Friday, July 9, 2021

North Dakota Pipeline Carrying One-Third Of Bakken Production Remains At Risk -- July 9, 2021

Could Judge Boasberg be assigned another North Dakota pipeline case? 

Update on the Tesoro High Plains crude oil pipeline now owned by Marathon Petroleum Corporation. 

Link to the Williston Herald.

Back to square one.

Marathon had shut the line partially down after an order from the Bureau of Indian Affairs, amid claims that the pipeline has been trespassing on Native American land for seven years. Marathon was also fined $187 million in damages in connection with that decision, which the Trump administration later reduced to $4 million. [And there's the rub. LOL.]

The Biden administration, however, reviewed the decisions and vacated all of them, amid due process concerns. They sent the matter back to the regional director, with instructions to provide a full and fair opportunity for all parties to be heard — basically, square one.

Marathon, meanwhile, filed suit against the government, accusing it of violating the Administrative Procedure Act for vacating the orders without any of the required notice, as well as violating Fifth Amendment due process rights.

Week 27: July 4, 2021 -- July 10, 2021

Top story:

Top international non-energy story:

Top international energy story:

Top national non-energy story:

Top national energy story:

Top North Dakota non-energy story

Top North Dakota energy story:

Geoff Simon's top North Dakota energy stories:

  • Quick connects.
  • North Dakota sues federal government over lease ban;
  • State leaders thrilled with Rainbow Energy Center's announcement to purchase and to continue to operate Coal Creek Station
  • Oasis Midstream Partners announces open season on a proposed Johnson's Corner Gathering System Project
  • 12th annual Bakekn Rocks Cookfest; July 13, Arnegard; and July 15, Mohall

Bakken 101:



Wells being brought back on line with higher prices:




Bakken economy:


Ovintiv With Two New Permits; Thirteen Permits Renewed -- July 9, 2021

WTI: up 2.22% today; up $1.62; trading at $74.56.

Back to the Bakken

Active rigs:

Active Rigs2311576556

Two new permits, #38418 - #38419, inclusive:

  • Operator: Ovintiv
  • Field:South Tobacco Garden (McKenzie)
  • Comments:
    • Ovintiv (Newfield) has permits for two Bernice wells in SESE 20-150-99 (lots of typos in the daily activity report);
    • the wells will be sited between 471 FSL and 491 FSL and 656 FEL
    • note: the wells heads are sited 20 feet apart, which appears to be a new record;

Thirteen permits renewed:

  • BR (5): one Sanmuri permit and four Muri permits, all in McKenzie County
  • CLR (4): two Charleston permits and two Olympia permits, all in Williams County
  • Nine Point Energy (2): two Gibbins permits in Williams County
  • EOG (2): two Burke permits in Mountrail County;

Wells To Watch: Equinor's Marcia Wells And Equinor's Jake Wells

The Marcia wells:

  • 22454, 3,634, Equinor, Marcia 3-10 1H, Last Chance, t8/12; cum 307K 5/21;
  • 22453, 2,622, Equinor, Marcia 3-10 2TFH, Last Chance, t8/12; cum 262K 5/21;
  • 36037, SI/NC, Equinor, Marcia 3-10 5H, Last Chance, first production, --; t--; cum --;
  • 36036, SI/NC, Equinor, Marcia 3-10 6H, Last Chance, first production, --; t--; cum --;
  • 36783, SI/NC, Equinor, Marcia 3-10 7H, Last Chance, first production, --; t--; cum --;
  • 36087, PNC, Equinor, Marcia 3-10 7HPNC, Last Chance,
  • 36088 PNC, Equinor, Marcia 3-10 8TFH, Last Chance,
  • 22631 3,201, Equinor, Marcia 3-10 3H, Last Chance, t2/13; cum 266K 5/19; off line 5/19; remains off line 5/21;
  • 22632, AB/2,440, Equinor, Marcia 3-10 4TFH, Last Chance, t2/13; cum 224K 5/19; off line line 5/`9; remains off line 5/21;

The Jake wells:

