Thursday, August 20, 2020

We're From The State, And We're Here To Help .... August 20, 2020

.... what will it take to get you guys to drill?

From the September, 2020, NDIC hearing dockets:

On a motion of the Commission to review the status of the leases in Sections 30 and 31, within the 2560-acre spacing unit described as Sections 29, 30, 31, and 32, T.154N., R.96W., Grinnell-Bakken Pool, McKenzie and Williams Counties, ND, and the progress towards developing said Sections 30 and 31 as a standup 1280-acre spacing unit and such other relief as is appropriate. Petro-Hunt, LLC.

The graphics:

The wells:

  • 29762, 959, XTO, Homer 14X-32A, Grinnell, t1/16; cum 221K 4/20; remains off line 6/20;
  • 29761, 1,012, XTO, Homer 14X-32E, Grinnell, t1/16; cum 136K 4/20;
  • 31044, 797, XTO, Homer 14X-32AXD, Grinnell, t1/16; cum 294K 4/20;
  • 31045, 955, XTO, Homer Federal 14X-32F, Grinnell, t1/16; cum 177K 4/20; remains off line 6/20;
  • 31046, 1,018, XTO, Homer 14X-32B, Grinnell, t1/16; cum 294K 4/20; remains off line 6/20;

The wells:

  • 26862, XTO, Ruby State Federal 34X-36B,
  • 21289, XTO, Ruby State 34X-36G,
  • 26863, XTO, Ruby State Federal 34-36A,
  • 26864, XTO, Ruby State Federal 34X-36C,

  • 35055, XTO, Ruby State Federal 34X-36H, 
  • 35056, XTO, Ruby State Federal 34X-36D, 
  • 35057, XTO, Ruby State Federal 34X- 36GXH, 
  • 35058, XTO, Ruby State Federal 34X-36C

For Second Consecutive Week, Natural Gas Fill Rate Exceeds Five-Year Maximum -- August 20, 2020

Link here. Still above the five-year maximum -- second consecutive week to be above the already-fat five-year maximum.

The September, 2020, NDIC Hearing Dockets

The NDIC hearing dockets are tracked here.

Link 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 Do not quote me on any of this.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.

Highlights in bold.

Wednesday, September 16, 2020
Two Pages
The cases (these are cases, not permits):
  • 28551, NDIC, Grinnell-Bakken; review the status of leases in sections 30 / 31, within the 2560-acre spacing unit, sections 29 / 30 / 31 / 32-154-96, progress toward developing said sections 30 / 31; McKenzie, Williams counties;
  • 28552, Oasis, SWD, Siverston oil field;
  • 28553, BR, Sand Creek-Bakken; 30 wells on a 2560-acre unit, sections 31 / 32 / 33 / 34 - 153-96, McKenzie County;
  • 28554, BR, Westberg-Bakken; 15 wells on a 1280-acre unit, sections 5 / 8 - 152-96, McKenzie County;
  • 28556, MRO, Reunion Bay-Bakken, 18 wells on a 2560-acre unit; sections 28 / 29 / 32 / 33 - 152-93, McKenzie County;
Thursday, September 17, 2020
Three Pages
The cases (these are cases, not permits):
  • 28557, NDIC, Elidah-Bakken, appropriate spacing for wells completed in the 2560-acre unit, sections 18 / 19 / 30 / 31; McKenzie County
  • 28558, WPX, McGregory Buttes-Bakken; establish an overlapping 1280-acre unit; sections 14 / 15 - 148-94; ten wells; Dunn County;
  • 28559, Nine Point Energy, pooling,
  • 28560, CLR, pooling,
  • 28561, RIM Operating, commingling;

September, 2020, NDIC Dockets Have Posted; Koda Resources With Three New Permits; Whiting Reports A Huge Alger Field Well -- August 20, 2020

September, 2020, dockets have been posted. I'll get to them later this evening. Link here.

