Last week Gov. Jack Dalrymple implored that an oil company developing an expansive drilling unit to be mindful of Little Missouri State Park as work in the area continues.
As reported by Forum News Service, Dalrymple made the comment after the Industrial Commission, North Dakota’s three-member oil and gas regulatory body, received updated information about the progress of the Corral Creek-Bakken Unit. The 30,000-acre oil development is located near Killdeer and includes park land.
Dalrymple said, “I hope that we do let people know out there, including ConocoPhillips, that we would like to continue to stay back from the Little Missouri as much as possible and continue to preserve the view-scape as much as possible. I think they know that. But let’s keep reminding them that remains the same.”
When the drilling project was approved four years ago, ConocoPhillips had plans to drill 81 wells. The site already had 12 wells drilled, and the timeline of the project was expected to span 3.5 years. More wells have been added since, though. As reported by the FNS, last month the unit had 120 producing wells, 14 wells partially drilled with plans to drill 60 more.
Director of Mineral Resources Lynn Helms said ConocoPhillips has met or surpassed all of the requirements to develop the unit, noting how the company moved some wells away from the river valley in favor of a safer location.