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Oil leasing and drilling activity around the McKenzie County area

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#1 Jul 22, 2006
Just wondering if anyone cares to make a comment regarding the oil activity around the Mckenzie County area. I'm originally from that area and understand there is quite a bit of activity.


Bismarck, ND

#2 Aug 8, 2006
Terry, I would go to the web site www.discovernd.com and go to the "agencies by alpha", go to the "oil&gas" site. There is lots of current info on the oil industry and where they are at. If you check the "dockets", it tells you the upcoming meetings on upcoming oil well projects, and if you check the daily log, it tells you what is happeing also. ALSO, the Williston herald prints a monthly oil page that lists all of the upcoming drilling permits, current drilling sites, and completed oil sites for all of ND, and Eastern MT. But, I think you need to have "e-net" full pay subscription for the full Williston Herald to view this section of their paper, but...you could always go to your library and read the paper form of Williston Herald if they carry it.
Frank Ganje

Fargo, ND

#3 Sep 1, 2006
A hot area in North Dakota Oil exploration is Dunn County as indicated by the number of landsmen searching for mineral rights owners in the Courthouse records.
Wes Link

Las Vegas, NV

#4 Sep 19, 2006
is there any activite around Hebron at all

Bismarck, ND

#5 Sep 20, 2006
I haven't heard of any around Hebron. Most I've seen are in Bowman, Dunn, McKenzie, Williams, and Mountrail counties. You can see the active rigs and upcoming by going to www.discovernd.com , agency by alpah, oil&gas, activity logs.


#6 Sep 26, 2006
Just wondering if anyone has heard of the future prospects of drilling in Divide County?
CoCo County Kid

Daly City, CA

#7 Nov 8, 2006
I just posted a question relating to this. My moms former property is in the town of dunn which obviouslly is in Dunn County. They no longer own the land but own mineral rights. Seems some greedy oil companies are being selective about whos property they drill. The reason for this is they do a 45 degree angle drill so they can drill from their neighbors and into our reservior.

Sioux Falls, SD

#8 Nov 8, 2006
I think you lose out on the lease money for the drilling on the other persons property, but if they hit oil, and it is drawing from your mineral acres (underneath the ground) you benefit from that I believe.

Fargo, ND

#9 Nov 29, 2006
My experience is oil companies are very un trustworth they lie, cheat, and steal to make a buck. I agree with "CoCO County Kid" when he says they drill 45 degees to get under outher peoples land(aka horzontal drilling)to get to the good stuff with out any one knowing. The law says they are required to stay within the section(640 acers)(excepting specific details orranged by land owners) but the organization that regulates this is a state agency of north dakota, which the oil comanies have deep in there pockets. But why blame them, look at how much money the state makes off of oil taxes(public record, you can find them). All in all oil activity in ND iss a good thing, just wish state officials were a little straighter and oil companies had to play fair!!!!
Michael Kaminski

Walcott, ND

#10 Apr 25, 2007

It is illegal for them to drill any closer to your property line that the current distance allocated for by the regulatory agency. Nor can they drill closer to your property line by directional drilling process.
If they do, then just email me and I'll help you out.
If you ever want to know what is down there on your property. I have technology that can see what's down there and would be happy to share that information with you.

Bellevue, NE

#11 May 10, 2007
The regulations say they drill from one corner of a section to the other. They will drill vertical approx 9,000 feet then out maybe 15,000 feet. This has nothing to do with trying to get out of paying. They can better tap the oil reservoir with a horizontal hole then a vertical. It is regulation. All owners in that section will partake of royalties. The site landowner will get damages and the company will buy the acreage it needs at a fairly good price. The wells can be drilled differently, but they have to go before the state to get approval. Some wells they may send out two horizontal lines to better tap the reservoir. An excellent source for whys and hows is:


Central District, Hong Kong

#12 Oct 2, 2007
Any drilling going on in the Wildrose area of Divide County? I'm told one of the wildcatters who'd done some work up there sold his lease on the rights to BP, but from there I've not been able to track what might be happening.


#13 Nov 4, 2007
What would be a fair price for mineral and royalty interest in McKenzie County, North Dakota?

Santa Clara, CA

#14 Nov 14, 2007
Have the oil companies started to come around and make offers, it seems as though this is happening with the current oil crunch. ND land owner.

Denver, CO

#15 Dec 2, 2007
Interest is being shown also in Eastern Stark.

Freehold, NJ

#16 Dec 8, 2007
I too am interested in determining what value Mineral rights have in McKenzie County. I need to determine a value for rights on 160 acres to settle an estate but have no idea how to go about obtaining this information. Any suggestions.
Turtle girl

United States

#17 Dec 16, 2007
ron if you find out please post the info as I also have mineral rights there too but with wells, so am clueless to the worth other than the royalties I get.

Newberg, OR

#18 Dec 23, 2007
I, too, am interested in leasing and explorations activity in Divide County just north of Wildrose. I have some mineral acres coming up for lease there next year.
I have a friend who has a new well in NE Montana. He says it's worth it to know who is leasing and who really wants to drill. And he says that these companies can be quite up front in what they plan to do, if contacted beforehand.

United States

#19 Jan 26, 2008
We, too, are looking for any info on current mineral rights for oil & gas in McKenzie County, ND. Anything at all from you local experts would be greatly appreciated!

Williston, ND

#20 Jan 29, 2008
The county courthouse of where the land is located would have the info on mineral rights, etc. And they could possibly also tell you if any companies and which ones are doing any checking into those rights. Otherwise you'd have to contact the companies individually.

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