Back To Today's Daily Activity Report

Active rigs:

Active Rigs1263585332

Three new permits, #37796 - #37798, inclusive:

  • Operator: Koda Resources Operating
  • Field: Hanks (Divide); Bar Butte (Divide); Fertile Valley (Divide)
  • Comments
    • Koda Resources has thirteen oil and gas permits in North Dakota (link here), including these three; and one SWD permit;
    • Koda Resources has three new permits for wells to be sited on the same pad in SWSW 34-160-102, Divide County; they are all 275' FSL and about 300" FEL; one Porter well will be in Hanks oil field; one Porter well will be in Bar Butte oil field; and, the Stout oil well will be in Fertile Valley oil field;

Nine permits were renewed:

  • Petroshale (6): a Bowie Federal (MB) permit; a Boone Federal (MB) permit; a Carson Federal (TF) permit; a Clark Federal (TF) permit; a Crockett Federal (TF) permit; and a Lewis Federal (MB) permit, all in McKenzie County, all in NWNW 30-149-95;
  • Resource Energy Can-Am (3): a Grays State permit; a Curtis permit; and, a Marshall permit, all in Divide County;

One producing well (a DUC) was reported as completed:

  • 36235, SI/A, Whiting, Lindseth 11-1HU, API: 33-061-04437, Alger, t--; cum 182K 6/20; two 32K month; one 37K month; a big well;

Notes From All Over -- The Mid-Day Edition -- August 20, 2020

Big story of the day: Apple quietly acquired Israel's Camerai, formerly Tipit, a specialist in AR and camera tech. Link here.

Sometime between 2018 and 2019, the iPhone giant reportedly acquired and shut down Camerai, an augmented reality and computer vision company based out of Israel, which used to be called Tipit.Calcalist said that the startup sold for several tens of millions of dollars. 
From being founded in 2015, Camerai had raised around $5 million — including a $2.5 million round in 2017 and another unreported $2.5 million in 2018. 
It seems that the acquisition came on the heels of multiple approaches from a number of companies at a time when AR was arguably at a peak of hype and many big tech companies wanted a piece of the action. (Recall that 2018 was the year when Magic Leap raised nearly $1 billion in a single round of funding.) 
Back in 2018, we heard rumors that those approaching and looking at the startup included Apple, Samsung, and Alibaba. 
The Calcalist report said that Camerai employees joined Apple’s computer vision team, and that the company’s technology has been incorporated into Apple products already. It’s not clear specifically where and when, but recall that both iOS 13 and iOS 14 have featured big software updates to the camera.

The market, what a huge turnaround! Very, very negative pre-market and at the open, all three indices are not green, and AAPL is within two dimes of hitting another "decade": $470/share.

Battle royale: Lyft will suspend operations in California at midnight tonight, 11:59 p.m., Thursday, August 20, 2020. All eyes are on Uber. Thousands of drivers will lose any income they might have had. Thousands will lose income that kept food on the table. Watch for domestic violence to increase with these unemployed (mostly) men home with nothing to do. Not even any decent sports.

Other stocks I like to follow for various reasons:

  • UNP: down quite a bit over the past two days, is still negative but barely and is now trading above $190 again;
  • IMUX: down almost 4%;
  • SRE: down 1.4%
  • PFE: up 0.64%; trading at $38.51;
  • JNJ: up a bit, trading at $151 in round numbers;

A Closer Look At A Whiting Fladeland Three Forks Well -- August 20, 2020

Disclaimer: in a long note like this there will be typographical and content errors. If this is important to you, got to the source.

The well:

  • 35872, AL/NC, Whiting, Fladeland 13-10TFH, Sanish, t--; cum 49K 6/20; fracked with 8. 5 million gallons of water (moderate frack; typical of what we're seeing in the Bakken now); 88.4% water by mass, also typical in the Bakken right now; the Fladeland wells are tracked here;

File report, selected data:

