Friday, December 24, 2010

Divide County, ND: Bakken shale Update

By Andrea:

SM Energy Company (SM) recently announced that they plan to invest roughly $170 million, or approximately 20% of its drilling capital, in 2011 on projects targeting the Bakken and Three Forks intervals in the Williston Basin. SM Energy plans to operate two (2) drilling rigs through the first half of next year, with the addition of a third rig planned at mid-year. Substantially all of this activity is expected to occur in McKenzie and Divide counties, North Dakota. Operations in McKenzie County will focus on the horizontal Bakken wells in the Company's Raven prospect area in the western portion of the county, with SM Energy operating approximately two-thirds of this activity. Activity in Divide County will target the Three Forks interval and will be entirely operated by the Company.

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