Joe, I do think that these [spacings] will produce for 30 years, because they do not have the field pressure of other areas the oil will take awhile to come out.
For my factoring I used the total production through February divided by the number of months, including the first month that only consisted of 6 days. If you are only going to figure from the last most depleted month, what about the months previous? Don't they count too? Do not their dollars count towards figuring when you will recover $3,000?
These are relatively new wells, I would think it more likely that they leased for more than 1/8 because either people had 5 year or longer leases, and the operators did not know exactly what was down there in 2008 in the midst of the frenzy, or these people have been through more than one lease cycle and had a chance to learn to bargain.
The reason why I wonder if Jerry even knew the wells were there? I come across people weekly who never leased and have wells, or did lease and have had wells for more than a year they do not know about.
I stated my figure for barrel of oil at $85, about the average my oil sold for over the last 5 years.
Joe, if there are older wells in the area that are not doing well, I believe that the completion techniques of the earlier wells are to blame. Believe me, it makes a difference. I have more than a handful of wells drilled in late 2007, early 2008 and newer wells in the same area produce twice the amount of oil.
Joe, I am an observer of nature. When I see a flock of animals move at an accelerated pace, I don't need to see the predator to know that one is there, there is a reason for most things. Operators are systematically drilling areas exactly like this, 1/3 to 2/3 of the townships in question have been drilled, look at the GIS map. If the operator thought the wells were that bad, there would probably only be three test wells or less in each township. Watch the geese Joe. If you look long enough you will see the reason why they are running.
If there is no profit in these areas, why are there so many wells?