Red River play, Gulf Canada deal boost Williston basin

High levels of activity in the Williston basin are assured this year with an expanding horizontal drilling play for oil in Ordovician Red River. The Red River play, like the Mississippian Lodgepole mound play, is centered in North Dakota. But the Red River play is much larger, extending into eastern Montana and northwestern South Dakota (Fig. 1 [97462 bytes]). More than 500 Red River B wells have been staked. Lodgepole mound oil completions have been restricted thus far to Stark County, N.D. This play has cooled markedly since its 1995 heyday, partly due to difficulty with identifying the reservoirs on 3D seismic profiles, says a new publication from Petroleum Information Corp., Hou...

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