable Energy Costs -- The Road To New England -- August 23, 2014; Hopefully $125 Million Makes People Feel Better

The first link was sent to me by Steven. Thank you.

Note the source: New Hampshire Public Radio. One wonders how much influence the liberal college students have in these decisions, that once they leave the state will not be affected by the results.

New Hampshire Public Radio is reporting:
A new biomass plant in Berlin is finally producing electricity for Public Service of New Hampshire under a controversial 20-year contract that a report says will cost PSNH ratepayers $125 million more than if the electricity was purchased on the open market...
That estimate came from the consulting firm of La Capra Associates which did the report for the state's Public Utilities Commission as part of a wide-ranging review of PSNH’s operations.
In a statement PSNH said the La Capra report isn’t a sure thing because its conclusions are “highly dependent on a number of issues that are uncertain and difficult to predict - the future price of gas, the retirement of other power plants, and new infrastructure development, among other things." 
My hunch: the estimates are low-balled; they don't want to be responsible for any public lynchings or Ferguson-like looting by disgruntled citizens.

I'm always impressed how precise the estimates can be. In this case,  $125 million, not "more than $100 million" or "more than $125 million," but precisely $125 million. 


Was Putin correct, Obama wrong? Their thoughts, not mine, as being reported by The Washington Post:
What a difference a year makes. Around this time last year, the West was gearing up for military action against the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, who was accused of carrying out chemical weapons attacks on his own people. That intervention never came to pass, not least because domestic public opinion in countries such as Britain and the United States was opposed to further entanglements in the Middle East.
It will be interesting to read the history books 30 years from now. My hunch: there will be a totally new ranking of worse presidents ever, and Jimmy Carter will no longer be among the top three.


Even the mainstream press is ... well, baffled.... FoxNews is reporting:
President Obama has few remaining friends—either in his own party or in the media.
That’s the unmistakable conclusion of two pieces this week in the New York Times. Just about everyone, it seems, is down on his single, solitary nature.
I’ve been saying for a year now that the president’s liberal media allies have soured on him. It started with the ObamaCare debacle and continued through his seeming passivity or slow reaction time in the wake of the VA scandal, the Bowe Bergdahl mess, the military collapse in Iraq and so on.
At this point they’re basically Waiting for Hillary.
What is striking now is a growing sense, fairly or unfairly, that Obama is not capable of rising to the occasion, that he just doesn’t like politics, that he’s disengaged, that despite his soaring rhetoric in 2008 he has a passion deficit.
I don't think he's even phoning it in even more. 

By the way, with regard to that "passion deficit" -- listen to that speech after the video-taped beheading, something about justice, and then off to golf.


In mainstream media, night of August 23, 2014, it is being reported that ISIS is about ready to massacre an Iraqi village (through the UN) and the president issues an executive order directing a federal review of the informal process of "militarizing" America's police.  Could the Feds disarm American law enforcement?

September, 2014, NDIC Hearing Dockets

Dockets are tracked here.
Highlights for the September, 2014, dockets are noted here.
Note: these are done quickly; seldom double-checked; I assume there are typographical errors; source is the NDIC home page;

