US to be top producer by 2017; net exporter by 2030 -- New York Times.
February, 2013: Director's Cut: new all-time -- 778,176 bopd
January 11, 2013: Director's Cut. First month in a long time with month-over-month production actually decreases; production/well also decreases
December 17, 2012: Director's Cut
November 20, 2012: Director's Cut
October 20, 2012: Director's Cut
September 19, 2012: Director's Cut
August 16, 2012: Director's Cut
July 18, 2012: Director's Cut
June 19, 2012: Director's Cut
April 11, 2012: Director's Cut
March 21, 2012: Director's Cut
February 10, 2012: Director's Cut
January 17, 2012: Director's Cut
December 12, 2011: Director's Cut
November 12, 2010: Director's Cut
- August, 2010, Oil: 10,195,061 barrels --> 328,873 bbls/day
- September, 2010, Oil: 10,241,510 barrels --> 341,384 bbls/day -- all time record
- August, 2010, producing wells: 5,115
- September, 2010, producing wells: 5,197 -- all time high
- August, 2010, permits: 138
- September, 2010, permits: 167 -- all time high
- June, 2010, Oil: 9,434,312 barrels = 314,477 barrels/day
- July, 2010, Oil: 9,952,296 barrels = 321,042 barrels/day (all time high)
- August, 2010, Oil: 10,134,368 barrels = 326,915 barrels/day (all time high)
- June, 2010: Producing Wells = 4,977
- July, 2010: Producing Wells = 5,051 (all time high)
- August, 2010: Producing Wells = 5,115 (all time high)
- June, 2010, Permitting: 128 drilling permits
- July, 2010, Permitting: 145 drilling permits (all time high)
- August, 2010, Permitting: 138 drilling
- NDIC Director still voices his concern about EPA regulation.
November 21, 2009: North Dakota state official states that in addition to the Bakken, TFS, and Lodgepole, there is now another formation oil producers are targeting: the Birdbear. Actually that is not news. Oilmen have known about this formation for decades and have targeted it in the past. What is new, is renewed interest in this formation for horizontal drilling and fracture stimulation. Update, November 2, 2010: Marathon's Mylo Wolding 14-11, a Birdbear well, reported an IP of 39 bopd.
November 16, 2009: North Dakota oil production projected to be 350,000 barrels of oil per day in 2010.
November 13, 2009: More on the recent record North Dakota land lease auction. Some acres in Mountrail County were leased for $8,000/acre. Land exploration companies / producers aren't paying $8,000/acre to watch the barley grow. 2010 is going to be an outstanding year.
November 13, 2009: A relatively new concept for frac'ing has been introduced: tri-frac. Initial discussion here; time will tell whether this amounts to anything. This link, in addition, provides some insight into the status of the Elm Coulee field in Montana (where the current Bakken boom began) and Enerplus which hasn't gotten much notice lately.
November 9, 2009: even the Canadians are betting on the Bakken (southwestern Saskatchewan).
November 9, 2009: ND went over 60 active rigs today (61, to be exact). Most since late 2008. [On November 13, 200, NDIC reported 63 active rigs.]
November 8, 2009: This site (the Million Dollar Way) was cited in the opening line of a Grand Forks Herald story today. You may need to sign in to see the article. You can sign in with your Facebook account. You can see a version of the same article at Yahoo News without having to sign in.
November 6, 2009: More evidence that the oil/gas industry continues to expand: Denver company to expand gas plant; sees continued development of the Williston Basin. This regards a facility in Divide County, the Ambrose Gas Plant southwest of Ambrose.
November 5, 2009: North Dakota state land oil lease auction brings in record amount, $72 million. Previous record: $30 million in 1980; adjusted for inflation: $80 million. 59,000 acres; average, $1,214/acre.
November 4, 2009: The Mountrail County Promoter states that North Dakota, already the 4th leading oil producer in the United States, would produce more oil if pipeline capacity was adequate. The writer notes that there is talk of two more pipelines in the Stanley area: one would take oil into Canada and then back into the states through another pipeline; and the second additional pipeline would take oil out of the local area. I have opined elsewhere that one starts to get the feeling that the Williston Basin could become another "Tulsa" over the next two decades.
November 4, 2009: 18 percent more North Dakotans reporting $1 million (or more) in income; 470 (2008) vs 400 (2007; due to oil income. And some said the Bakken was over-hyped; not these folks.
November 1, 2009: With the Lodgepole, 2010 is going to be a big year for oil in ND.
November 1, 2009: DNR will buy EAC. Denbury: a powerhouse of a company.
October 31, 2009: The news is starting to come fast and furious out of North Dakota; there is almost too much news to report.
We are seeing more Three Forks Sanish action. Encore just reported a 1,500 bopd well with a TFS well with a single frac. Now they are going to offset another well at the same location, but accomplish a 22-stage fracture, and then compare a single frac stimulation with multiple stage fracture stimulation. This is getting very exciting very fast.October 28, 2009: ND reported to be #4 in oil production among the US states.ND jumped ahead of Oklahoma few months ago and then past Louisiana in most recent reporting period.
Encore is going to add another rig to North Dakota drilling program. There are currently about 56 rigs in North Dakota and almost every producer has announced plans to add more rigs. I think I remember reading EOG plans to increase its fleet of seven rigs to thirteen.
October 25, 2009: Hess moves to Tioga.Hess moved into their new operations complex in Tioga on October 20, 2009. Spokesman says center of operations for Hess in North Dakota is Tioga and thus the move.
October 25, 2009: EOG to ship oil on railroad tankers. EOG should begin shipping oil out of North Dakota via railroad cars starting February, 2010; the loading terminal was built this past year in Stanley, ND. Pipeline capacity has been exceeded by the Bakken production.
October 25, 2009: Huge Halliburton expansion.Earlier this year Halliburton announced a $20 million project to expand their industrial complex east of Williston. Sanjel's complex was reported to cost $7 million, so local Willistonites can only imagine what a $20 million addition / modification to an existing complex might look like. The link is here. It should be completed in 2010.
October 25, 2009: North Dakota Defies Predictions With Record Oil Production
The state Industrial Commission reports that North Dakota oil wells pumped an average 226,940 barrels a day in July and 231,252 barrels daily in August, the latest figures available because oil production numbers typically lag at least two months. The previous high of 215,637 barrels a day was set in November 2008.North Dakota produced a record 62.8 million barrels last year, up nearly 18 million barrels from 2007.