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What has been the success ratio of the horizontal wells drilled in Mountrail County?
Answer

At this point the success rate is over 99%. This does not mean that 99% of the wells are economic successes but that the Bakken oil is prevalent and virtually every well is capable of producing some volume of oil. The success of the wells varies from well to well and field to field and especially county to county.
 

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What elements are considered when a company plans for the location of a plant, station, or whatever?
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Proximity to producing wells, highways, railroads, electrical power, and workers are all important factors that have to be considered.
 

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What does the "average" Bakken well produce?
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Bakken wells drilled in calendar year 2007 had an average initial production rate of 240 barrels of oil per day during the first 30 days.
 

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On a frac job - how far back into the formation does a fracture extend?
Answer

The distance into the formation a fracture stimulation extends depends on the mechanical properties of the rock as well as the rate, pressure, and physical properties of the fracturing fluid. The typical current Bakken fracture stimulation creates cracks approximately 1,000-1,200 feet long.
 

Oil and Gas Production
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How does horizontal drilling affect the environment?
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Horizontal drilling is very environmentally friendly. The typical new Bakken well uses a 5 acre surface location that is reclaimed to about two acres for production to develop 1,280 acres of minerals. Vertical well technology of 20 years ago would utilize 4-20 times the number of wells and surface acres.