PUBLIC HEARINGS AND NOTICES OF RECOMMENDATION


 

ACTIVE OIL AND GAS CASES:

 

Case 10-2014

Case 11-2014

 

Comments may be submitted through the DENR One-Stop Public Notice Page and Comment Form

 


 

PUBLIC HEARINGS: As of July 1, 2012 and as required by South Dakota Codified Law (SDCL) 45-9, actions such as spacing, establishing new fields, forced pooling, and unitization only require a contested case hearing before the South Dakota Board of Minerals and Environment ("Board") if they are contested after publication of a notice of hearing. If there is no contest, orders will be issued administratively by the department Secretary.

 

SCHEDULING A BOARD OF MINERALS AND ENVIRONMENT HEARING: The board typically meets during the third week of each month, January through November. In order to schedule a hearing before the board, please contact the Minerals & Mining Program at least two months prior to the desired hearing date.

 

NOTICES OF RECOMMENDATION: Under the Administrative Rules of South Dakota (ARSD) 74:12:09, the Notice of Recommendation procedure allows the DENR Secretary to develop and public notice a recommendation on a proposed action, and then approve the application if there is no intervention. If there is intervention, a contested case hearing before the Board is required.

 

ISSUED BOARD ORDERS: Board order files are available in Adobe Acrobat (PDF) format through the following indexes.

 


 

OIL AND GAS CASES:

 

 

2014

 

 

Case No. 1-2014-- On January 27, 2014, the department received from Continental Resources, an application requesting approval of an order authorizing the recovery of risk compensation from certain non-participating owners, for the drilling and operating of the Duke 41-15H well located in a spacing unit described as Sections 15 and 22, Township 22 North, Range 3 East, Table Mountain Field, Harding County. Because no person intervened in this matter, CRI's request was approved administratively on March 17, 2014 by the Secretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

 

Case No. 2-2014-- On February 24, 2014, the department received from RIM Operating, an application requesting approval of an order to establish a 409.42-acre spacing unit comprised of all of Section 19, Township 23 North, Range 4 East, South Medicine Pole Hills Field, Harding County. Because no person intervened in this matter, RIM's request was approved administratively on April 4, 2014 by the Secretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

 

Case No. 3-2014-- On February 21, 2014, the department received from RIM Operating, an application requesting approval of an order amending any applicable orders for the South Medicine Pole Hills Field to pool all interests in a a 409.42-acre spacing unit described as all of Section 19, Township 23 North, Range 4 East, South Medicine Pole Hills Field, Harding County. Because no person intervened in this matter, RIM's request was approved administratively on April 4, 2014 by the Secretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

 

Case No. 4-2014-- On March 03, 2014, the department received from Luff Exploration Company, an application requesting approval of an order vacating an existing spacing unit consisting of the SW/4 of Section 2, the SE/4 of Section 3, the E/2 of Section 11, Township 22 North, Range 4 East and instead establish a 960-acre spacing unit for the Buffalo Field consisting of the W/2 of Section 2, the E/2 of Section 3, the NE/4 of Section 10, and the NW/4 of Section 11, Township 22 North, Range 4 East, Harding County, South Dakota and authorize the drilling of a horizontal well with one or more laterals. Because no person intervened in this matter, Luff's request was approved administratively on April 16, 2014 by the Secretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

 

Case No. 5-2014-- On March 26, 2014, the department received from Luff Exploration Company, an application requesting approval of an order amending any applicable orders for the Buffalo Field to establish a 960-acre spacing unit consisting of the SE/4 of Section 9, the SW/4 of Section 10, the W/2 of Section 15, and the E/2 of Section 16, Township 22 North, Range 4 East, Harding County, South Dakota, and authorize the drilling of a horizontal well at any location not closer than 500 feet to the boundary of said spacing unit. Because no person intervened in this matter, Luff's request was approved administratively on May 19, 2014 by the Secretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

 

Case No. 6-2014-- On May 21, 2014, the department received from Luff Exploration Company, an application requesting approval of an order amending any applicable orders for the Yellow Hair Field and the Clarkson Ranch Field to establish a 960-acre spacing unit for the Clarkson Ranch Field consisting of the S/2 of Section 13 and all of Section 24, Township 22 North, Range 4 East, Harding County, South Dakota, and authorize the drilling of a horizontal well at any location not closer than 500 feet to the boundary of said spacing unit. Because no person intervened in this matter, Luff's request was approved administratively on July 28, 2014 by the Secretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

 

Case No. 7-2014-- On June 19, 2014, the department received from Continental Resources, an application requesting approval of an order authorizing the recovery of risk compensation from certain non-participating owners, for the drilling and operating of the Schmidt 21-14H well, located on a 1280-acre spacing unit described as Sections 14 and 23, Township 22 North, Range 3 East, Harding County, South Dakota. Because no person intervened in this matter, CRI's request was approved administratively on August 4, 2014 by the Secretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

 

Case No. 8-2014-- Petition withdrawn.

 

Case No. 9-2014-- Petition withdrawn.

