Reading the article on the Bakken shale in April’s EXPLORER reminded me of a little known piece of history about this resource.
As a young geologist fresh out of school in 1990, I was sent to the wellsite of a Shell well in North Dakota. It was the company’s first horizontal well in the Williston Basin.
Called the Connell 24-27, it drilled a 3,665-foot lateral into the Bakken, and tested 1,500 barrels per day of 46 API oil.
Months later I received a plexiglass plaque for my work on the well – and given the news that the project had been abandoned by management as an uneconomic “technical success!”
It took more than a decade later for others to “discover” this great play.
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