I have had some concerns of how XTO might view our acres because the wells we do have, except for one, are NOT all that great. Everyone says that each year the oil companies learn more about what they need to do to get more oil out of the ground. So I thought it would be fun to see how our older wells were fracked, and compare that to how newer wells are fracked. After doing that, I feel so much better about the overall potential of our mineral acres. Here is what I learned.
Most of the wells in the 142/99 township were done between 2004 and 2007. Here are some typical fracking figures for some wells of that timeframe. Well 17172-Jilek----838,000 lbs sand---16,500 bbls fluid. Well 15692-Logasz----418,300 lbs sand and 7269 bbls fluid. Well 16033-Chruszch----1,088,000 lbs sand. Well 15789-Paluck---Initial fracking---986,500 lbs sand----refrack---567,000.
Now let’s compare that to newer wells. One 2012 well is in this same township, but in the Fairfield field. Natalie #22327 used 3,183,000 lbs material for fracking. Thirty seven percent of that was ceramic. And 55,279 bbls of fluid was used. Warner #21690 was 30 stages with 3,043,000 lbs used. (35% was ceramic) Obriyenitch #22951 was 30 stages and used 3,125,000 lbs for fracking. (36% was ceramic) Odessa #22383 was 30 stages and used 3,200,000 lbs fracking materials. (37% was ceramic) Also 64,500 bbls of fluid was used. Evoniuk #21540---2,844,000---30 stages----37,000 bbls fluid. Buresh #27150----6,101,000 lbs fracking materials---17% was ceramic---69,120 bbls fluid.
WOW---The difference in the way the wells are now being fracked are substantially different from methods used just 7 years ago.
One real interesting discovery happened today. I sent an inquiry to the NDIC yesterday questioning why there was no frac data on the BASARABA44X-27 well. (#16664) (2007 well) The people at the NDIC have been remarkably courteous and remarkably very helpful. (I suggest that the State of North Dakota purchase the State of California and let North Dakotans run that state the way they run North Dakota?) Anyway, one of the state geologists did confirm, after contacting and speaking with XTO, that the Basaraba 44X-27 well has never been Hydraulic Fractured!!!! Interesting, how common is that????? The well is doing great---255,000 bbls since 2008.
So to summarize:
NEWER WELLS NOW USE 3 TO 4 TIMES MORE FRACKING MATERIALS THAN SOME 2004-2007 OLDER WELLS, AND PRODUCE A HECK OF A LOT MORE OIL THAN OUR OLDER WELLS!!!!
THE BASARABA WELL IS SOMEWHAT UNUSUAL IN THAT IT HAS GREAT PRODUCTION WITHOUT EVER HAVING BEEN HYDRAULICALLY FRACTURED!!!!! (the best well ever in ND---I think---over 2 million bbls of oil---has never been fractured. So occasionally wells are drilled into areas that have natural fractures.)
I ,like you, think that I don’t want XTO to drill, because I too, would like to eventually consider non-consent. Of course, I might change my mind if they wanted to drill 4 wells at once like they are doing now in their other areas. LOL