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  • Snuffing flares - 04/20/2014 (Full story) Regulators are hopeful that excessive natural gas flaring will soon be a thing of the past in North Dakota. At a public hearing scheduled for April 22, the Mineral Resources director will listen to comments regarding production curtailment to reduce flaring in order to then draft an order to be vote....

  • Slawson infills Big Bend - 04/20/2014 (Full story) Slawson Exploration filed applications requesting authorization to drill multiple horizontal Bakken pool wells on 81 spacing units in the Big Bend field which the North Dakota Industrial Commission will consider during monthly hearings scheduled for April 23 and 24. While other operators submitted a....

  • Harper under fire on XL - 04/20/2014 (Full story) Any thoughts Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper held that he could sit back while President Barack Obama fielded the slings and arrows of anger over Keystone XL are being dashed. Suddenly, Harper finds himself under siege from a former prime minister, a former federal cabinet minister and a curr....

  • Canada's Transport Minister pondering unilateral rail action - 04/20/2014  Canada is better placed to move separately from the United States to eliminate the use of older crude tanker cars that carry much of the blame for the deadly rail crash in Quebec last summer, Transport Minister Lisa Raitt said. She told reporters that although the rail industry is widely integrated....

  • Oil production in ND held firm with Mother Nature in February - 04/20/2014  For the second straight month, North Dakota oil production gained back some of the nearly 50,000 barrels per day loss that occurred in December. Preliminary data released by the Department of Mineral Resources, DMR, Oil and Gas Division put February production at 951,340 bpd. While an increase of ap....

  • ND Petroleum Council task force takes on right-of-way challenges - 04/20/2014  Obtaining easements is cited as the biggest challenge in the oil industry's effort to move product while reducing truck traffic and flaring in North Dakota. It's why a right-of-way, ROW, task force has been formed to address the issue and find some solutions. As a spin-off of the North Dakota Petrol....

  • Downspacing could double well locations - 04/20/2014  If its downspacing pilot bears fruit, Abraxas Petroleum Corp. “will double its well locations,” Robert Watson, Abraxas president and chief executive officer said in an April 7 presentation at the IPAA OGIS New York conference. “The Bakken is a very high rate of return project for us,” Watson said. “....

  • Oasis asks NDIC to create 31 new 2,560s - 04/20/2014  Among the applications for new drill spacing units that the North Dakota Industrial Commission will consider during a hearing on April 23 and 24 are requests from Oasis Petroleum seeking creation of 31 new overlapping 2,560-acre spacing units spread across six oil fields in Mountrail and Williams co....

  • Economic benefits of long laterals - 04/20/2014  Newfield Exploration is stretching itself in the Bakken. The company is using super-extended 10,000-foot laterals, which result in less surface disturbance with more common facilities on one pad using less truck traffic, all of which make for better well economics. “The economics are better because....

  • Zavanna expands capital with GSO partnership - 04/20/2014  With core areas of the Williston Basin as its target, Denver-based Zavanna has partnered with GSO Capital Partners to acquire and develop some key upstream assets. The 20-year-old independent oil and gas company announced on April 9 that it has teamed up with GSO, a division of Blackstone, a leading....

  • A look at ‘quiet title', probate issues in ND - 04/20/2014  Quiet titles” have been appearing in county records as more parties attempt to avoid layers of old probates in North Dakota. Typically quiet title actions for surface interests include an abstract and title report, which are then filed with the judge. In these probate hybrid quiet title actions, the....

  • Continental moves back to #1 producer spot - 04/20/2014  After being upstaged by Hess Corp. as the top Bakken producer in North Dakota in December and January, Continental Resources took top billing back in February with an average daily Bakken production of 85,386 barrels per day for operated, non-confidential wells according to preliminary data released....


  • Montana well permits and completions - 04/20/2014  Subscribers: To view the "Montana well permits and completions" chart please visit the above PDF link.....

  • North Dakota oil permit activity - 04/20/2014  Subscribers: To view the "North Dakota oil permit activity" chart please visit the above PDF link.....

  • IPs for ND Bakken wells - 04/20/2014  Subscribers: To view the "IPs for ND Bakken wells" chart please visit the above PDF link. ....

  • North Dakota Pipeline Authority - 04/20/2014  Subscribers: To view the "North Dakota Pipeline Authority" monthly updates please visit the above PDF link.....

  • North Dakota Bakken oil production by company - 04/20/2014  Subscribers: To view the "North Dakota Bakken oil production by company" chart please visit the above PDF link.....

  • North Dakota well operator transfers - 04/20/2014  Subscribers: To view the "North Dakota well operator transfers" chart please visit the above PDF link.....

  • Top 50 North Dakota Bakken oil producers - 04/20/2014  Subscribers: To view the "Top 50 North Dakota Bakken oil producers" chart please visit the above PDF link.....

  • Continental looks to pay for flared gas - 04/20/2014  Continental Resources submitted applications with the North Dakota Industrial Commission in April asking the commission to issue orders that determine the amount of royalties and taxes owed on the natural gas flared from a number of its Williston Basin wells. Under NDIC rules, natural gas can be fla....

  • Cameras catch illegal saltwater dumping - 04/20/2014  A Wyoming-based trucking company is facing criminal charges and possible fines of over $1 million for illegally dumping saltwater in Williams County. Black Hills Trucking of Casper, Wyo., is alleged to have violated multiple environmental sections of the North Dakota Administrative Code by allowing....

  • Pipelines gain as Brent/WTI spread shrinks - 04/20/2014  Pipelines continued to gain back Williston Basin crude oil export market share in February by picking up four market share points and accounting for 25 percent of crude leaving the basin. Railroads, on the other hand, lost five market share points in February accounting for 67 percent of Williston B....

  • Oil Patch Bits: NDPC hires consultant to assist with grant proposals - 04/20/2014  The North Dakota Petroleum Council has hired Habitat Unlimited, a habitat development and consulting firm located in Bismarck, N.D., to provide habitat development and professional grant writing assistance to wildlife chapters that wish to apply for grants available through the Outdoor Heritage Fund....


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