Bakken Shale News http://bakkenshale.com Bakken Shale News, MarketPlace, Jobs Mon, 29 Jun 2015 18:20:05 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.2 Montana Considers Drilling Buffer http://bakkenshale.com/news/montana-considers-drilling-buffer/ http://bakkenshale.com/news/montana-considers-drilling-buffer/#respond Mon, 29 Jun 2015 18:17:56 +0000 http://bakkenshale.com/?p=7541 North Dakota Developments, LLC

Montana Considering Drilling Buffers

Montana’s  Board of Oil and Gas Conservation is considering a proposal that will require buffers zones around homes to protect them from oil and gas drilling.

Related: Dakota Access Pipeline Concerns

The board heard almost two hours of testimony last week from farmers, environmentalists and oil companies who all wanted a say in whether setbacks are necessary. Many raised concerns about wastewater dangers, noise and trash that from active wells pads.

Dale Nelson told local news agency that “The toxic smoke that comes out with a fire, there’s nothing you can do with it,” Nelson said. “Do you want your grandkids around something like that?”

The Northern Plains Resource Council is asking for a quarter-mile setback between well pads and inhabited buildings. This is much greater than the 500 feet required by neighboring states of North Dakota, Wyoming and Colorado.

Montana joins other local and state agencies faced with figuring out how to regulate drilling activities in light of health and environmental concerns. Recently the EPA released a controversial study saying that hydraulic fracking has very little impact on drinking water resources.

EPA Finds Little Risk to Drinking Water from Fracking

Read more at dnrc.mt.gov

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Bakken Rig Count at 73 http://bakkenshale.com/drilling-rig-count/bakken-rigs-count-at-73/ http://bakkenshale.com/drilling-rig-count/bakken-rigs-count-at-73/#respond Fri, 26 Jun 2015 08:36:55 +0000 http://bakkenshale.com/?p=7536 Bakken Rig Count Decreases

Bakken Rig Count Decreases

The Bakken-Three Forks rig count decreased this week to 73 rigs running across our coverage area.

In recent Bakken news, Energy Transfer Pipeline is moving forward with plans to build a massive 1.134 mile pipeline that will transport crude from the Bakken through South Dakota and into Patoka, Illinois amid public concerns.

Read more:Dakota Access Pipeline Concerns

The U.S. rig count increased slightly, ending with 859 rigs running by midday Friday.  A total of 228 rigs were targeting natural gas (five more the previous week) and 628 were targeting oil in the U.S. (three less than the previous week). The remainder were drilling service wells (e.g. disposal wells, injection wells, etc.)  74 are in ND alone.

Bakken Oil & Gas Rigs

The Bakken oil rigs fell to 73 rigs this week with Bloomberg reporting WTI oil prices trading at $59.63/bbl on Friday afternoon, a $.02 decrease from the previous week. WTI-Brent increased $.24 landing to $63.26. The Bakken has zero natural active gas rig in the area this week with futures dropping to $2.77/mmbtu by midday.

McKenzie County continues to lead development and is running 3o running this week. Williams stays at 18, but Mountrail loses two rigs to 11. View the full list below under the Bakken Drilling by County section.

Activity continues to be dominated by horizontal drilling:

  • 72 rigs are drilling horizontal wells
  • 1 rigs are drilling directional wells
  • 0 rigs are drilling vertical wells

Be sure to visit our Bakken Job Listings to search openings and come back weekly for updates or sign up for alerts – Daily or Weekly Email Alerts

Bakken Drilling by County

Bakken Oil & Gas News

Two Saltwater Leaks in North Dakota

Turning Drilling Waste into Roads

What is the Rig Count?

The Bakken Shale Rig Count is an index of the total number of oil & gas drilling rigs running across Montana and North Dakota. The rigs referred to in this article are for ALL drilling reported by Baker Hughes and not solely wells targeting the Bakken formation. All land rigs and onshore rig data shown here are based upon industry estimates provided by the Baker Hughes Rig Count.

Read more at bakerhughes.com

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Two Saltwater Leaks in North Dakota http://bakkenshale.com/news/two-saltwater-leaks-in-north-dakota/ http://bakkenshale.com/news/two-saltwater-leaks-in-north-dakota/#respond Wed, 24 Jun 2015 07:16:12 +0000 http://bakkenshale.com/?p=7529 Spill Threatens Wetland

Spill Threatens Wetland

Two separate saltwater spills in North Dakota this week have health officials scrambling to assess the damage and monitor the environmental impact of nearby wetlands.

 

News agencies from across the state reported that 50 barrels of brine were spilled at a site in Burke County owned by Petro Harvester Operating Company in Burke County. Company officials also indicated they believe that the damage might not have been an accident.