 

Case No. 10-2014-- On September 10, 2014, the department received from Luff Exploration, an application requesting approval of an order poolng all interests in a spacing unit for the Clarkson Ranch Field described as the S/2 of Section 13 and all of Section 24, Township 22 North, Range 4 East, Harding County, South Dakota, and to authorize the recovery of risk compensation in addition to the pro rata share of reasonable, actual costs from the interest of any lessee or unleased mineral owner who elects not to participate in the risk and cost of drilling and completing a well on said spacing unit. The Board of Minerals and Environment will hold a contested case hearing on the matter on Thursday, November 20, 2014, at 10:15 a.m. CST at the Matthew Environmental Education and Training Center, Joe Foss Building, 523 East Capitol Avenue, Pierre, SD 57501, if any party intervenes and requests a hearing as provided by law. Any person who wishes to intervene in this proceeding as a party must file a petition to intervene pursuant to ARSD 74:09:01:04 on or before October 8, 2014. The above described matter will only be heard before the board if a person intervenes in this proceeding. If no petition to intervene is filed, the Secretary will approve or conditionally approve the application in accordance with SDCL 45-9-74.

 

Case No. 11-2014-- On August 27, 2014, the department received from Zenergy Operating Company, an application requesting approval of a permit to inject production water into the existing Gunderson 31P-30-19H well located in the SE/4 of the SE/4 of Section 31, Township 23 North, Range 3 East, in the Border Field, Harding County. Unless a person files a petition requesting a hearing on the above application pursuant to the provisions of ARSD 74:09:01 on or before October 8, 2014, the Secretary's recommendation will be considered final and the Secretary will approve the application in accordance with that recommendation.

 


2013 - 67 Cases

 

 

Case No. 1-2013-- On January 10, 2013, the department received from Continental Resources, Inc. (CRI) an application requesting approval of an order granting change of operator of the Central Buffalo Red River Unit for the "B" zone of the Red River formation, Harding County, South Dakota; and such further and additional relief as the board deems appropriate. Because no person intervened in this matter, CRI's request was approved administratively on March 19 by the Secretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

 

Case No. 2-2013-- On January 10, 2013, after receiving no intervention, the department approved an application from Continental Resources, Inc. (CRI) requesting approval to increase maximum injection volumes at the existing SBRRU 21-13H injection well located in the NE/4 of the NW/4, Section 13, Township 20 North, Range 4East; the SBRRU 42-10H injection well located in the SE/4 of the NE/4, Section 10, Township 20 North, Range 4 East; and the BRRU 32-21H injection well located in the SW/4 of the NE/4, Section 21, Township 21 North, Range 4 East, in the South Buffalo Red River Unit and Buffalo Red River Unit, Harding County, South Dakota.

 

Case No. 3-2013-- On January 28, 2013, the department received from Continental Resources, Inc. (CRI) an application requesting approval of an order to amend the field rules for the Buffalo Field so as to establish a 1280-acre spacing unit comprised of Sections 3 and 10, Township 21 North, Range 3 East, and to establish a 640-acre spacing unit comprised of the W/2 of Section 24 and the W/2 of Section 25, Township 22 North, Range 3 East, Buffalo Field, Harding County, South Dakota; and allow the drilling of one horizontal well on each spacing unit not less than 500 feet to the spacing unit boundary. Because no person intervened in this matter, CRI's request was approved administratively on March 19 by the Secretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

 

Case No. 4-2013-- On January 28, 2013, the department received from Continental Resources, Inc. (CRI) an application requesting approval of an order to amend the field rules for the Table Mountain Field so as to establish the following 1280-acre spacing units: Sections 2 and 11, Sections 3 and 10, Sections 4 and 9, Sections 14 and 23, and Sections 16 and 21, Township 22 North, Range 3 East, and the following overlapping 1280-acre spacing unit: Sections 15 and 22. Township 22 North, Range 3 East, Table Mountain Field, Harding County, South Dakota; and allow the drilling of one horizontal well on each spacing unit not less than 500 feet to the spacing unit boundary. Because no person intervened in this matter, CRI's request was approved administratively on March 19 by the Secretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

 

Case No. 5-2013-- On February 1, 2013, the department received from Continental Resources Inc., an application requesting approval of a permit to inject production water into the existing SBRRU 32-33A well located in the SW/4 of the NE/4 of Section 33, Township 21 North, Range 4 East, in the South Buffalo Red River Unit, Harding County, South Dakota. Because no person intervened in this matter, CRI's request was approved administratively on May 9 by the Secretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

 

Case No. 6-2013-- On February 04, 2013, the department received from Luff Exploration an application requesting approval of an order to amend the orders for the Buffalo Field, the South Medicine Pole Hills Field, the State Line Field, and the Travers Ranch Field to establish a 960-acre spacing unit for the Buffalo Field consisting of the SW/4 of Section 36 and the SE/4 of Section 35, Township 23 North, Range 4 East and the W/2 of Section 1 and the E/2 of Section 2, Township 22 North, Range 4 East, Harding County, South Dakota and authorize the drilling of a horizontal well with one or more laterals at any location not closer than 500 feet to the boundary of said spacing unit. Because no person intervened in this matter, Luff's request was approved administratively on April 1 by the Secretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

 

Case No. 7-2013-- On March 04, 2013, the department received from Prima Exploration an application requesting approval of an order to amend any applicable orders for the South Medicine Pole Hills Field to establish a 897.60-acre spacing unit consisting of lots 1, 2, 3, 4,  and S/2 of Section 20, and N/2, SE/4 of Section 29, Township 23 North, Range 4 East, Harding County, South Dakota and authorize the drilling of a horizontal well at a location not closer than 500 feet to the boundary of said spacing unit. Because no person intervened in this matter, Prima's request was approved administratively on April 29 by the Secretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

 

