This question concerns the Fladeland 14-26HU well, permit #36559 operated by Whiting Oil & Gas, Inc. The well is located in Mountrail County, ND.
On the Department of Mineral Resources website it says the spacing unit for this well is 153-91- sections 25, 26, 35, and 36. When I received my division order from Whiting Oil & Gas, Inc. it also said the spacing unit was those four sections. But my decimal interest is half of what I think it should be. Please note the mineral interest in question is located in Section 26.
Whiting has told me that the spacing is those four sections, however, the ownership is derived from sections 24/27, 25/26, and 35/36 because all of the sections in the new spacing unit are part of previously pooled acreage. Whiting’s position is that minerals in sections 35 and 36 are given credit for 50% of the spacing unit, and sections 24, 25, 26, 27 comprise the other 50% of the ownership. I find this very confusing because the Oil and Gas Commission of ND pooled sections 25, 26, 35, and 36 into a new and separate spacing unit before this well was drilled.
The wellbore travels in the opposite direction of section 27, and is more than a mile from section 24. I have also confirmed with Whiting that if a well is drilled on the opposite side of the section line, being directly on sections 25 and 26, that sections 35 and 36 will still be given twice as much credit as owners in sections 25 and 26.
This may not mean much, but I have never seen another case where certain minerals inside a spacing unit are given credit for twice as much production as others. Whiting has stated they are relying on the ND Century code when deciding the allocation of production from this well. I have asked Whiting if they could direct me to that part of the Century Code and they have not responded.
If anyone is able to offer any insight into this situation I would greatly appreciate it.
Thank you, Seth