Karl Rockeman, head of the NDDoH division of water quality said “The company believes someone damaged the pump jack at the well head. They’re alleging that it was intentional.”

A second unrelated spill was reported by Condor Petroleum, Inc. in Divide COunty and involved one barrel of oil and 39 barrels of brine were spilled. NDDoH officials are evaluating a nearby wetland for water quality impacts. Health department officials report that a some saltwater reached a nearby wetland and they promised to work with the company to develop a remediation plan for the impacted site.

Wasterwater disposal has become a hot topic as hydraulic fracturing has increased over the last few years. After drilling, the wastewater is cleaned and then pumped deep into injection wells. The potential risks of this practice are still unknown but are commonly connected to increased earthquakes, water contamination and danger to the ecosystem.

Related: Wastewater Disposal to Continue

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Dakota Access Pipeline Concerns http://bakkenshale.com/news/public-concern-over-dakota-access-pipeline/ http://bakkenshale.com/news/public-concern-over-dakota-access-pipeline/#respond Mon, 22 Jun 2015 19:39:23 +0000 http://bakkenshale.com/?p=7518 Dakota Access Pipeline Route

Dakota Access Pipeline Route

Energy Transfer Pipeline is moving forward with plans to build a massive 1.134 mile pipeline that will transport crude from the Bakken through South Dakota and into Patoka, Illinois amid public concerns.

Related: Two New Bakken Crude Oil Pipelines Online by 2016

Energy Transfer Partners moved one step closer this week as officials from the McKenzie County Commission approved zoning for  the first of six terminals it will need for the project. Along with permission to move ahead the company also received vigorous opposition and criticism from landowners who see the company as arrogant.

According to the Tri-City Herald, “Commissioner Kathy Skarda that said she has received numerous phone calls from landowners upset about the company’s negotiating style.”

Last week, more than 80 people turned out  for a public hearing in Killdeer to express their concerns to the Public Service Commission. This was the second of three such hearings while PSC officials decide if they will grant permits for the project. The concerns ranged from people not being offered enough money for their easements to the fear of security issues resulting from much energy infrastructure being clustered together.

Once the project is complete in late 2016, the pipeline will transport approximately 450,000 barrels per day and could potentially represent approximately half of Bakken current daily crude oil production.

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Bakken Rig Count Increases http://bakkenshale.com/drilling-rig-count/bakken-rig-count-increases/ http://bakkenshale.com/drilling-rig-count/bakken-rig-count-increases/#respond Sat, 20 Jun 2015 12:46:56 +0000 http://bakkenshale.com/?p=7512 Bakken Rig Count Increases

Bakken Rig Count Increases

The Bakken-Three Forks rig count gained one this week with 76 rigs running across our coverage area.

In recent Bakken news,OPEC announced last they will stick with their policy to produce oil at a high rate, a measure that may signal they are underestimating Bakken producers.

Read more:OPEC Decision Doesn’t Intimidate

The U.S. rig count slowed its decline this week falling by two to 857 rigs running by midday Friday.  A total of 223 rigs were targeting natural gas (dtwo more than the previous week) and 631 were targeting oil in the U.S. (four less than the previous week). The remainder were drilling service wells (e.g. disposal wells, injection wells, etc.)   76 rigs are running in the Williston Basin across MT, ND, and SD. 76 are in ND alone.

Bakken Oil & Gas Rigs

The Bakken oil rigs stayed at 75 rigs this week with Bloomberg reporting WTI oil prices trading at $59.61/bbl on Friday afternoon, an $.37 decrease from the previous week. WTI-Brent fell $.67 landing to $63.02. The Bakken has zero natural active gas rig in the area this week with futures increasing to $2.82/mmbtu by midday.

McKenzie County continues to lead development and is running 3o running this week. Williams (17) and Mountrail (13) counties are the next closest producers. View the full list below under the Bakken Drilling by County section.

Activity continues to be dominated by horizontal drilling:

  • 74 rigs are drilling horizontal wells
  • 1 rigs are drilling directional wells
  • 1 rigs are drilling vertical wells

Be sure to visit our Bakken Job Listings to search openings and come back weekly for updates or sign up for alerts – Daily or Weekly Email Alerts

Bakken Drilling by County

County State Previous Wk Current Wk County State Previous Week Current Week
MCKENZIE ND 30 30 SHERIDAN MT 0 0
WILLIAMS ND 18 17 VALLEY MT 0 0
MOUNTRAIL ND 13 13 WIBAUX MT 0 0
DUNN ND 9 10 BILLINGS ND 0 0
DIVIDE ND 4 4 BOTTINEAU ND 0 0
MCLEAN ND 1 1 BURKE ND 0 0
RENVILLE ND 0 1 GOLDEN VALLEY ND 0 0
DANIELS MT 0 0 MERCER ND 0 0
DAWSON MT 0 0 STARK ND 0 0
FALLON MT 0 0 WARD ND 0 0
RICHLAND MT 0 0 MCHENRY ND 0 0
ROOSEVELT MT 0 0

Bakken Oil & Gas News

Turning Drilling Waste into Roads

North Dakota Fights Fracking Rule
New Legislation Closes Fracking Loophole

What is the Rig Count?