Case No. 8-2013-- On March 04, 2013, the department received from Prima Exploration an application requesting approval of an order to pool all interests in a 897.60-acre spacing unit consisting of lots 1, 2, 3, 4,  and S/2 of Section 20, and N/2, SE/4 of Section 29, Township 23 North, Range 4 East, Harding County, South Dakota. Because no person intervened in this matter, Prima's request was approved administratively on April 29 by the Secretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

 

Case No. 9-2013-- On March 04, 2013, the department received from Prima Exploration an application requesting approval of an order to pool all interests in a 1059.28-acre spacing unit consisting of Section 21 and Section 28, Township 23 North, Range 4 East, Harding County, South Dakota. Because no person intervened in this matter, Prima's request was approved administratively on April 29 by the Secretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

 

Case No. 10-2013-- On March 11, 2013, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (department) entered a petition requesting a contested case proceeding and approval of drilling permits with conditions including additional surety for Quartz Operations, LLC's Northern Points 1 well, located in the NW/4 of the NW/4, Section 7, Township 1 North, Range 14 East, and Northern Points 2 well, located in the NE/4 of the NE/4, Section 12, Township 1 North, Range 13 East, Pennington County, South Dakota. The department recommends that the plugging and performance bond for these wells be increased to $130,000 per well. On March 21, the Board of Minerals and Environment held a hearing in Pierre to consider the application. After hearing testimony from Quartz's expert witness and the department, and no one having contested the application, the Board approved the permits with increased surety.

 

Case No. 11-2013-- On March 25, 2013, the department received from Continental Resources Inc., an application requesting approval of permits to drill two horizontal oil and gas wells in a portion of the Buffalo Field not already spaced for horizontal wells by the Board of Minerals and Environment described as the Stafford 44-1H horizontal well, located in the SE/4 of the SE/4, Section 1, Township 21 North, Range 3 East, and the Haise 41-1H horizontal well, located in the NE/4 of the NE/4, Section 1, Township 21 North, Range 3 East, Harding County, South Dakota. Because no person intervened in this matter, CRI's request was approved administratively on May 1 by the Secretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

 

Case No. 12-2013-- Petition withdrawn.

 

Case No. 13-2013-- On April 17, 2013, the department received from Luff Exploration, an application requesting approval of a permit to inject into the existing EHSRRU J-30H well located in the NW/4 of the SE/4 of Section 30, Township 23 North, Range 6 East, in the East Harding Springs Red River Unit, Harding County, South Dakota. Because no person intervened in this matter, Luff's request was approved administratively on May 31 by the Secretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

 

Case No. 14-2013-- On April 19, 2013, the department received from Continental Resources Inc., an application requesting approval of a permit to inject into the existing BRRU 12-19 well located in the SW/4 of the NW/4 of Section 19, Township 21 North, Range 4 East, in the Buffalo Red River Unit, Harding County, South Dakota. Because no person intervened in this matter, CRI's request was approved administratively on May 31 by the Secretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

 

Case No. 15-2013-- On April 22, 2013, the department received from Continental Resources, Inc. an application requesting approval of an order to pool all interests in a 320-acre spacing unit described as the S/2 of Section 12, Township 21 North, Range 3 East, Harding County, South Dakota. Because no person intervened in this matter, CRI's request was approved administratively on June 24 by the Secretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

 

Case No. 16-2013-- On April 22, 2013, the department received from Luff Exploration an application requesting approval of an order to two overlapping 960-acre spacing units for the Buffalo Field described as (1) the E/2 of Section 33 and the W/2 of Section 34, Township 23 North, Range 4 East, and the NW/4 of Section 3 and the NE/4 of Section 4, Township 22 North, Range 4 East; and (2) the E/2 of Section 31 and all of Section 32, Township 23 North, Range 4 East, Harding County, South Dakota, and to authorize the drilling of a horizontal well with one or more laterals at any location not closer than 500 feet to the boundary of each of said spacing units. Because no person intervened in this matter, Luff's request was approved administratively on July 1 by the Secretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

 

Case No. 17-2013-- On June 20, 2013, the department received from Luff Exploration an application requesting approval of an permit to inject into the existing TRRRU O-32H well located in the SW/4 of the SE/4 of Section 32, Township 23 North, Range 5 East, in the Travers Ranch Red River Unit of the Travers Ranch Field, Harding County, South Dakota. Because no person intervened in this matter, Luff's request was approved administratively on August 2 by the Secretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

 

Case No. 18-2013-- On July 1, 2013, the department received from Continental Resources, Inc. an application requesting approval of an order amending any applicable orders for the Buffalo Field to pool all interests in a 640-acre spacing unit described as the E/2 of Section 25 and the E/2 of Section 36, Township 22 North, Range 3 East, Harding County, South Dakota. Because no person intervened in this matter, CRI's request was approved administratively on August 19 by the Secretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

 

Case No. 19-2013-- On July 1, 2013, the department received from Continental Resources, Inc. an application requesting approval of an order amending any applicable orders for the Buffalo Field to pool all interests in a 320-acre spacing unit described as the N/2 of Section 1, Township 21 North, Range 3 East, Harding County, South Dakota. Because no person intervened in this matter, CRI's request was approved administratively on August 19 by the Secretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

 

Case No. 20-2013-- On July 1, 2013, the department received from Continental Resources, Inc. an application requesting approval of an order amending any applicable orders for the Table Mountain Field to pool all interests in an overlapping 1280-acre spacing unit described as Sections 16 and 21, Township 22 North, Range 3 East, Harding County, South Dakota. Because no person intervened in this matter, CRI's request was approved administratively on August 19 by the Secretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