  • 23557, AB/3,606, Equinor, Jake 2-11 1H, Last Chance, t7/13; cum 248K 1/19; off line1/19; remains off line 5/21;
  • 23558, AB/2,320, Equinor, Jake 2-11 2TFH, Last Chance, t7/13; cum 219K 1/9; off line 1/19; remains off line 5/21;
  • 23546, IA/2,328, Equinor, Jake 2-11 3TFH, Last Chance, t11/13; cum 241K 11/20; off line 11/20; remains off line 5/21;
  • 23547, IA/2,541, Equinor, Jake 2-11 4H, Last Chance, t11/13; cum 6/20; off line 6/20; remains off line 5/21;
  • 24008, 2,430, Equinor, Jake 2-11 5TFH, Last Chance, t11/13; cum 182K 5/21;
  • 24007, IA/3,315, Equinor, Jake 2-11 6H, Last Chance. t11/13; cum 240K 10/20; offline 10/20; remains off line 5/21;
  • 36692, SI/NC, Equinor, Jake 2-11F 7H, Last Chance, first production, --; t--; cum --;
  • 36219, SI/NC, Equinor, Jake 2-11F 8H, Last Chance, first production, --; t--; cum --;

36218, SI/NC, Equinor, Jake 2-11F XW 1H, Last Chance, first production, --; t--; cum --;

Apple In Early Talks To Acquire NFL's SNF -- July 9, 2021

We recently discontinued our monthly subscription to Spectrum television. We moved to "Hulu" and the Amazon Fire TV Stick. It was my wife's idea to move to "Hulu" and my idea to purchase a "fire stick." 

Wow, every day, I thank my wife for "Hulu" and I love the fire stick. An unbeatable combination.

Because of this, I have become quite interested in streaming and the current and coming "war" among Amazon, Apple, Disney, and Google with regard to streaming. There are others, but the others will be absorbed by the former. 

Amazon and Roku seem to have similar business models; both are gateways to streaming across the entire streaming universe. It doesn't requite a rocket scientist to figure out who wins that contest (Amazon  vs Roku).  

Google owns YouTube TV which is sponsoring the NBA finals. YouTube TV and Hulu are direct competitors and for newbies, those are really the only two options in this arena. My brother-in-law and his tech-savvy son prefer YouTube TV to Hulu and have YouTube TV out at the Montana house. 

Google is a bit like Amazon and may indeed be Amazon's toughest competitor before it's all over, but that's well down the road. But again, Google and Amazon have different business models.

Disney (which owns Hulu), Apple, and a host of others are simply providing content,. Apple does have "hardware" but somehow that hardware seems not to be working for folks like me. 

Amazon's hardware, about two inches by one inch costs about $50; Apple's hardware is "laptop" in size and thousands of dollars. It's the only piece of the Apple ecosystem that seems to be both within and without, to paraphrase a line from The Great Gatsby

Of the four, Apple is lagging, and needs "a lot" if it wants to remain relevant with regard to streaming. Their Apple TV+ is still free. I subscribe to Apple TV+ but "never" watch it, except to see what might be playing. 

All four have very, very deep pockets, but of the four, Amazon seems to have the best business model. 

Apple's most recent big mistake: losing the MGM catalogue to Amazon. 

And then, this: Amazon recently (previously posted) bought the rights to the NFL's Thursday night game. TNF is "broken." Of all the NFL games it has the lowest ratings. Fox ended its relationship one year earlier than planned to give Amazon the opportunity to get inside the NFL door. Some folks have written me to tell me that Amazon's purchase of TNF was a mistake. I disagree. Amazon has very deep pockets and they will make Thursday Night Football work. And even if it doesn't, it adds "bragging rights" for Amazon and is another arrow in Amazon's Prime Video quiver. Love it. 

[In fact, re-reading this post: another story line. Apple and Amazon may be the last two standing when this is all over -- the "streaming wars." Amazon won the first NFL battle, getting TNF, but Apple could very well win the NFL war if it acquires SNF.]

So, now we get this story today. 

Apple is in early talks to buy rights to NFL's Sunday Ticket games


The NFL is not the NBA.

Apple needs this.

If Apple succeeds, I can hardly wait for the fireworks to begin: SNF and TNF. Apple vs Amazon. 

It's going to be huge. 

Hunch: Dallas Cowboys own Thursday night. Other than the Super Bowl, is the number one NFL game Thanksgiving Day which is owned by Dallas.

Remember the CBS Thursday night line-up year ago? My hunch: Amazon does. And so do the Cowboys. 

Jerry Jones. Tim Cook. Roger Goodell. I would love to be a fly on the wall.

Maybe more if one needs more to see why this works. Quick: name the only professional sport Americans -- in general -- are eager to watch.

Flathead Lake

NDIC Hearing Dockets, August, 2021

Link here

The NDIC hearing dockets are tracked 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.