  • spud: May 15, 2019
  • cease drilling: May 24, 2019
  • TD: 10,273.44' TVD
  • target: Three Forks, not otherwise specified;
  • mudlogging services began: 7:05 a.m. CDT, May 17, 2020
  • KOP reached: 5:30 a.m. CDT, May 18, 2019 (less than a day to drill the vertical)
  • lateral: resumed drilling at 2:45 a.m., May 20, 2019
    • target window: 10' thick (about a third of the thickness seen for middle Bakken targets (?); set 17' below the base of the lower Bakken formation; if the target was mid-formation, then thickness of Three Forks here was about 34' -- about the same as the middle Bakken;
    • oscillated along the target window; then this: "... at this point in the wellbore that the wellbore dropped down to the base of the Three forks package and rubbed shoulders with the aquitard for a brief 150' of section before getting pointed back up towards the target window again."
    • continued to "bob up and down from the center of the target window
    • a trip made at 10:15 p.m. May 21, 2019, resumed drilling at 12:25 p.m. May 22, 2019;
    • again, oscillating along the target:
    • another trip required for a failed mud motor, 4:00 a.m. May 23, 2019; drilling resumed at 7:10 p.m. May 23, 2019;
  • cease drilling at 3:25 a.m. CDT, May 24, 2019;
  • so, lateral started at 2:45 a.m. CDT, May 20, 2019, reaching TD at 3:25 a.m. CDT, May 24, 2019, but required two trips, and probably about 36 hours of delay; about 2.5 days drilling time
  • so, again, about a day to drill the vertical; twelve hours to drill the curve; and two to three days to drill the lateral; compare with 30 - 60 days in the early days of the boom; no wonder oil services companies like Schlumberger and Halliburton struggling financially;


PoolDateDaysBBLS OilRunsBBLS WaterMCF ProdMCF SoldVent/Flare

Notes From All Over -- August 20, 2020


11:47 a.m. CDT: Apple quietly acquired Israel's Camerai, formerly Tipit, a specialist in AR and camera tech. Link here. And, here.

Original Post

AMC: to re-open 100 theaters today.

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Markets: on down days for the market like this it will be interesting to see what these stocks do:

  • AAPL: at opening, held; up 17 cents; now up, $1.10; now, up $1.65 -- an hour into trading AAPL "surges" -- up another $5.37  /share; up 1.16%; this is going to drive the GE/NBC/CNBC talking heads nuts; after all, the P/E is 35 (compare TSLA at 978; paying dividends; and no announced buybacks); and the market cap for Apple is $2.003 trillion;
    • AMZN: P/E - 125; no dividend;
  • JNJ: at opening, down very, very slightly;
  • UNP: at opening, down, now trading below $190;
  • SRE: at opening, down a dollar;
  • XLNX: at opening, down a dollar; 

Early morning:

  • Dow cuts early losses, now down only 21 points; wow, what a turnaround;
  • NASDAQ: up 24 points; wow;
  • S&P 500: absolutely flat; could be green before the day is over;

Summertime Sadness: Drilled Wells, Completions: New Lows; DUCs: New Highs -- August 20, 2020


A reader sent me a spreadsheet of the number of wells drilled, completed, and drilled/not completed (DUCs) on a monthly basis from December, 2013, through July, 2020, and including six oil and gas shale basins and one region in the continental US.

His analysis:

  • July, 2020 saw a new low for completions and wells drilled.

It was not feasible to post the entire spreadsheet of all six basins and one region on the blog, but I have produced the data for the two basins that interest me the most: the Bakken and the Permian. Note: in the spreadsheet below, the gap between the end of 2014 and the beginning of 2017. As usual, there may be typographical and/or content errors. If I find them, I will correct them later:













Dec 13



Jan 14







July 14







Dec 14







Jan 17







July 17







Dec 17







Jan 18







Jul 18







Dec 18







Jan 19







Jul 19







Dec 19







Jan 20







July 20








  • DUCs in the Permian have surged between 2013 and 2020;
  • DUCs in the Bakken have remained fairly constant, in comparison, though roughly doubling since 2013;
  • part of this is due to the fact that the NDIC doubled the length of time, from one year to two years, that a well could "go" without being completed;
  • rates:
  • January, 2017: annual rate, drilled wells: 756; number of DUCs: 811: think about that; ratio, rounded: 1
  • July, 2020: annual rate, drilled wells: 240; number of DUCs; 902; ratio, rounded: 4
  • anecdotally, it appears that operators shut in 80% of Bakken wells in May and June, 2020; July, 2020, data not yet available;
  • natural gas production in the Bakken surges; the Bakken is not a natural gas play; occurred despite very, very little drilling and almost no completions;

Summertime Sadness

Best social media line:  Lana del Rey should be a sexual orientation.

What a great visual of driving down the California coast. Hunter S. Thompson would have loved it.