 

Case No. 21-2013-- On July 1, 2013, the department received from Continental Resources, Inc. an application requesting approval of an order amending any applicable orders for the Table Mountain Field to pool all interests in an overlapping 1280-acre spacing unit described as Sections 15 and 22, Township 22 North, Range 3 East, Harding County, South Dakota. Because no person intervened in this matter, CRI's request was approved administratively on August 19 by the Secretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

 

Case No. 22-2013-- On July 1, 2013, the department received from Continental Resources, Inc. an application requesting approval of an order amending any applicable orders for the Table Mountain Field to pool all interests in an 1280-acre spacing unit described as Sections 4 and 9, Township 22 North, Range 3 East, Harding County, South Dakota. Because no person intervened in this matter, CRI's request was approved administratively on August 19 by the Secretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

 

Case No. 23-2013-- On July 1, 2013, the department received from Continental Resources, Inc. an application requesting approval of an order amending any applicable orders for the Table Mountain Field to pool all interests in an 1280-acre spacing unit described as Sections 3 and 10, Township 22 North, Range 3 East, Harding County, South Dakota. Because no person intervened in this matter, CRI's request was approved administratively on August 19 by the Secretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

 

Case No. 24-2013-- On July 1, 2013, the department received from Continental Resources, Inc. an application requesting approval of an order amending any applicable orders for the Buffalo Field to pool all interests in an 1280-acre spacing unit described as Sections 3 and 10, Township 21 North, Range 3 East, Harding County, South Dakota. Because no person intervened in this matter, CRI's request was approved administratively on August 19 by the Secretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

 

Case No. 25-2013-- On July 1, 2013, the department received from Continental Resources, Inc. an application requesting approval of an order amending any applicable orders for the Buffalo Field to pool all interests in an 960-acre spacing unit described as all of Section 13 and the E/2 of Section 24, Township 21 North, Range 3 East, Harding County, South Dakota. Because no person intervened in this matter, CRI's request was approved administratively on August 19 by the Secretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

 

Case No. 26-2013-- On July 5, 2013, the department received from Continental Resources, Inc. an application requesting approval of an order amending Order No. 6-83, and any other field orders or spacing rules so as to allow the Mitchell 31-16H well, located in the NW/4 of the NE/4 of Section 16, Township 22 North, Range 3 East, Table Mountain Field, Harding County, South Dakota, to be located, completed, and/or to produce at a distance of not less than 500 feet from the Koch 34-16 State well.Because no person intervened in this matter, CRI's request was approved administratively on August 19 by the Secretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

 

Case No. 27-2013-- On July 15, 2013, the department received from Continental Resources, Inc. an application requesting approval of an order amending any applicable orders for the Table Mountain Field to pool all interests in an 1280-acre spacing unit described as all of Sections 2 and 11, Township 22 North, Range 3 East, Harding County, South Dakota. Because no person intervened in this matter, CRI's request was approved administratively on August 26 by the Secretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

 

Case No. 28-2013-- On July 26, 2013, the department received from Luff Exploration an application requesting approval of an order pooling all interests in a spacing unit for the South Medicine Pole Hills Field described as the E/2 of Section 33 and the W/2 of Section 34, Township 23 North, Range 4 East and the NW/4 of Section 3 and the NE/4 of Section 4, Township 22 North, Range 4 East, Harding County, South Dakota. After hearing testimony from Luff's expert witness, the Board of Minerals and Environment voted 6 to 1 to approve Luff's request. The board issued the Findings of Fact, Conclusions of Law, and Order at its regularly scheduled meeting on November 21, 2013.

 

Case No. 29-2013-- Petition withdrawn.

 

Case No. 30-2013-- On August 5, 2013, the department received from Continental Resources, Inc. an application requesting approval of an order amending any applicable orders for the Buffalo Field to pool all interests  for the Aldrin 24-25H well, located on a 640-acre spacing unit described as the W/2 of Section 24 and the W/2 of Section 25, Township 22 North, Range 3 East, Harding County, South Dakota. Because no person intervened in this matter, CRI's request was approved administratively on September 16 by the Secretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

 

Case No. 31-2013-- On August 5, 2013, the department received from Continental Resources, Inc. an application requesting approval of an order amending any applicable orders for the Table Mountain Field to pool all interests for the Schmidt 21-14H well, located on a 1280-acre spacing unit described as all of Sections 14 and 23, Township 22 North, Range 3 East, Harding County, South Dakota. Because no person intervened in this matter, CRI's request was approved administratively on September 16 by the Secretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

 

Case No. 32-2013-- On August 15, 2013, the department received from Continental Resources, Inc. an application requesting approval of an order authorizing the recovery of a risk penalty from non-participating owners, for the drilling and operating of the Lennerville 44-12H well located in a spacing unit described as the S/2 of Section 12, Township 21 North, Range 3 East, Buffalo Field, Harding County, South Dakota. On October 11, CRI requested dismissal of this case.

