Sunday, November 6, 2016

Sunday Night, Nothing About The Bakken -- November 6, 2016

Update on the Russian Northern Fleet: based on the last "ping" about two hours and 15 minutes ago, the fleet is almost exactly midway between Crete and Cyprus. In addition, the tug is moving as fast as I've seen it move this entire voyage. The previous "high" was 11.1 knots; at the last "ping" two hours and 15 minutes ago, the tug was moving 12.2 knots.

Sunday Night

Wow, I could not be in a better mood. The NASCAR race was delayed by rain, and I will see the whole race tonight.

During the commercials interrupting the NASCAR race, I will check in on Sunday Night Football.

I was able to see our older granddaughter play in the largest north Texas water polo tournament in history this weekend (see trophies below). The tournament was held over two days, and was so "big," it was held in two venues, one natatorium in Southlake; one in Keller. Highlights for our 13-year-old:
  • she played on the mixed (boys/girls) team for those aged 14 and under; her team took 3rd overall
  • she played on the all girls team for those aged 18 and under; her team took 3rd overall, in that group, also
  • in the "14-and-under" game for 3rd place, they were clearly the better team, but in the fourth/final quarter, their opponent was gaining; there was a good chance our team would let the game get away from them, and they could lose; the coach called a timeout, power chat; when they resumed play, our granddaughter immediately scored, turning the momentum back in our favor, and we easily won
  • she thought the 14-year-old group was much more difficult than the 18-and-under age group
I was able to spend three hours with Sophia today while her Dad was at work, and her Mom was with the middle granddaughter at Olympic Development for soccer players; Sophia and I always have a great time together.

After the NASCAR race and Sunday Night Football, then the British comedies starting around 11:00 on public television.

By the way, the NASCAR race is at Texas Motor Speedway, just a few minutes west of us.

As busy as I was today, I was still able to get a few hours of reading in; connecting the dots with Shakespeare, Dante, Chaucer, and Marlowe; also re-reading a bit of Helen of Troy and re-learning the geography of the eastern Mediterranean, which seems a bit relevant tonight.

So, all in all, a great weekend.


I must have missed something. I thought all four drivers had been determined for the round of four, but tonight, it is being reported that only Jimmy Johnson is guaranteed to be in the round of four. The other three will be decided after Martinsville (last week); Texas (tonight); and, Phoenix (next week). The other seven still in the chase: Denny Hamlin (11); Matt Kenseth (20); Kyle Busch (18); Joey Logano (22), Kevin Harvick (4); Kurt Busch (41); and, Carl Edwards (19).


Of my family members and friends of my family members, I have been very clear that I support Trump in this election. I said that many, many months ago and have never brought it up in discussion since. I won't talk politics with family. We have friends out in California who know my preferences. The other day they sent me a link to an article that they thought might "help" me. LOL. I think they thought I might be having "concerns" or "problems" or cognitive dissonance with this election. I provided a very, very long response but will print just a bit of it for the archives. This was my reply with regard to the presidential campaign:
I don't think I could be happier with any presidential election as I am with this one this year, on so many levels.
First, it's a real, real, bloody, dirty fight (the Muhammad Ali vs Sonny Liston fight comes to mind; or perhaps Al Capone vs Eliot Ness; or perhaps cockfights, which are illegal in the US).  By comparison, and in retrospect, the Bush-Gore, Bush-Kerry (I had completely forgotten that one), the McCain-Obama, the Obama-Romney races were sleepers. Really, really boring. Finally, we have a real contest. Love it. The only previous contest in modern history that might have been as nasty was the Johnson-Goldwater race.

Second, it's very possible the lawsuits and contests on election day could push the outcome into "overtime." It will be interesting to see what replaces "hanging chads" this year. Hopefully it won't be what I think it will be.

Third, when it's all over, assuming there is an "end" by the end of November, there will be a real catharsis for any American emotionally involved in the outcome.

For me, I only want my two oldest granddaughters to be happy with the outcome (they are watching very intently). The books I've been reading have made a huge difference in my thoughts about this election. The books have nothing to do with contemporary politics but help me put a lot of things in perspective.
The reply was much, much longer, but mostly about the books I've been reading the past few months.