Thursday, August 12, 2021
(link here)

These are cases, not permits:

  • 28848, Red Trail Energy, geologic storage of CO2 from the Red Trail Energy facility in Stark County; Red Trail intends to capture CO2 from their ethanol plant and sequester it in the Broom Creek Formation.
  • 28849, Red Trail Energy, pore space, see case #28848;
  • 28850, Red Trail Energy, financial responsibility, see case #28848

Wind Energy: What An Utter Failure -- PowerLine -- July 9, 2021

From PowerLine, more evidence of the uselessness of wind energy:

Solar: 11% of 12% = 1%
Wood: 18% of 12% = 2% -- wood, twice that of solar and almost as much as wind
Wind: 26% of 12% = 3%

 At least 60 percent of the time, wind turbines producing no electricity.

Look how many days wind energy approached zero MW production

And then, look at this: all those unsightly wind turbines producing just 0.17% of their potential output. That's 0.17% -- not 17%, not 1.7%, but 0.17%. Hardly even measurable.

California And Energy: Think About It -- July 9, 2021

Renewable energy is useless:


  • shut down their nuclear plants;
  • some California cities banning new natural gas hook-ups;
  • out-of-state coal mines providing California electricity shut down;
  • fracking banned (not that it would have worked in California anyway);
  • the state relying on wind, solar, and hydroelectricity
  • and now, hydroelectricity looks as dependable as wind and solar
  • Californians being asked to voluntarily cut water usage by 15% -- sure, that will work;
  • Governor Newsom can't mandate this: he's facing a recall election.

Notes From All Over -- The "Woke" Issue -- July 9, 2021

Earlier post here.

Now this: the bad news continues to come in. Forbes. Tanked again. Outkick.

Notes From All Over -- The Energy Issue -- July 9, 2021

There are at least seven subjects with regard to energy that we could talk about today:

  • comparing Joe Biden and Jimmy Carter; spoiler alert: there is no comparison. Period. Dot.
  • renewable energy is useless: Minnesota, California, Texas, and the list goes on;
  • coal is dead! Long live coal.
  • peak oil demand is a "thing." Hardly.
  • the OPEC+ spat over production quotas;
  • the Mideast is getting noisy;
  • finally, what's going on with shale? No one seems to understand what's going on.

1. Comparing Joe Biden and Jimmy Carter:

  • Jimmy Carter: OPEC was in control of their destiny and OPEC knew it; inept president.
  • Joe Biden: OPEC is not in control of their destiny and OPEC knows it; inept president.

2. Renewable energy is useless:

3. Coal is dead! Long live coal:

  • coal output in US seen rising most since 1990 on global demand! Link here

4. Peak oil demand; proxy: US gasoline demand hits all-time high:

5. The OPEC+ spat:

6. The Mideast is getting noisy.

7. What's going on with shale? 

  • I have no idea -- that's because I don't follow the Permian very closely and follow other US shale plays even less; I know the Bakken pretty well -- I figure I know one percent of everything that's going on in the Bakken and based on twitter experts, that's about twice as much as what others know. 
  • the story over at twitter regarding US shale: DUCs
  • spoiler alert: folks don't understand the Bakken; DUCs are simply the tip of the iceberg, as they say.

Notes From All Over -- The Market Issue --July 9, 2021

Trading: two days ago, yes, the day before the market plummeted, I did so much trading on my Schwab account, I got a boiler-plate reminder from Schwab reminding me what their trading rules were. Schwab said they were monitoring my account but that they were taking no action to stop any trading. Interesting. I have no idea what that was all about but it certainly my attention. 

And then the market plummeted yesterday. Perfect timing. Has never happened before (to that extent) and unlikely to ever happen again.

1.6%. A month ago the CNBC talking heads were all concerned about the ten-year Treasury moving north of 1.6% and fears of inflation. Now, "experts" are saying yesterday's nosedive in the market was due to the ten-year Treasury falling below 1.3%. So, there you have it: we will have a perfect market if the ten-year Treasury stays between 1.299% and 1.699%. But outside those parameters and we're all doomed.

Doomed. Speaking of doom, I didn't tune in to CNBC at all yesterday. I never want to watch CNBC when the market is falling. They seem to do everything to try to make it sound worse than it really is. Yesterday, pre-market (and maybe early trading) the Dow was down over 500 points. Let's see 550 / 24,500 = 2.2%. By the end of the day, the market was down by less than one percent. But wow, all the articles posted yesterday about what this means -- the huge fall -- that we're all doomed. 