 

Case No. 33-2013-- On September 9, 2013, the department received from Continental Resources, Inc. an application requesting approval of an order amending the field rules for the Table Mountain Field and establish the following overlapping 1280-acre spacing unit: Sections 1 and 12, Township 22 North, Range 3 East, and the following 1280-acre spacing units: Sections 17 and 20, Sections 18 and 19, sections 29 and 32, and Sections 30 and 31. Township 22 North, Range 3 East, Table Mountain Field, Harding County, South Dakota; and allow the drilling of one horizontal well on each spacing unit. On October 11, CRI requested dismissal of Sections 30 and 31, Township 22 North, Range 3 East from this case. Because no person intervened in this matter, CRI's request was approved administratively on October 21 by the Secretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

 

Case No. 34-2013-- On September 9, 2013, the department received from Continental Resources, Inc. an application requesting approval of an order amending the field rules for the Buffalo Field and establish the following 1280-acre spacing units:  Sections 2 and 11, Sections 4 and 9, Sections 5 and 8, Township 21 North, Range 3 East, the following 480-acre spacing unit: N/2 and SE/4 of Section 15, Township 21 North, Range 3 East, the following 960-acre spacing unit: all of Section 13 and the E/2 of Section 24, Township 22 North, Range 3 East, the following 1280-acre spacing units: Section s26 and 35, Sections 27 and 34, and Sections 28 and 33, Township 22 North, Range 3 East, and the following 320-acre spacing unit: W/2 of Section 36, Township 22 North, Range 3 East, Buffalo Field, Harding County, South Dakota; and allow the drilling of one horizontal well on each spacing unit. Because no person intervened in this matter, CRI's request was approved administratively on October 21 by the Secretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

 

Case No. 35-2013-- On September 9, 2013, the department received from Continental Resources, Inc. an application requesting approval of an order amending any applicable orders for the Table Mountain Field to pool all interests in an overlapping 1280-acre spacing unit described as all of Sections 1 and 12, Township 22 North, Range 3 East, Harding County, South Dakota. Because no person intervened in this matter, CRI's request was approved administratively on October 21 by the Secretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

 

Case No. 36-2013-- On September 9, 2013, the department received from Continental Resources, Inc. an application requesting approval of an order amending any applicable orders for the Table Mountain Field to pool all interests in a 1280-acre spacing unit described as all of Sections 18 and 19, Township 22 North, Range 3 East, Harding County, South Dakota. Because no person intervened in this matter, CRI's request was approved administratively on October 21 by the Secretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

 

Case No. 37-2013-- On September 9, 2013, the department received from Continental Resources, Inc. an application requesting approval of an order amending any applicable orders for the Table Mountain Field to pool all interests in a 1280-acre spacing unit described as all of Sections 17 and 20, Township 22 North, Range 3 East, Harding County, South Dakota. Because no person intervened in this matter, CRI's request was approved administratively on October 21 by the Secretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

 

Case No. 38-2013-- On September 9, 2013, the department received from Continental Resources, Inc. an application requesting approval of an order amending any applicable orders for the Table Mountain Field to pool all interests in a 1280-acre spacing unit described as all of Sections 30 and 31, Township 22 North, Range 3 East, Harding County, South Dakota. On October 11, CRI requested dismissal of this case.

 

Case No. 39-2013-- On September 9, 2013, the department received from Continental Resources, Inc. an application requesting approval of an order amending any applicable orders for the Table Mountain Field to pool all interests in a 1280-acre spacing unit described as all of Sections 29 and 32, Township 22 North, Range 3 East, Harding County, South Dakota. Because no person intervened in this matter, CRI's request was approved administratively on October 21 by the Secretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

 

Case No. 40-2013-- On September 9, 2013, the department received from Continental Resources, Inc. an application requesting approval of an order amending any applicable orders for the Buffalo Field to pool all interests in a 960-acre spacing unit described as all of Section 13 and the E/2 of Section 24, Township 22 North, Range 3 East, Harding County, South Dakota. Because no person intervened in this matter, CRI's request was approved administratively on October 21 by the Secretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

 

Case No. 41-2013-- On September 9, 2013, the department received from Continental Resources, Inc. an application requesting approval of an order amending any applicable orders for the Buffalo Field to pool all interests in a 1280-acre spacing unit described as all of Sections 28 and 33, Township 22 North, Range 3 East, Harding County, South Dakota. Because no person intervened in this matter, CRI's request was approved administratively on October 21 by the Secretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

 

Case No. 42-2013-- On September 9, 2013, the department received from Continental Resources, Inc. an application requesting approval of an order amending any applicable orders for the Buffalo Field to pool all interests in a 1280-acre spacing unit described as all of Sections 27 and 34, Township 22 North, Range 3 East, Harding County, South Dakota. Because no person intervened in this matter, CRI's request was approved administratively on October 21 by the Secretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

 

Case No. 43-2013-- On September 9, 2013, the department received from Continental Resources, Inc. an application requesting approval of an order amending any applicable orders for the Buffalo Field to pool all interests in a 1280-acre spacing unit described as all of Sections 26 and 35, Township 22 North, Range 3 East, Harding County, South Dakota. Because no person intervened in this matter, CRI's request was approved administratively on October 21 by the Secretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

 

Case No. 44-2013-- Petition withdrawn.