The Bakken Shale Rig Count is an index of the total number of oil & gas drilling rigs running across Montana and North Dakota. The rigs referred to in this article are for ALL drilling reported by Baker Hughes and not solely wells targeting the Bakken formation. All land rigs and onshore rig data shown here are based upon industry estimates provided by the Baker Hughes Rig Count.

Read more at bakerhughes.com

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Turning Drilling Waste into Roads http://bakkenshale.com/news/turning-drilling-waste-into-roads/ http://bakkenshale.com/news/turning-drilling-waste-into-roads/#respond Wed, 17 Jun 2015 13:11:23 +0000 http://bakkenshale.com/?p=7500 ND Tests New Technologies to Recycle Waste

ND Tests New Technologies to Recycle Waste

The North Dakota Department of Health has approved a pilot project to test new technologies to recycle solid drilling waste.

One of the companies involved in the project is promising to revolutionize the industry by recycling Bakken drilling waste into material for roads or other uses. Nuverra has invested more than three years and $30 million into this initiative. Its process called Terrafficient can recycle 100 percent of that waste, according to company spokesperson.

Recycling drilling waste is a common practice in other states, but the Bakken’s high salt content has made it more challenging to develop a process that protects the environment.

Related: Recycling Waste Water is Big Business 

Scott Radig with the North Dakota Department of Health said “Nuverra proposes to reuse the drilling waste in three ways: mix it with gravel so the gravel will compact better and not wash off the roads; reuse it as a road base material; and use it within municipal landfills as daily cover material”

Nuverra’s testing will include using the recycled material to construct a road within their landfill facility near Arnegard and a gravel road in central McKenzie County will be used to test mixing the recycled material with gravel.

Read more at nuverra.com

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North Dakota Fights Fracking Rule http://bakkenshale.com/news/north-dakota-fights-fracking-rule/ http://bakkenshale.com/news/north-dakota-fights-fracking-rule/#respond Mon, 15 Jun 2015 12:48:43 +0000 http://bakkenshale.com/?p=7479 North Dakota Developments, LLC

North Dakota Seeks Injunction

North Dakota officials are warning that a new federal fracking rule will likely cost the state $300 a year in income and 1,900 jobs.

In March,the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) finalized new rules to regulate hydraulic oil and gas fracturing on public lands. Several states have filed suit, arguing that the new rules supersede the state’s authority and “invade” the jurisdiction of the state regulatory bodies.

Related: Federal Fracking Regulations Challenged

The ruling is particularly significant to North Dakota because of it vast public lands. It is estimated that BLM has an interest in about a third of the drilling units in North Dakota that were acquired the mineral rights on defaulted farms during the the Great Depression.

Lynn Helms, director of the Department of Mineral Resources believes that the ruling will cause companies to leave North Dakota, which could cost the state $9.4 billion in royalties and taxes.

The rule is set to take effect on June 24th and to delay implementation, North Dakota filed a request for a preliminary injunction against the BLM while the court reviewed previous challenges. A hearing is set for June 23 in U.S. District Court in Casper, Wyo.

Read more at dmr.nd.gov

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Bakken Rig Count Remain Steady http://bakkenshale.com/drilling-rig-count/bakken-rig-count-remain-steady/ http://bakkenshale.com/drilling-rig-count/bakken-rig-count-remain-steady/#respond Fri, 12 Jun 2015 22:03:11 +0000 http://bakkenshale.com/?p=7475 Bakken Rig Count Remains Steady

Bakken Rig Count Remains Steady

The Bakken-Three Forks rig count remained flat this week with 75 rigs running across our coverage area.

In recent Bakken news, North Dakota experienced its wettest May on record and all the rain is causing trouble for some oil and gas producers. Flood waters threaten operators near the confluence of the Missouri and Yellowstone rivers.

Read more: Floods Threaten Bakken Producers

The U.S. rig count fell by nine, ending with 859 rigs running by midday Friday.  A total of 221 rigs were targeting natural gas (down one from the previous week) and 635 were targeting oil in the U.S. (seven less than the previous week). The remainder were drilling service wells (e.g. disposal wells, injection wells, etc.)   76 rigs are running in the Williston Basin across MT, ND, and SD. 76 are in ND alone.