This is the reason this election does not bother me all that much: Americans are going into the election with their eyes wide shut. According to one source this "means a person refuses to see something in plain view, because of preconceived notions of what this something should look like." The source suggests this is often true of those who we might consider naïve but I would argue, just like the movie of the same name, naïveté has nothing to do with it.

Obama was a blank slate in his first presidential campaign; Americans did not know who he was or what they were getting.

"Blank slate" is the last phrase that describes the two opponents in this race. Every voter knows exactly who they are voting for. Good, bad, indifferent, whoever wins, American will know exactly what they are "getting" when the 45th president is sworn in. Hopefully, it's not Tim Kaine.

[Seriously, I had completely forgotten that John Kerry was once the Democrat Party's nominee for president. What were they thinking?] 

Football Ratings

I don't know what to make of NFL ratings. "They" say NFL ratings are way down this year. With all the ways one can catch or watch NFL football, it's hard for me to believe that fewer eyeballs are watching NFL this year. Perhaps, fewer eyeballs are watching "live" NFL, but overall my hunch is that the NFL is doing just fine.

Having said that, other than Denver fans and Oakland fans, is anyone really watching tonight's Sunday night game? And, apparently, the Thursday night games this season have been even worse. I don't know; I haven't watched much NFL on Thursday nights.

Today, while taking care of Sophia I had some Sunday NFL game on in the background. I don't recall which game (oh, that's right, it was the Green Bay - Colts game). I had the volume on "mute" because Sophia and I were engaged in some activity. What surprised me was the number of "flags thrown" or penalties. It seemed every play or every other play a yellow flag was being thrown.

Really, Really Esoteric Post Regarding Depth Of Wells In The Bakken --- November 6, 2016

This is really, really getting into the weeds. I think I'm right on this but could be misinterpreting or reading things incorrectly, but folks who are really "into this," you might find this interesting. Again, I may be completely wrong but it makes sense to me.

First: go to the post and look at the graphics at that post and note how far away the "bottom hole" is from the surface hole horizontally. Horizontally, these wells are sited in section 26. They then traverse section 27, all of 34, and all of sections 3 and 10.

One would expect these wells to be incredibly "deep" -- going through three sections, traversing part of a fourth section, and being sited in a fifth section.

CLR and EOG have the "deepest" wells in the Bakken when they drill super-long-laterals (3-sections) either for a 1920-acre drilling unit, or to reach a drilling unit under the river (see the TDs of some of these previously reported long wells below the "fold" down below, "previous posts." The longest of these wells are running 25,000 to 26,555 feet.

One would expect the Brangus and the Charolais wells (at the link above) to be much longer (a far greater TD). In fact: these two wells are very, very long, but they do not set any records, both are less than 25,000 feet long.
  • 32605, conf, CLR, Charolais North Federal 1-3H1, SWNW 26-154-94, 2200' FNL and 492' FWL, Elm Tree, 24,741', 9-5/8 inch, 46 stages, 10 million lbs; 24,741 feet; surface hole in section 26-154-94; bottom hole in section 10-153-94; the first bench of the Three Forks
  • 32606, conf, CLR, Brangus Federal 1-2H1, SWNW 26-154-94, 2200' FNL and 537' FWL, Elm Tree, 24,628', 9-5/8 inch, 46 stages; 10 million lbs; 24,942 feet, the second bench of the Three Forks
Second: do the math. How did CLR do it? By starting the directional drilling at 2,000. The EOG Hawkeye wells in Clarks Creek, on the other hand, go horizontal after almost reaching the target formation at 10,000 feet.

It's too tedious to go through all the math but it's amazing how taking advantage of the Pythagorean theorem can really save some time and pipe. Instead of going vertical to 10,000 feet and then going horizontal, one can cut a fair amount of drilling out of the equation by going directional at 2,000 feet, well before hitting the target formation at 10,000.