Wednesday, September 17, 2014
22953, Whiting, Beach-Red River, proper spacing, Golden Valley County
22954, Whiting et al, Bully-Bakken, redefine field limits; McKenzie
14953, cont'd
22955, Hess, Lodgepole formation, create a 1280-acre unit, hz, 1/12-158-95, Williams County
22956, Hess, Red River, create a 1280-acre unit, hz, 1/2-158-85, Williams County
22957, Hess, Beaver Lodge-Bakken, 8 wells on a 1280-acre unit; establish an overlapping 2560-acre unit; 1 wells; Williams
22958, Hess, Beaver Lodge and Capa fields, establish a 1280-acre unit; two hz wells in Red River formation; 18/19-155-95, Williams
22959, Hess, Big Butte-Bakken, setback relief, Mountrail
22960, Whiting, Elk and/or Indian Hill-Bakken, establish 2 overlapping 2560-acre units, 1 well each, McKenzie
22961, Whiting, Lonesome and/or Ragged Butte-Bakken, establish one overlapping 2560-acre unit, 1+ wells; McKenzie
22962, Whiting, Nameless-Bakken, establish 4 overlapping 2560-acre units; 1+ wells, McKenzie
22963, Whiting, Rawson and/or Pronghorn-Bakken, establish one overlapping 2560-acre unit, 1+ wells; McKenzie
22964, Whiting, Arnegard-Bakken, establish 2 overlapping 2560-acre units; 1+ wells on each; McKenzie
22965, Whiting, Timber Creek and/or South Tobacco Garden-Bakken; establish 2 overlapping 2560-acre units; 1+ wells on each, McKenzie
22966, Whiting, Ellsworth Bakken, establish 2 overlapping 2560-acre units; 1+ wells on each, McKenzie
22967, Whiting, Cherry Creek and/or Pleasant Hill-Bakken, establish 3 overlapping 2560-acre units; 1+ wells on each; McKenzie
22968, Whiting, Juniper-Bakken, establish one overlapping 2560-acre unit, 1+ wells, McKenzie
22969, Whiting, Bully-Bakkekn, establish 4 overlapping 2560-acre units; 1+ wells on each, McKenzie
22970, BR, Elidah and/or Dimmick Lake-Bakken, 7 wells on a 1280-acre unit; establish 3 overlapping 2560-acre units; 1+ wells on each; McKenzie
22971, BR, Union Center-Bakken, alter definition of stratigraphic limits, McKenzie
22791, cont'd
22972, KOG, East Fork-Bakken, create 2 overlapping 2560-acre units; 2 wells on each, Williams
22973, Luff, extend State Line-Red River to include another quarter section; establish a 960-acre unit, 1 well; Bowman
22974, Luff, extend Corey Butte-Red River to include another full section; 1 hz well; Bowman
22975, Petro-Hunt, Charlson-Bakken, terminate an overlapping 2560-acre unit; establish 2 overlapping 1280-acre units; 1+ wells; McKenzie
22976, MRO, Reunion Bay-Bakken, establish an overlapping 2560-acre units, 2 wells; create an overlapping 3200-acre unit for 4 wells, Mountrail
22977, Hess, commingling
22978, Hess, commingling
22979, Hess, commingling
22980, Hess, pooling
22981, Hess, pooling
22982, Hess, pooling
22983, Hess, pooling
22984, Hess, pooling
22985, Hess, pooling
22986, Hess, poooling
22987, Hess, pooling
22988, MRO, Reunion Bay-Bakken, a) 14 wells on a 1600-acre spacing unit; b) 16 wells on a 1280-acre spacing unit; d) 3 wells on a 1280-acre unit; Mountrail, McKenzie.
22989, QEP, Spotted Horn-Bakken, a) 24 wells on each of 2 1280-acre units; 48 wells on a 2560-acre unit; McKenzie
22990, QEP, Blue Buttes-Bakken, 3 wells on an overlapping 1280-acre unit; McKenzie
22991, QEP, Croff-Bakken, 3 wells on an overlapping 1280-acre unit; McKenzie
22992, QEP, Eagle Nest-Bakken, 3 wells on an overlapping 1280-acre unit; McKenize
22993, QEP, Grail-Bakken, 24 wells on all of the 640-acre, 1280-acre, and 2560-acre units within Zones I, II, III, V, VII, VIII, IX, X, and XIII; 7 wells on each 1280-acre unit within Zone VI; McKenzie
22994, Luff, pooling
22995, Oasis, SWD, Cottonwood Field, Mountrail