 

Case No. 45-2013-- On September 9, 2013, the department received from Continental Resources, Inc. an application requesting approval of an order amending any applicable orders for the Buffalo Field to pool all interests in a 1280-acre spacing unit described as all of Sections 5 and 8, Township 21 North, Range 3 East, Harding County, South Dakota. Because no person intervened in this matter, CRI's request was approved administratively on October 21 by the Secretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

 

Case No. 46-2013-- On September 9, 2013, the department received from Continental Resources, Inc. an application requesting approval of an order amending any applicable orders for the Buffalo Field to pool all interests in a 1280-acre spacing unit described as all of Sections 4 and 9, Township 21 North, Range 3 East, Harding County, South Dakota. Because no person intervened in this matter, CRI's request was approved administratively on October 21 by the Secretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

 

Case No. 47-2013-- On September 9, 2013, the department received from Continental Resources, Inc. an application requesting approval of an order amending any applicable orders for the Buffalo Field to pool all interests in a 1280-acre spacing unit described as all of Sections 2 and 11, Township 21 North, Range 3 East, Harding County, South Dakota. Because no person intervened in this matter, CRI's request was approved administratively on October 21 by the Secretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

 

Case No. 48-2013-- On September 9, 2013, the department received from Continental Resources, Inc. an application requesting approval of an order amending any applicable orders for the Buffalo Field to pool all interests in a 480-acre spacing unit described as the N/2 and SE/4 of Section 15, Township 21 North, Range 3 East, Harding County, South Dakota. Because no person intervened in this matter, CRI's request was approved administratively on October 21 by the Secretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

 

Case No. 49-2013-- On January 16, 2014, after receiving no intervention, the department approved an application from Continental Resources, Inc. (CRI) requesting approval of a permit to inject production water into the existing Hansen State 34-1 well located in the SW/4 of the SE/4 of Section 1, Township 22 North, Range 3 East, Table Mountain Field, Harding County.

 

Case No. 50-2013-- Petition withdrawn

 

Case No. 51-2013-- On November 15, 2013, the department received from Zenergy Operating Company an application requesting approval of an order amending the field rules for the Border Field and to establish the following 1,280-acre spacing units: Sections 5 and 8, and Sections 6 and 7, Township 22 North, Range 3 East, and the following 1,700-acre spacing units: Sections 19, 30, and 31, and Sections 20, 29, and 32, Township 23 North, Range 3 East, Border Field, Harding County South Dakota; and allow the drilling of one horizontal well on each spacing unit. Because no person intervened in this matter, Zenergy's request was approved administratively on January 21, 2014 by the Secretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

 

Case No. 52-2013-- Petition withdrawn

 

Case No. 53-2013-- Petition withdrawn

 

Case No. 54-2013-- On November 15, 2013, the department received from Zenergy Operating Company an application requesting approval of an order amending any applicable orders for the Border Field to pool all interests in a 1,280-acre spacing unit described as all of Sections 5 and 8, Township 22 North, Range 3 East, Harding County. Because no person intervened in this matter, Zenergy's request was approved administratively on January 21, 2014 by the Secretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

 

Case No. 55-2013-- On November 15, 2013, the department received from Zenergy Operating Company an application requesting approval of an order amending any applicable orders for the Border Field to pool all interests in a 1,280-acre spacing unit described as all of Sections 6 and 7, Township 22 North, Range 3 East, Harding County. Because no person intervened in this matter, Zenergy's request was approved administratively on January 21, 2014 by the Secretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

 

Case No. 56-2013-- On November 15, 2013, the department received from Zenergy Operating Company an application requesting approval of an order amending any applicable orders for the Border Field to pool all interests in a 1,700-acre spacing unit described as all of Sections 19, 30, and 31, Township 23 North, Range 3 East, Harding County. Because no person intervened in this matter, Zenergy's request was approved administratively on January 21, 2014 by the Secretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

 

Case No. 57-2013-- On November 15, 2013, the department received from Zenergy Operating Company an application requesting approval of an order amending any applicable orders for the Border Field to pool all interests in a 1,700-acre spacing unit described as all of Sections 20, 29, and 32, Township 23 North, Range 3 East, Harding County. Because no person intervened in this matter, Zenergy's request was approved administratively on January 21, 2014 by the Secretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

 

Case No. 58-2013-- Petition withdrawn.

 

Case No. 59-2013-- Petition withdrawn.

 

Case No. 60-2013-- On November 27, 2013, the department received from Continental Resources an application requesting approval of an authorizing the recovery of risk compensation from certain non-participating owners, for the drilling and operating of the Conrad 24-11H well located in a spacing unit described as Sections 2 and 11, Township 22 North, Range 3 East, Table Mountain Field, Harding County. Because no person intervened in this matter, CRI's request was approved administratively on January 27, 2014 by the Secretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

 

Case No. 61-2013-- On November 27, 2013, the department received from Continental Resources an application requesting approval of an order authorizing the recovery of risk compensation from certain non-participating owners, for the drilling and operating of the Mitchell 31-16H well located in a spacing unit described as Sections 16 and 21, Township 22 North, Range 3 East, Table Mountain Field, Harding County. Because no person intervened in this matter, CRI's request was approved administratively on January 27, 2014 by the Secretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

 

Case No. 62-2013-- On November 27, 2013, the department received from Continental Resources an application requesting approval of an order authorizing the recovery of risk compensation from certain non-participating owners, for the drilling and operating of the Aldrin 24-25H well located in a spacing unit described as the W/2 of Section 24 and the W/2 of Section 25, Township 22 North, Range 3 East, Buffalo Field, Harding County. Because no person intervened in this matter, CRI's request was approved administratively on January 27, 2014 by the Secretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

 

Case No. 63-2013-- Petition withdrawn.