Previous Posts

A three-section-long middle Bakken -- August 2, 2014
  • 25959, 732, CLR, Haffner 1-31H, Noonan, middle Bakken; 1920-acre; 50 stages; 7 million lbs, a true 3-section lateral (full sections 19/30/31 - 162-95); TD = 23,432 feet; background gases "poor"; t3/14; cum 134K 9/16;
Update on EOG LIberty LR 17-11H, deepest TD in the Bakken? -- January 12, 2012
  • 20037, 790, EOG, Liberty LR 17-11H, Parshall, t6/11; cum 289K 9/16; 24,390 feet with extended long lateral under the river. 24,390 / 5,280 =  4.62 miles.  Vertical is about 10,000 feet, so the horizontal is about 15,000 feet, just under 3 miles. 
  • 21002, 384, THunderbird Resources/GMX Resources, Wock 21-2-1H, New Hradec, Bakken Pool, s7/11; t10/11; cum 76K 9/16; 15 stages, 2.8 million lbs; Three Forks Formation; 21,151 feet;
Deepest well in North Dakota? -- June 28, 2011
  • 23532, 527, CLR, Louisville 2-9H, Last Chance, t2/13; cum 191K 916; total depth: 26,555 feet; NWSW 10-153-100, runs east-to-west, sections 9/8/7-153-100 (it is sited just inside section 10); it runs under the river. Section 8 is entirely under the river. 44 stages; 3.65 million lbs, sand and ceramic.
EOG also has some super long laterals.
  • 22484, 2,946, EOG, Hawkeye 102-2501H, Clarks Creek, 62 stages; 15 million lbs, t1/13; cum 534K 9/16; 25,451 feet;
  • 22485, 1,926, EOG, Hawkeye 01-2501H, Clarks Creek, 64 stages; 15 million lbs, t1/13; cum 596K 9/16; 25,827 feet;
  • 22486, 2,421, EOG, Hawkeye 100-2501H, Clarks Creek, t9/12; cum 713K 9/16; 25,101 feet;
  • 22487, 67 (no typo), EOG, Hawkeye 02-2501H, Clarks Creek, 69 stages, 27million lbs, t12/13; cum 649K 9/16; 24,740 feet;
  • 20753, 231, Hunt, Redwing 1-3-10H 1, Bear Butte t11/11; cum 72K 9/16; the Middle Bakken was encountered at 11,215 MD, or 11,017 TVD.   
Longest EOG well? -- November 29, 2011.
  • 19721, 1,063, EOG, Liberty LR 19-23H, Van Hook, Bakken, s10/10; t3/11; cum 325K 9/16;, 31 stages, 5 million lbs, 22,385 feet; 
  •  19231, 398, EOG, Liberty LR 13-14H, Parshall, t12/11; cum 278K 916; 22,757 feet
Update on three super-long-laterals -- February 12, 2011
  • 18749, 502, Slawson, Osprey Federal 1-26-25-30H, Van Hook, t9/10; cum 305K 9/16; 21,910 feet
  • 19720, 510, EOG, Liberty LR 14-23Hl, Parshall, t4/11; cum 238K 9/16; 22,212 feet
  • 19433, 3,000, EOG, Liberty LR 17-11H, 24,496 feet 

Newfield Will Report Two Bakken Wells Monday -- November 6, 2016

Monday, November 7, 2016
  • 31733, 1,461, Newfield, Lost Bridge Federal 148-96-9-4-11H, Lost Bridge, upper Three Forks, 60.8% drilled in 15' target zone; 17.8% drilled in upper Three Forks B; and, 21.4% drilled in Three Forks A facies; t9/16; cum 6K over 5 days;
Sunday, November 6, 2016
  • None
Saturday, November 5, 2016
  • 31734, 1,693, Newfield, Lost Bridge Federal 148-96-9-4-1H, Lost Bridge, t9/16; cum 5K over 4 days; 83.4% drilled 15' target zone, middle Bakken "C"; 10.9% drilled in middle Bakken "D" facies; and, 5.7% drilled in middle Bakken "B" facies;
  • 30297, SI/NC, Hess, EN-Wehrauch C-154-93-2932H-5, Robinson Lake, no production data,

31734, see below, Newfield, Lost Bridge Federal 148-96-9-4-1H, Lost Bridge:

DateOil RunsMCF Sold

31733, see above, Newfield, Lost Bridge Federal 148-96-9-4-11H, Lost Bridge:

DateOil RunsMCF Sold

You Had To Be There

From a sundry report for #31733:
At the time of putting the Lost Bridge 11H on production, the generator would not start to power up the flare pit igniter. We had to manually ignite the 12' flare with a flare gun. The flar overshot and landed in grass off location starting a grass fire. Crews put out immediately burning an area about 10' by 20'.

I'm surprised we did not see this is The Dickinson Press. If it was there, I missed it.