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  • Fine-tuning the Bakken - 09/28/2014 (Full story) The Bakken has some stiff competition, and various factors could be detrimental to the fate of production in North Dakota. Infrastructure and workforce challenges, falling oil prices, and many more states to drill throughout the U.S. are top concerns for the industry and government leaders. Dr. Lor....

  • Riverbed fight goes on - 09/28/2014 (Full story) As Petroleum News Bakken has reported in the past two editions, the state of North Dakota and the federal government have staked claim to various land and mineral rights along the Missouri River which has resulted in many ownership disputes. Though the state is at odds with the federal Bureau of Lan....

  • No milestone to celebrate - 09/28/2014 (Full story) In line with TransCanada predictions, budget estimates for Keystone XL have almost doubled to $10 billion and the clock keeps running down to a Doomsday point as the 45 Republicans in the U.S. Senate delivered a blunt message to President Barack Obama to meet his commitments on the pipeline. The sen....

  • Continental revises estimate of recoverable Bakken system oil - 09/28/2014  During its 2014 investor and analyst conference on Sept. 18, Continental Resources announced it has revised upward by two- to three-fold its estimate of the volume of recoverable oil in the Bakken petroleum system based on the company's reassessment of both original oil in place, OOIP, and the overa....

  • Daniels County acres back on Montana auction nominations list - 09/28/2014  The 9,994 acres that were first nominated and then pulled from the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation, DNRC, September oil and gas lease auction, have again been nominated, now for the December auction. Those acres are spread among 28 tracts across central and northeast Daniels....

  • Shifting ND's revenue balance - 09/28/2014  Senate Majority Leader Rich Wardner and several other western North Dakota Republican legislators revealed a proposed bill which would more than double the revenue provided to oil and gas producing counties. On Sept. 24, the leaders announced a proposed formula change to the 5 percent oil and gas g....

  • Vitesse picks up WI in 19,000 Bakken acres - 09/28/2014  Colorado-based Vitesse Energy is acquiring a working interest in more than 19,000 Williston Basin acres and approximately 600 wells from Houston-based EnerVest Operating in a deal valued at $186.5 million, subject to customary post-closure adjustments. The acquisition, announced on Sept. 16, was sig....

  • Making crude oil transport safer - 09/28/2014  The North Dakota Industrial Commission's Oil and Gas Division heard testimony from about 20 people on Sept. 23 at a special hearing to address the transportation safety and marketability of crude oil. The commission will consider amending field rules to require oil conditioning of the state's light,....

  • Continental's completion tests uplifting - 09/28/2014  Over the past year, Continental Resources has been experimenting extensively with various completion techniques in the Williston Basin, and those experiments are coming in with some very positive results. Continental says it has had more well completion tests than any other operator in the basin by....

  • Jury awards $1 million to plaintiff - 09/28/2014  Deadwood Canyon Ranch, LLP, filed in Mountrail County state court against Fidelity Exploration and Development for breach of contract and requested damages as a result of wells drilled on its property Oct. 19, 2010. The lawsuit was removed to U.S. District Court in Bismarck, North Dakota. ....


  • Oasis takes top ND IP spot - 09/28/2014  Oasis Petroleum took the top initial production, IP, spot for the week in North Dakota's Bakken petroleum system, as well as second and sixth place with wells in the Camp field in McKenzie County. Qasis' top well came in at 3,489 barrels of oil in the first 24 hours on production. QEP Energy also ha....

  • IPs for ND Bakken wells - 09/28/2014  Subscribers: To view the "IPs for ND Bakken wells" chart please visit the above PDF link.....

  • North Dakota oil permit activity - 09/28/2014  Subscribers: To view the "North Dakota oil permit activity" chart please visit the above PDF link.....

  • ND weekly county permit totals - 09/28/2014  Subscribers: To view the "ND weekly county permit totals" chart please visit the above PDF link.....

  • Top 10 Bakken wells by IP rate - 09/28/2014  Subscribers: To view the "Top 10 Bakken wells by IP rate" chart please visit the above PDF link.....

  • BLM permitting program extended - 09/28/2014  With hopes of cutting some red tape and making federal permitting more efficient for North Dakota's oil producers, the U.S. Senate has passed a bill cosponsored by North Dakota Sen. John Hoeven that will make permanent a Bureau of Land Management, BLM, pilot permitting office in Sidney, Montana. The....

  • Continental appoints new president, COO - 09/28/2014  Continental Resources Inc. has chosen longtime senior executive Jack H. Stark to become its new president and chief operating officer. Stark succeeds W.F. “Rick” Bott, who resigned Sept. 10 to pursue other opportunities. Stark, 59, joined Oklahoma City-based Continental in 1992 and has served as t....

  • Legacy Reserves likes to avoid single scope - 09/28/2014  Midland, Texas-based Legacy Reserves shared its distinctive structure with analysts at the IPAA's 2014 Oil and Gas Investment Symposium in San Francisco on Sept. 22. Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Dan Westcott explained that the master limited partnership is focused on long-liv....

  • Samson O&G's op taps TF in Stockyard Creek - 09/28/2014  Australia-based Samson Oil and Gas has two wells producing from the first bench of the Three Forks formation in its Slawson Exploration-operated North Stockyard project in Williams County, North Dakota, the company said in a Sept. 22 update. The Bootleg 4-14-15TFH, which has a lateral length of 7,21....

  • Oneok Partners to build natural gas processing plant in NW Dunn County - 09/28/2014  Tulsa-based Oneok Partners is planning to build another gas processing facility in the Williston Basin. The 80 million cubic-feet-per-day Bear Creek plant will be in northwest Dunn County, North Dakota, and will process natural gas from the Bakken petroleum system, the company said Sept. 22. The cos....


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