AAPL: I only checked in on two tickers yesterday and today. One of them as AAPL. Two days ago, AAPL hit an all-time high. Yesterday, in an omen that we are all doomed and the market will continue its fall, was down one or two percent. I forget. Today, I see AAPL is back up to another all-time high. Yes, we are all doomed.

Nonsense. This is an example of what I'm talking about -- we're all doomed. Link to Yahoo!Finance's anchor, editor-at-large, Brian Sozzi. What a bunch of nonsense 

 It's far from a market in turmoil, but a day after stocks touched record highs it is a market getting drilled with some valid fears. The Dow Jones Industrial Average tanked nearly 500 points in early afternoon trading Thursday as investors showed concern that the plunge in the 10-year Treasury yield was signaling an economic growth slowdown later this year. Driving that potentially dreaded macroeconomic slowdown would be two factors, traders reasoned. First, the Delta variant of COVID-19 that is sweeping across the world. And two, the Federal Reserve moving to taper its bond purchases before year end. Hence, the newly expressed concerns by traders on the ever-expanding valuations in many areas of the equities market today. 

So, there you have it. In three short paragraphs: we're all doomed and it's all because of the ten-year Treasury.

Let's see. What is the ten-year Treasury doing today? OMG, it's up 0.061, with a yield of 1.349%. That explains why the market is surging today. The ten-year Treasury is midway between 1.299% and 1.699%, and it reversed yesterday's trend on top of that.

Back To Twenty-Three Active Rigs; WTI Up Over Two Percent -- July 9, 2021

Nonsense. But this is where we will start. Link to Yahoo!Finance's anchor, editor-at-large, Brian Sozzi. What a bunch of nonsense

OPEC spat #54: what this one is all about. This is perhaps one of the best articles I've read on the subject. 

UNP: plummets; loses $10/share in one day. Biden upset with "monopoly-like" moats the regional railroads have. Link to The WSJ My hunch: Warren has already called Nancy Pelosi. They're close friends from way back.

Biden's deterioration: the meme seems to be getting louder and more frequent. I assume we will soon see an article in The NYT suggesting why that is not true.

How bad is the editing over at the NY Times: they misspelled Mrs. Clinton's first name and it was so bad, the newspaper put it in Corrections Section. Link here. Someone must have been thinking of Mt Everest.

US shale: on track for one of its best years ever. Link to Alex Kimani. Coming close to being nominated for a Geico Rock of the Year award. 

California drought: yes, it's a big deal. Links and stories everywhere. Probably not a lot of talk about fracking in California these days. 

NBA ratings: the bad news continues to come in. Forbes. Tanked again. Outkick.

Wind: more evidence of the uselessness of green energy. Over at PowerLine

Berlin: Tesla gigafactory faces another setback. Link to Tsvetana Paraskova

Chip shortage: Tesla increases Model S and Model X prices by $5,000. Link here

WTI: surges. up over two percent. Trading at $74.55.

Gasoline demand: this is a bigger story than most folks realize.  

Gasoline demand: and there's more to come.

Coal: coal output in US seen rising most since 1990 on global demand! Link here. See the McKinsey article that comes next  -- getting easy to start connecting the dots.

McKinsey: dream big. The world is about to enter a new age of prosperity. Great article. I said the very same thing on the blog some months ago. Covid-19 may not have been the "black swan" everybody says it's been. It may have been one of the best things to have happened since WWII. Will post again as a stand-alone post.

Back to the Bakken

Active rigs:

Active Rigs2311576556

One well coming off the confidential list -- Friday, July 9, 2021: 4 for the month, 4 for the quarter, 184 for the year:

  • 37401, drl/NC, CLR, Gale 10-32H1, Cedar Coulee, first production, --; t--; cum --;

RBN Energy: desert southwest natural gas basis is sizzling

Usually when we write about natural gas markets in the Western third of the U.S., we spotlight the Permian Basin and its Waha gas hub. The focus on Waha has been for good reason, as the last three years have been nothing if not exciting in the Permian’s primary gas market. 
The basin’s huge volume of associated gas production and Waha’s volatility and deeply negative basis — even negative absolute prices — have made the West Texas market eminently watchable. Though a flurry of new pipelines out of the Permian have helped tame the market somewhat recently and driven Waha to the point of positive basis on its best days, the markets west of the Permian are a different story. They have seen very little in the way of new gas infrastructure, and the constrained inbound pipeline capacity has recently driven prices in the Desert Southwest to some incredible premiums. In today’s blog, we take a look at the gas markets there.