(Allottee or allotted refers to individual owners, tribal refers to the Three Affiliated Tribes or Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara, allotted or tribal trust refers
to individual or tribal mineral rights or land held in trust by the U.S. government, and fee refers to land or mineral rights not held in trust by the federal government.)
- 100 wells with tribal interest.
- 7 wells with 100 percent tribal interest.
- A total of 316 producing wells since 2008 that have allotted or tribal trust interest.
- Total number of wells waiting on completion or pipeline 95.
- Total number of applications for permit to drill (APD's) approved 412.
- Total number APD's pending 304.
- Total of 100 producing wells with tribal trust interest since 2008.
- Allotted barrels produced 13.5 million barrels.
- Tribal barrels produced 3.5 million barrels.
- May oil production (trust/fee Fort Berthold Reservation) 3.1 million barrels of oil equivalent (MMBOE).
- May oil production (North Dakota) 19.8 MMBOE.
- Total number of rigs operating on the reservation (trust/fee) 34, including 6 on fee.
- Cumulative distributions by lessee (Mandan, Hidatsa, Arikara tribal well interest):
Spotted Hawk: $2,533,336
All others: $7,702,579
The data is collected from the Bureau of Indian Affairs Fort Berthold Agency, North Dakota Industrial Commission Oil and Gas, and Tall Salt Consultants.
Lynn Helms, Bismarck, director of the North Dakota Department of Mineral Resources, said in his August edition of "Director's Report, published on the North Dakota Oil and Gas Divison's website at (www.dmr.nd.gov/oilgas/) that the number of rigs actively drilling on federal surface in the Dakota Prairie Grasslands in western North Dakota is steady at three.
Statewide, there was a new all-time high of 7,352 producing wells (preliminary number) for June.
As of Thursday, the rig count was 190, a decline from May, June and July when the rig count was 211, 213 and again 211, respectively. The all-time high rig count was 218 on May 29 of this year.
More than 95 percent of the drilling in North Dakota still targets the Bakken and Three Forks Formations, Helms said.
He said drilling permit activity has increased as more multi-well pads are being drilled and locations need to be built before winter weather starts.
He said good weather and additional crews has resulted in increased hydraulic fracturing activity and increased production.
Helms also said the crude oil take away by pipeline now is less than 50 percent of daily production, but rail and truck transportation are adequate to keep up with the near term production projections.