 

Case No. 64-2013-- On December 26, 2013, the department received from Luff Exploration an application requesting approval of an order vacating an existing 640-acre spacing unit consisting of all of Section 35, Township 23 North, Range 6 East, and establishing instead a 320-acre spacing unit consisting of the W/2 of Section 35, and authorize the drilling of a horizontal well at any location not closer than 500 feet to the boundary of said spacing unit. Because no person intervened in this matter, Luff's request was approved administratively on March 24, 2014 by the Secretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

 

Case No. 65-2013-- On December 26, 2013, the department received from Luff Exploration an application requesting approval of an order to include all of Sections 22 and 23, Township 23 North, Range 3 East, Harding County within the Table Mountain Field and to establish a spacing unit containing 831.36 acres, more or less, and consisting of Sections 22 and 23, and authorize the drilling of a horizontal well at any location not closer than 500 feet to the boundary of said spacing unit. Because no person intervened in this matter, Luff's request was approved administratively on March 24, 2014 by the Secretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

 

Case No. 66-2013-- On December 26, 2013, the department received from Luff Exploration an application requesting approval of an order authorizing the recovery of risk compensation in addition to the pro rata share of reasonable, actual costs from the interests of certain unleased mineral owners who elected not to participate in the risk and cost of drilling and completing the McKitrick I-28H well on a spacing unit described as the SW/4 of Section 27, the SE/4 of Section 28, the E/2 of Section 33, and the W/2 of Section 34, all in Township 23 North, Range 4 East, Harding County. Because no person intervened in this matter, Luff's request was approved administratively on February 14 by the Secretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

 

Case No. 67-2013-- On December 30, 2013, the department received from Luff Exploration an application requesting approval of a permit to inject into the existing TRRRU D-5H well located in the NW/4 of the NW/4 of Section 5, Township 22 North, Range 5 East, in the Travers Ranch Red River Unit of the Travers Ranch Field, Harding County, to support the water flood in the "B" zone of the Red River Formation in the Travers Ranch Red River Unit for enhanced recovery of oil and gas. Because no person intervened in this matter, Luff's request was approved administratively on February 14 by the Secretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

 


2012 - 19 Cases

 

 

Case No. 1-2012--Results of March 15, 2012 Hearing--On February 2, 2012, the department received from Continental Resources, Inc. (CRI) an application requesting approval of an order that would allow drilling a horizontal well across the border between the South Buffalo Red River and West Buffalo Red River enhanced oil recovery units in Harding County. On March 15, the Board of Minerals and Environment held a hearing in Pierre to consider CRI's application. After hearing testimony from Continental's expert witnesses and the department, and no one having contested the application, the Board unanimously issued the requested order.

 

Case No. 2-2012-- Petition withdrawn.

 

Case No. 3-2012--On May 4, 2012, after receiving no intervention, the department approved an application from Continental Resources, Inc. to inject air into the existing SBRRU 42-10H well, located in the SE/4 of the NE/4 of Section 10, Township 20 North, Range 4 East, Harding County, South Dakota, for the purpose of continuing long-term enhanced recovery of oil from the Red River "B" zone reservoir.

 

Case No. 4-2012--Results of June 14, 2012 Hearing-- On April 16, 2012, the department received from Luff Exploration Company (Luff) an application requesting an order approving the operation of a portion of the Travers Ranch Field, the State Line Field, and the Yellow Hair Field as the Travers Ranch Red River Unit, providing for the recovery of risk compensation, and amending existing orders to include all of the lands in the Travers Ranch Field. On June 14, the Board of Minerals and Environment held a hearing in Pierre to consider Luff's application. After hearing testimony from Luff's expert witnesses and the department, and no one having contested the application, the Board unanimously approved the requested order.

 

Case No. 5-2012-- Petition withdrawn.

 

Case No. 6-2012--On June 1, 2012, after receiving no intervention, the department approved an application from Continental Resources, Inc. to inject air into the existing SBRRU 21-13H well, located in the NE/4 of the NW/4 of Section 13, Township 20 North, Range 4 East, Harding County, South Dakota, for the purpose of continuing long-term enhanced recovery of oil from the Red River "B" zone reservoir.

 

Case No. 7-2012--Results of July 19, 2012 Hearing-- On May 15, 2012, the department received from Luff Exploration Company an application requesting an order amending the applicable orders for the South Medicine Pole Hills Field to establish a 960-acre spacing unit consisting of the SW/4 of Section 27, the SE/4 of Section 28, the E/2 of Section 33, and the W/2 of Section 34, all in Township 23 North, Range 4 East, Harding County, SD and authorizing the drilling of a horizontal well not closer than 500 feet to the boundary of the spacing unit. On July 19, the Board of Minerals and Environment held a hearing in Pierre to consider Luff's application. After hearing testimony from Luff's expert witnesses and the department, and no one having contested the application, the Board unanimously approved the requested order.

 

Case No. 8-2012--Results of October 17, 2012 Hearing-- On July 2, 2012, the department received from Peter K. Roosevelt an application requesting approval of an order to establish a field for the production of oil and gas from the Leo Sands of the Minnelusa formation, consisting of all of Section 24, Township 9 South, Range 1 East, and the NW/4 and W/2 of the NE/4 of Section 19, Township 9 South, Range 2 East, Fall River County, South Dakota, with spacing of one well per 40-acre tract, each well to be located not closer than 200 feet from the spacing unit boundary, and not closer than 800 feet to the nearest well drilled to or producing from the Leo Sands of the Minnelusa formation. On October 17, 2012 the Board of Minerals and Environment held a hearing in Pierre to consider Peter K. Roosevelt's application. The application was approved and the final order was presented to and approved by the Board during their November 15, 2012 hearing.

