Yes, prudent operators always attempt to accommodate surface owner concerns on locating well sites, access roads and other facilities. An operator is required by law to notify the surface owner of its proposed drilling operations and provide a written offer of settlement for surface disruption. An operator’s preferred location will usually be based largely on geology, but also other factors such as terrain and location limitations as prescribed by the North Dakota Industrial Commission (“NDIC”). It is the surface owner’s responsibility to inform the operator of their concerns with the operator’s desired location. The prudent operator will select a well site that has taken all the issues into consideration, including the surface owner’s concerns.
In the event the parties cannot reach a Surface Agreement, the surface owner may seek relief in the court of proper jurisdiction.
We don’t yet have the 3-4 years of production history on a statistically significant sample of wells that will allow us to generate a reliable type curve.
Yes. There are about 120 wells that produce from the Tyler formation, but they are all vertical wells drilled for Tyler sand production. There hasn’t been any horizontal Tyler silt/shale wells drilled yet.
The general guideline is for reclamation to occur within one year after permanent abandonment.