Commissioner: Production of new oil wells in Converse County ‘positive’

By: 
Cinthia Stimson with the Douglas Budget, via the Wyoming News Exchange

DOUGLAS — Converse County’s energy industry continues to roll along at a steady pace this winter while leading the Cowboy State in standing oil wells. 

Energy industry data, software and insight company ENVERUS reported there are eight standing oil rigs in Converse County and a total of 19 in Wyoming overall as of Nov. 17. 

In addition to the Converse rig count, there are seven rigs in Campbell County, one each in Fremont and Washakie counties, and two rigs in Laramie County. 

“Overall, we’re doing really well regarding energy in Converse County,” according to Converse County Commissioner Jim Willox.

Converse County Road & Bridge (R&B) reported 10 rigs inside the county as of Oct. 31, although there may or may not be more, officials stated. 

As of last month, the rigs tracked by R&B were located around Highland Loop Road, West Side, 20 Mile Creek, Ross Road, and East Side. 

“There could be more,” R&B Administrative Assistant Crimson Miller said, “but those are the ones on county roads. We only permit for county roads so when they move on other roads, we don’t necessarily know about those.” 

R&B does add known wells to its data as it learns about them, she said. 

The Department of Environmental Quality has put out several legal notices lately requesting public comment on proposed new wells in Converse County. 

Included in those are requests by oil company Continental Resources, Inc., which wants to construct and operate a new sweet crude oil and natural gas production facility named Bosco State 3773-1423 3NH/4NH PAD (F030844), consisting of the Bosco State 3773-1423 3NH and 4NH wells, located approximately 17 miles west of Bill. 

Continental also has a request in to modify and operate the BB 19-35-70 USA B PAD (F029586), approximately 16 miles north/northeast of Douglas; and a third request to modify and operate the Spearhead State 24-36 PAD (F025455) with the addition of production and equipment associated with two new wells, (Spearhead Fed 3975-0112 1SH and 3SH), about 30 miles west/ northwest of Bill. 

Anadarko E&P Onshore LLC has also requested DEQ to approve construction and operation of an oil and natural gas production facility known as the Lund 3470-3 PAD (F030878), consisting of the Lund 3470-3 N1H, N2H, N3H, N4H, T1H and T2H wells 16 miles north/northeast of Douglas. 

DEQ also shows another request by Anadarko for an additional oil/gas production facility called the Ella Fed 3570-33-T2H, 16-T2H PAD (F030880), consisting of the Ella Fed 3570-33-T2H and 3570-16-T2H wells,16 miles outside of Douglas. 

It is likely there is more activity going on with these and other oil companies, officials said. 

Willox said the production of new wells inside Converse County is positive – and continues to look positive for the foreseeable future. 

“It’s important for Converse County and for (energy) companies to stay active. We’re providing much needed energy for the country, as well, with the uncertainty going on overseas. We continue to want responsible development – and, we continue to have that,” he said. 

Numerous messages to Wyoming Oil & Gas Conservation Commission Supervisor Tom Kropatsch seeking additional information were not returned. 

A WOGCC Supervisor’s Report has not been issued since July (June 2022 report/data). 

Worldwide oil watchdog group oilprice.com said Friday that the total rig count in the United States increased to 782 as of Nov. 18 — “219 rigs higher than the rig count this time in 2021, and 297 rigs lower than the rig count at the beginning of 2019, prior to the pandemic.” 

As of Friday afternoon, West Texas Intermediate (WTI) sat at $78.79 per barrel of oil, Brent Crude came in at $86.86 a barrel, and OPEC Basket was priced at $ 91.72 per barrel (oilprice.com).

 

This story was published on Nov. 23, 2022.

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