Summertime Sadness, Lana Del Rey

Sophia Second Day Of School -- August 20, 2020


Mask by Kathy.

You have no idea how excited Sophia was to get this mask and another, made especially for her by Kathy, and made child-size so it would fit her perfectly. We immediately put both masks in her backpack to take to school.


It will be fun to continue wearing these masks when we visit our local bank when the pandemic is long forgotten. Something tells me they will be frowned upon. But, hey, seasonal flu comes around every year.

New Reporting Method For The NDIC? -- August 20, 2020


12:06 p.m. CDT: this is very interesting. Readers have been very, very helpful. In fact, "AL" is routinely used here (see original post), but generally that appears after the operator has reported an IP.

What caught me off guard with the well in the original post was the fact that no IP has yet been provided. So, by most readers' opinion, this is nothing unusual. 

For me it was. This is what I expected to see when "AL" or "F" was provided under "completion data":

Note that in the above examples, perforations, dates, and spacing are included. In the scout ticket below, the method of extraction is provided ("AL") but we don't see perforations, dates, and/or spacing. The data above tells me that the well is off the confidential list. I can't tell from the scout ticket below whether it's still on the confidential list or not. The well file associated with the scout ticket in the original post (below) shows it as still confidential, but #35872 is not on the confidential list

This is all incredibly trivial but for some of us it is important. Discussion closed. Time to move on. Life is short.

Original Post

From the NDIC scout tickets:

NFL arrest tracker: link here. Huge "thank you" / shout out to a reader.  

Why does it not surprise me, with all that is going on in Minneapolis, that the Minnesota Vikings lead the pack? LOL. Disorderly conduct (oh, give me a break); drugs; and, domestic violence are top reasons for arrests. Good news for these guys: defunding police will leave a lot of "domestic violence 911 calls" unanswered. I've always said, if something doesn't make sense, google it or follow the money.

Speaking of football, the big fumble. As college football games vanish, so do their millions. The WSJ

This is going to be a huge story before it's all over. A year from now, college and university administrators are going to be asking, what were we thinking? 

Canceling college football will not change anything with regard to Covid-19; in fact, the case has been made, that without a doubt, things will actually get worse, with the tens of thousands of young men with a propensity for violence now without any adult supervision (and I use the term loosely -- think Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky). But I digress. Back to the linked story:

When college sports shut down because of the coronavirus pandemic last spring, university athletic departments started trimming expenses like they were peeling an apple. Now that the Big Ten and Pac-12 conferences have postponed the fall season entirely, budgets could be slashed to the core.

Many departments in those conferences, and others that are now postponing fall sports, had already laid off staff and reduced salaries. Stanford eliminated entire teams, citing financial strain, exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic.

Without football, they’re now looking at radical changes to how they run college sports, and some are considering borrowing tens of millions of dollars to make ends meet. The pain will expand to the rest of college football’s giants if the Southeastern, Atlantic Coast and Big 12 conferences ultimately postpone football as well.

Oregon, the reigning Pac-12 football champion and philanthropic darling of alumnus and Nike co-founder Phil Knight, is looking at an unprecedented revenue drop. The Ducks could lose $50 million of a projected athletics budget of up to $130 million for the upcoming year, athletic director Rob Mullens said. That could rise to as much as $80 million if the postponed games aren’t played in the spring.

The schools collectively have a lot to lose. Pac-12 athletic departments generated a total of $1.3 billion in revenue in 2018-19, according to the U.S. Department of Education. Big Ten athletic departments generated almost $1.9 billion. Football accounts for the bulk, if not the overwhelming majority, of athletic revenue at most of those schools.

Stanford announced before the loss of 2020 football games that it was cutting 11 varsity sports at the end of the coming academic year to manage an anticipated $25 million deficit on a budget of nearly $120 million—due partly to the pandemic, and partly to longer-term financial woes.

And that's the bigger story: colleges and universities will use the Covid-19 pandemic as "cover" to eliminate Title IX-mandated programs that were losing huge amounts of money. 

The first "volunteers" to take the coronavirus vaccine: college football players.

Not that I care, but is anyone even watching the DNC convention? My wife is but that's about it. Please don't respond, it was a rhetorical question for the archives. 