Thursday, September 18, 2014

21799, cont'd, WPX, notice to dismiss, revoke permit
21800, con't, WPX, notice to dismiss,
22996, Hess, Antelope-Bakken, proper spacing, McKenzie
22997, Murex et al, Rawson-Bakken, proper spacing, McKenzie
22998, CLR et al, Indian Hill-Bakken, proper spacing, McKenzie, Williams
22999, Hunt, Bear Butte-Bakken, proper spacing, McKenzie
23000, Emerald Oil et al, Boxcar Butte-Bakken, proper spacing, McKenzie
23001, Hunt et al, Buffalo Wallow-Bakken, proper spacing, McKenzie
23002, Hunt, Little Tank-Bakken, proper spacing, McKenzie
23003, Triangle, Spring Creek and/or Rawson-Bakken, create 3 overlapping 2560-acre units; multiple wells; McKenzie
22532, cont'd
23004, PetroShale, Antelope-Sanish, establish a 640-acre unit, 1 well, McKenzie
23005, SHD, Clarks Creek-Bakken, 18 wells on an existing 640-acre unit; McKenzie
23006, Statoil, Spring Creek-Bakken, create an overlapping 2560-acre unit; 1 well; McKenzie
23007, Statoil, Glass Bluff, Foreman Butte, and/or Nameless-Bakken, create 4 overlapping 2560-acre units; 1 well each, McKenzie
23008, Statoil, Sandrocks-Bakken, create 2 overlapping 2560-acre units; 1 well on each, McKenzie
23009, Statoil, Todd-Bakken, extend, establish a 1280-acre unit, 8 wells, 14/23-154-101; Williams
23010, Statoil, Elk, Camp, and/or Lonesome-Bakken, create 10 overlapping 2560-acre units, 1 well on each; McKenzie
23011, EOG, Parshall-Bakken, create 2 overlapping 1920-acre units (L-shaped); create 2 overlapping 3840-acre units; multiple wells on each, Mountrail
23012, Legacy, rework Legacy etal Bernstein (#21887), temporary injection of fluids, Red Rock-Spearfish, Bottineau
23013, Legacy,  rework Legacy etal Bernstein (#21887), as a water injection well to test feasibility of water flooding the reservoir, Red Rock-Spearfish, Bottineau
23014, WPX, Van Hook-Bakken, create 2 overlapping 2560-acre units; 1 well; Mountrail
23015, WPX, Eagle Nest-Bakken, create an overlapping 2560-acre unit; 1 well; McKenzie
23016, WPX, Spotted Horn-Bakken, create an overlapping 2560-acre unit; 1 well, McKenzie
23017, WPX, Mandaree-Bakken, create an overlapping 2560-acre unit, 1 well, Dunn
23018, WPX, Mandaree-Bakken setback rules, Dunn
23019, WPX, Squaw Creek-Bakken, setback rules, McKenzie
23020, Newfield, relief on a single well, McKenzie
22663, cont'd
22857, cont'd
22844, cont'd
20926, cont'd
20927, cont'd
20928, cont'd
20929, cont'd
21755, cont'd
23021, Enerplus, pooling,
23022, Enerplus, pooling,
23023, Enerplus, pooling,
23024, Enerplus, pooling,
23025, Enerplus, pooling,
23026, Enerplus, pooling,
23027, Enerplus, pooling,
23028, Enerplus, pooling,
23029, Enerplus, pooling,
23030, Enerplus, pooling,
23031, Enerplus, pooling,
23032, Enerplus, pooling,
23033, Enerplus, South Fork-Bakkn, 4 wells on each of 2 320-acre spacing units; 7 wells on each of 4 1280-acre units; Dunn
23034, Enerplus, Moccasin Creek-Bakken, 7 wells on each of 5 1280-acre units; Dunn
23035, Enerplus, McGregory Buttes-Bakken, 7 wells on each of 5 640-acre units; 7 wells on each of 4 1280-acre units; Dunn
23036, CLR, pooling,
23037, CLR, pooling,
23038, CLR, pooling,
23039, CLR, pooling,
21375, cont'd
23040, Statoil, pooling,
23041, Statoil, pooling,
23042, Statoil, pooling,
23043, Statoil, pooling,
23044, Statoil, pooling,
23045, Statoil, pooling,
23046, Statoil, pooling,
23047, Statoil, pooling,
23048, Statoil, pooling,
23049, Statoil, pooling,
23050, Statoil, pooling,
23051, Statoil, pooling,
23052, Statoil, pooling,
23053, Statoil, pooling,
23054, Statoil, pooling,
23055, Statoil, pooling,
23056, Statoil, pooling,
23057, Statoil, pooling,
23058, Statoil, pooling,
23059, Statoil, pooling,
23060, Statoil, pooling,
23061, Statoil, pooling,
23062, Statoil, pooling,
23063, Statoil, pooling,
23064, Hunt, pooling, 
23065, Hunt, pooling,
23066, Newfield, pooling, 
23067, Newfield, Sand Creek-Bakken, 8 wells on an existing 640-acre unit; 
22737, cont'd
23068, Triangle, pooling, 
23069, Triangle, Antelope Creek-Bakken, 12 wells on each of 4 1280-acre units; McKenzie23070, Triangle, Timber Creek-Bakken, 12 wells an existing 1280-acre unit; McKenzie
23071, Triangle, Rawson-Bakken, 12 wells on each of 5 1280-acre units; McKenzie
23072, Sinclair, 7 Bully-Bakken, 7 wells on an existing 1280-acre unit; McKenzie
23073, Legacy, commingling
23074, XTO, flaring, Sorkness-Bakken, Mountrail
23075, XTO, flaring, Sorkness-Bakken, Mountrail
23076, XTO, flaring, Haystack Butte-Bakken, McKenzie
23077, XTO, flaring, Haystack Butte-Bakken, McKenzie
23078, XTO, flaring, Tobacco Garden-Bakken, McKenzie
23079, XTO, flaring, Tobacco Garden-Bakken, McKenzie
23080, XTO, flaring, North Tobacco Garden-Bakken, McKenzie
23081, XTO, flaring, North Tobacco Garden-Bakken, McKenzie
22899, cont'd
22900, cont'd
23082, Denbury, SWD conversion of file #16423, Cedar Hills, Bowman
23083, Thunderbird (AKA GMXR), SWD conversion of file #24639, Whitetail field, Billings
22947, cont'd

Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Case No. 23084: In the matter of a hearing called on a motion of the Commission to consider amending the Bakken, Bakken/Three Forks, Three Forks, and/or Sanish Pool field rules to establish oil conditioning standards and/or impose such provisions as deemed appropriate to improve the transportation safety and marketability of crude oil.

Week 34: August 17, 2014 -- August 23, 2014

Visit to The Bakken
Weatherford facility/complex east of Williston, video
New 4-mile corner west of Williston, video
32nd Avenue, west of Williston, video
32nd Avenue connector completed, graphic
New high school location; screen shot of Williston map (same link as previous entry)
Coming down Indian Hill, into Williston, video
Watford City bypass, southwest of city, video
First impressions, August 2014
Belfield, southern gateway to the Bakken

Top story of the week: Whiting appears to have set world fracking record

Top story of the month: new milestone/record -- 1 million bopd from the North Dakota Bakken

September, 2014, dockets; 24 wells on almost every 640-acre spacing unit in the "Helis Grail"?
Random update a phenomenal Halcon 6-well pad in Eagle Nest
Random note on EOG's new "400-series" wells
Top 50 producers in North Dakota, December, 2013

New Town CBR facility to connect with Hiland crude oil pipeline system

Random update

Bakken economy
Houston-to-Williston, non-stop, United Airlines; service initiated
$135-million convention center for Williston?
Epping, a dying city, now booming

Bakken as laboratory
Using unconventional shale technology to go after "not-so-tight' legacy conventional fields

Bakken 101
A wind farm requires 725 times more land than a fracking site to produce same amount of energy