Bakken Oil & Gas Rigs

The Bakken oil rigs stayed at 75 rigs this week with Bloomberg reporting WTI oil prices trading at $59.98/bbl on Friday afternoon, an $.85 increase from the previous week. WTI-Brent increased $.38 landing at $63.691. The Bakken has zero natural active gas rig in the area this week with futures trading dipping to $2.76/mmbtu by midday.

McKenzie County continues to lead development and is running 3o running this week. Williams (18) and Mountrail (13) counties are the next closest producers. View the full list below under the Bakken Drilling by County section.

Activity continues to be dominated by horizontal drilling:

  • 73 rigs are drilling horizontal wells
  • 1 rigs are drilling directional wells
  • 1 rigs are drilling vertical wells

Be sure to visit our Bakken Job Listings to search openings and come back weekly for updates or sign up for alerts – Daily or Weekly Email Alerts

Bakken Drilling by County

Previous Week Current Week County State Previous Week Current Week
MCKENZIE ND 30 30 VALLEY MT 0 0
WILLIAMS ND 18 18 WIBAUX MT 0 0
MOUNTRAIL ND 13 13 BILLINGS ND 0 0
DUNN ND 9 9 BOTTINEAU ND 0 0
DIVIDE ND 4 4 BURKE ND 0 0
MCLEAN ND 1 1 GOLDEN VALLEY ND 0 0
DANIELS MT 0 0 MERCER ND 0 0
DAWSON MT 0 0 RENVILLE ND 0 0
FALLON MT 0 0 STARK ND 0 0
RICHLAND MT 0 0 WARD ND 0 0
ROOSEVELT MT 0 0 MCHENRY ND 0 0
SHERIDAN MT 0 0

Bakken Oil & Gas News

OPEC Decision Doesn’t Intimidate

Heitkamp Urges Repeal of Oil Export Ban

What is the Rig Count?

The Bakken Shale Rig Count is an index of the total number of oil & gas drilling rigs running across Montana and North Dakota. The rigs referred to in this article are for ALL drilling reported by Baker Hughes and not solely wells targeting the Bakken formation. All land rigs and onshore rig data shown here are based upon industry estimates provided by the Baker Hughes Rig Count.
Read more at bakerhughes.com

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OPEC Decision Doesn’t Intimidate http://bakkenshale.com/news/opec-decision-doesnt-intimidate/ http://bakkenshale.com/news/opec-decision-doesnt-intimidate/#respond Wed, 10 Jun 2015 12:41:26 +0000 http://bakkenshale.com/?p=7465
OPEC to Keep Oil Production High

OPEC to Keep Oil Production High

OPEC announced last Friday that it will stick with its policy to produce oil at a high rate, a measure that may signal they are underestimating Bakken producers.

Related: OPEC Challenges Bakken Shale Drillers

If the measure by OPEC was meant to intimidate U.S. energy producers, they may want to try again. Despite this tactic to crush competitors, U.S. oil companies have worked to streamline operations an become more efficient. Many now claim they can remain profitable at the lower crude prices for some time.

Lynn Helms, head of North Dakota’s Department of Mineral Resources says that “OPEC is still is our main competition. But what you’re seeing now is the Bakken becoming the swing producer, something that has happened relatively quickly because of efficiencies in drilling and completion technology”

In response to OPEC’s announcement, oil prices fell on Monday and analysts project this will prolong the supply glut for the rest of the year. But despite forecasted demands and increasing supplies, OPEC said it expected that the world’s oversupply of crude will likely ease over the coming quarters and that U.S. production will decline in the third quarter.

Read more at opec.com

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Heitkamp Urges Repeal of Oil Export Ban http://bakkenshale.com/news/heitkamp-urges-repeal-of-oil-export-ban/ http://bakkenshale.com/news/heitkamp-urges-repeal-of-oil-export-ban/#respond Mon, 08 Jun 2015 18:20:17 +0000 http://bakkenshale.com/?p=7431 Senator Heidi Heitkamp

U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp (ND)

Heidi Heitkamp, U.S. Senator from North Dakota is urging lawmakers to repeal a 1970’s era ban on oil exports.

Related: Oil Export Ban May Hurt Economy

Taking the Senate floor last month, Heitkamp said that the existing restrictions on U.S. oil producers are harming America’s competitiveness. Heitkamp hopes to level the playing field by doing away with restrictions that hinder America’s economic growth and that threaten our long-term goal of becoming energy independent.

Not everyone is in favor of lifting the ban, however.

Athan Manual, the director of the Lands Protection Program at the Sierra Club, said his biggest concern is how increased oil consumption around the world will impact climate change. “We don’t think we should be exporting global warming, basically, to other countries,” he said. “We think all the countries in the world should do what the U.S. is doing and dramatically reduce their use of fossil fuels, especially oil, to fight climate change.”

Read more at heitkamp.senate.gov

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