Mr. Kennedy is correct about the soft function of permits and units. Like all rules, they are there to be changed. The closer you are to the Mountrail- Williams county line, there are good reasons geologically to drill east west in the Bakken. See Petro Hunt and Hell wells in that area. It's a function of natural fracturing and planes of weakness around that deep seated uplift below. The operators will and should sort out the final geometry and size of the producing units from the geologic technology they uncover by drilling and logging. you can bet that whatever is good for them will be good for the mineral owner.
I'm also in the Denver area so feel free to contact me if you want some added information.
Gary L. Hutchinson