 

Case No. 9-2012-- On August 22, 2012, after receiving no intervention, the department approved an application from Black River Exploration for permits to drill two oil and gas test wells at exception locations to statewide spacing, described as the BRX Collins 1 well, located 2,079 feet from the west line and 3,040 feet from the south line; and the BRX Collins 1B well, located 2,079 feet from the west line and 3,050 feet from the south line; both wells located in the SE/4 of the NW/4 of Section 5, Township 7 South, Range 4 East, Fall River County, South Dakota.

 

Case No. 10-2012-- On July 20, 2012, the department received from Zenergy Operating Company an application requesting approval of an order amending the applicable orders for the Buffalo Field to establish a 320-acre spacing unit consisting of the N/2 of Section 12, Township 21 North, Range 3 East, Harding County, South Dakota and authorizing the drilling of a horizontal well not closer than 500 feet to the boundary of the spacing unit. Because no person intervened in this matter, Zenergy's request was approved administratively on October 22 by the Secretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

 

Case No. 11-2012--On August 1, 2012, the department received from Prima Exploration, Inc. an application requesting approval of an order amending the applicable orders for the South Medicine Pole Hills Field to establish an overlapping 1059.28-acre spacing unit consisting of all of Section 21 and Section 28, Township 23 North, Range 4 East, Harding County, South Dakota and authorizing the drilling of a horizontal well not closer than 500 feet to the boundary of the spacing unit. Because no person intervened in this matter, Prima's request was approved administratively by the Secretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources. If a party had intervened in this matter, the case would have been heard before the Board of Minerals and Environment and would have been subject to board approval. The administrative approval of this case represents a change in how oil and gas orders are approved. The new streamlined approval process, which became effective on July 1, 2012, stems from recent changes to South Dakota's Oil and Gas statutes that were approved by the 2012 Legislature in House Bill 1012.

 

Case No. 12-2012--Results of October 17, 2012 Hearing-- On July 26, 2012, the department received from Luff Exploration Company an application requesting approval of an order pooling all interests in a spacing unit for the South Medicine Pole Hills Field described as the SW/4 of Section 27, the SE/4 of Section 28, the E/2 of Section 33, and the W/2 of Section 34 all in Township 23 North, Range 4 East, Harding County, South Dakota. On October 17, 2012 the Board of Minerals and Environment held a hearing in Pierre to consider Luff's application. After hearing testimony from Luff's expert witnesses and the department, the Board unanimously approved the order.

 

Case No. 13-2012-- On September 7, 2012, after receiving no intervention, the department approved from Luff Exploration an application for approval of a permit to inject into the existing Janvrin O-33H well located in the SW/4 of the SE/4 Section 33, Township 23 North, Range 5 East, in the Travers Ranch Red River Unit of the Travers Ranch Field, Harding County, South Dakota, to support the water flood in the "B" zone of the Red River Formation for enhanced recovery of oil and gas.

 

Case No. 14-2012-- On September 28, 2012, the department received from Continental Resources, Incorporated an application requesting approval of an order pooling all interests in a spacing unit for the Buffalo Field described as the N/2 of Section 12,Township 21 North, Range 3 East, Harding County, South Dakota. Because no person intervened in this matter, Continental Resource's request was approved administratively on January 16, 2013 by the Secretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

 

Case No. 15-2012-- On October 1, 2012, the department received from Continental Resources, Incorporated an application requesting approval of an order that would allow drilling a horizontal well across the border between the South Buffalo Red River and West Buffalo Red River enhanced oil recovery units located in Sections 31 and 32, Township 21 North, Range 4 East and Sections 5 and 6, Township 20 North, Range 4 East, Harding County, South Dakota. Because no person intervened in this matter, Continental Resource's request was approved administratively on November 5 by the Secretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

 

Case No. 16-2012-- On October 2, 2012, the department received from Citation Oil and Gas Corporation an application requesting approval to increase maximum injection pressures at the existing Clarkson 6-21H injection well located in the SE/4 of the NW/4 of Section 21, Township 21 North, Range 3 East; the Clarkson 6-22 injection well located in the SE/4 of the NW/4 of Section 22, Township 21 North, Range 3 East; the Olson 15-22 injection well located in the SW4 of the SE/4 of Section 22, Township 21 North, Range 3 East; and the State 44-16H injection well located in the SE/4 of the SE/4 of Section 16, Township 21 North, Range 3 East, in the West Buffalo "B" Red River Unit, Harding County, South Dakota. The department approved the application by letter on December 3, 2012.

 

Case No. 17-2012-- On October 2, 2012, the department received from Citation Oil and Gas Corporation an application requesting approval to increase maximum injection pressure at the existing Clarkson 2-26H injection well located in the SW/4 of the NW/4 of Section 26, Township 21 North, Range 3 East, in the West Buffalo "B" Red River Unit, Harding County, South Dakota. The department approved the application by letter on December 3, 2012.

 

Case No. 18-2012-- On October 24, 2012, the department received from Peter K. Roosevelt an application requesting approval of a permit to inject into the existing 14-25 Stearns well located in the SE/4 of the SW/4 of Section 25, Township 9 South, Range 2 East, Fall River County, South Dakota. After hearing testimony from Peter K. Roosevelt's expert witness and the department, the Board unanimously approved the requested order.

 

Case No. 19-2012-- On October 24, 2012, the department received from Continental Resources, Inc. an application requesting approval of a permit to inject into the existing BRRU 32-21H well located in the SW/4 of the NE/4 of Section 21, Township 21 North, Range 4 East, Harding County, South Dakota. The department approved the application by letter on January 2, 2013.

 

 

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