The Literature Page 

Anemospilia: somehow that looks like a deviant sexual fetish. Whatever. Link here. Minoan Crete. 

Minoan sealstones or seal-stones. Wiki link here.

Bakken Natural Gas Production Surges -- RBN Energy -- August 20, 2020

First things first: Xilinx to supply chips for new Subaru vehicle, Grovel spelled backwards. Are you kidding me? Huge, and XLNX up 0.6% in pre-market trading. Go XLNX! First good news for XLNX in a long time.

Disclaimer: this is not an investment site.  Do not make any investment, financial, job, career, travel, or relationship decisions based on what you read here or think you may have read here.

An a-ha! I think one of the reasons investors/traders don't talk about their biggest investing/trading mistakes is because the "rest of the story" is never told. I can kick myself for not holding certain investments through the pandemic, but such discussions fail to take into account what I bought instead. Some of my new positions have been more than stellar, and I bet that's true for many folks who lament having sold off some of their previous holdings.

Geico Rock Award nominee: Steven Liesman notes that the pandemic is hitting mom-and-pop retail really, really bad. That was also the discussion in the swimming pool last night: mom-and-pop retail may not be able to hold on much longer, and with another lock down advocated by the Biden/Harris campaign will be the final nail in that coffin. Geico Rock Award nominees for 2020 are tracked here.

ZeroHedge was on a roll overnight:

  • Saudi Arabia embraces Israel-UAE peace deal; amazing, all the things Trump accomplished in less than four years, despite impeachment efforts, constant media lies and fake news;
  • bait-and-switch: from "flattening to the curve" to "not one single death" to "cases count, not deaths"
  • toeing the line: Sweden refuses to mandate masks; Nordic neighbors re-impose restrictions;
  • the vaccine, a fool's errand: Covid-19 pandemic is rolling over; number of US hospitalizations declining at rate of 1% per day; but having said that, Bill Gate is going to really, really, really get rich on this; but that's fine;

Chicago: apparently pandemic hasn't affected government employees yet; but without bailout, mayor threatens furloughs and layoffs;

Biggest non-story of the week: rolling blackouts in southern California. Didn't amount to a hill of beans in the big scheme of things, and entirely preventable. 

Didn't see this coming: world's largest offshore rig owner by fleet size, Valaris Plc, files for bankruptcy. Seeks to offload $7 billion in debt.

OPEC basket, link here: $45.19.

Back to the Bakken

Active rigs:

Active Rigs1263585332

Three wells coming off the confidential list -- Thursday, August 20, 2020: 59 for the month; 130 for the quarter, 576 for the year:

  • 37077, drl/NC, BR, Cleofill, 1E, Croff, no production data,
  • 36541, drl/NC, XTO, Marilyn 21X-23A, Capa, no production data,
  • 35872, AL/NC, Whiting, Fladeland 13-10TFH, Sanish, t--; cum 49K 6/20;

The Fladeland wells are tracked here.

RBN Energy: Bakken gas production rebounds, but will it last?


Bakken associated gas production volume, after falling to its lowest levels in three years in early May and remaining depressed through June, has surged by 500 MMcf/d, or about 45%, in the past month and a half to 1.7 Bcf/d. 
However, the gains have occurred in the absence of a meaningful change in rig counts or well completion activity, which remains sluggish
Similar to the Permian, the Bakken production recovery has been almost entirely driven by existing wells returning to service after being shut in earlier this year in response to the oil price collapse. With little in the way of new drilling and completion activity, how long will it be before natural declines of existing wells begin to take a toll on Bakken output? Today, we examine prospects for continued strength in Bakken gas production volumes.

I think the bigger story, here, is profitability for the oil companies. Read that again:

Natural gas production surged 45% in the past month.   

However, the gains have occurred in the absence of a meaningful change in rig counts or well completion activity, which remains sluggish

Huge story. Rigs don't matter. Now, even frack spreads didn't matter. Wow. 

The other big story line: the Bakken is not a natural gas play. 

New record low for well completions and wells drilled in the Permian and the Bakken, Focus on Fracking.

Gasoline Demand Flat For Fifth Consectuve Week -- August 20, 2020

 Link here.