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Bakken Shale

North Dakota ‘Split’ on Federal Pause for Oil, Gas Permitting

North Dakota ‘Split’ on Federal Pause for Oil, Gas Permitting

As the Biden administration further examines the ramifications of its pause on oil and natural gas leases on federal lands, it will find North Dakota’s Bakken Shale has a “unique story to tell,” according to Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) Director Lynn Helms. Most of the federal lands in North Dakota are split estates, where…

March 18, 2021
EIA Projects Continued Decline in U.S. Natural Gas, Oil Output from Key Onshore Plays in April

EIA Projects Continued Decline in U.S. Natural Gas, Oil Output from Key Onshore Plays in April

Natural gas production from seven key U.S. regions is set to fall by 316 MMcf/d from March to April, extending a downward trajectory in projected output from the domestic plays that goes back to early last year, according to new data published Monday by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). Combined output from the Anadarko,…

March 17, 2021
Declines in U.S. Production from Seven Key Plays Expected from March to April, EIA Says

Declines in U.S. Production from Seven Key Plays Expected from March to April, EIA Says

Natural gas production from seven key U.S. regions is set to fall by 316 MMcf/d from March to April, extending a downward trajectory in projected output from the domestic plays that goes back to early last year, according to new data published Monday by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). Combined output from the Anadarko,…

March 15, 2021
Bakken Production Getting ‘More Gassy,’ as Expected

Bakken Production Getting ‘More Gassy,’ as Expected

Oil prices have streaked upward in North Dakota’s Bakken Shale as production has hit a winter lull, according to the state’s Department of Mineral Resources (DMR). DMR Director Lynn Helms in the monthly production report for January, which was issued on Thursday, said oil production was down about 4% month/month (m/m) to 35.5 million bbl…

March 13, 2021
Permian Smacks Down ‘Snowvid’ as More Completion Crews Go to Work

Permian Smacks Down ‘Snowvid’ as More Completion Crews Go to Work

The active number of U.S. fracture spreads jumped nearly 15% month/month in February, driven by strength in the Permian Basin, even as “Snowvid” shut in wells and sent crews packing, according to Tudor, Pickering, Holt & Co. (TPH). Data compiled by TPH indicated that oilfield services (OFS) operators increased the number of crews working in…

March 4, 2021
After Tough Start for Year, Crestwood’s Bakken System Sets Records in Fourth Quarter

After Tough Start for Year, Crestwood’s Bakken System Sets Records in Fourth Quarter

After a partial shut in during early 2020 amid reduced producer activity, Crestwood Equity Partners LP’s Arrow system in the Bakken Shale achieved record volumes in natural gas, crude and water in the final quarter of the year, with “a lot more activity” expected in 2021, according to management. “The Bakken play remains extremely economic…

March 2, 2021
Continental Forecasting Sixth Straight Year of Positive FCF as Oil Prices Strengthen

Continental Forecasting Sixth Straight Year of Positive FCF as Oil Prices Strengthen

Continental Resources Inc. expects to generate positive free cash flow (FCF) for a sixth straight year in 2021 amid an improving outlook for oil prices, according to management. During a Feb. 17 conference call to discuss the firm’s 2020 earnings, Executive Chairman Harold Hamm cited “unprecedented challenges” faced in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic,…

February 28, 2021
North Dakota Hopes to Reduce Impact of Federal Lands Leasing Ban; Native American Exemption

North Dakota Hopes to Reduce Impact of Federal Lands Leasing Ban; Native American Exemption

An exemption for Native American lands in the Biden Administration’s executive order (EO) pausing new leasing on federal lands is “highly significant” for North Dakota’s Bakken Shale play, according to the state’s top oil and natural gas regulator. Biden’s order directed to the Interior Department’s (DOI) Bureau of Land Management “does not restrict energy activities…

February 18, 2021
EIA Models Falling Natural Gas Output from Seven Key U.S. Regions in March

EIA Models Falling Natural Gas Output from Seven Key U.S. Regions in March

Natural gas production from seven key U.S. shale plays is set to fall by a combined 560 MMcf/d from February to March as output from most major producing regions is expected to slow over the next month, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). Combined natural gas output from the Anadarko, Appalachian and Permian…

February 18, 2021
Natural Gas Production from Seven Key U.S. Shale Plays to Fall from February to March, EIA Says

Natural Gas Production from Seven Key U.S. Shale Plays to Fall from February to March, EIA Says

Natural gas production from seven key U.S. shale plays is set to fall by a combined 560 MMcf/d from February to March as output from most major producing regions is expected to slow over the next month, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). Combined natural gas output from the Anadarko, Appalachian and Permian…

February 17, 2021