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Frequently Asked Questions


Directional Surveys

Does the state have guidelines for utilizing directional tools?

Yes. See the information below:

When filing certified surveys please follow these guidelines:

1. All wells must be depicted exactly as they were drilled. We require that all original laterals and any sidetracks be kept separately, labeled as to what they depict (e.g.: leg 1, or leg-sidetrack 1, etc.), and filed in their entirety from the tie-in point to a projection to total measured depth of each leg or sidetrack.

2. When additional laterals and/or sidetracks are surveyed, the tie-in point should be listed as the first survey. Do not include any surveys prior to the tie-in as they are required to be filed with the previous lateral or sidetrack. The survey point used for the tie-in should be the last survey run immediately above the sidetrack depth.

3. All surveys must be submitted and no surveys should be deleted at any time unless they are outside your company's parameters for a "good survey" and cannot be corrected using an approved method.

4. Within 30 days of attaining total depth, all surveys, including the certification, must be submitted to the Commission as one Adobe (.pdf) document to: certsurvey@nd.gov

5. Surveys must always be corrected to True North and a notation made to that effect.

Measurement inaccuracies need not be considered when determining compliance with the spacing/drilling unit boundary setback requirements except in the following scenarios:

1. When the angle between the well bore and the respective spacing/drilling unit boundary is 10 degrees or less.

2. If industry standard methods and equipment are not utilized.

3. When deemed necessary by the Director.

If measurement inaccuracies are required to be considered, a 2˚ MWD measurement inaccuracy is applied to the well bore from the KOP to TD and is calculated by multiplying the tangent of 2˚ (which equals 0.03492) by the corresponding coordinate distance. The new setback can be calculated at any point by taking the distance traveled north/south times the tangent of 2˚ and adding it to the east/west setback or taking the distance traveled east/west times the tangent of 2˚ and adding it to the north/south setback. (*Tool error will not be considered if a 1220' setback is applied).

The requirements for surveying horizontal well bores are as follows:

1. Directional surveys are required at least 30' in the build section (or when steering the well) and at least every 90' in the lateral portion of the well bore while rotating. A waiver to the 30' survey interval may be obtained if 45' drill pipe is utilized.

2. Gyro surveys are required at 100' intervals on all cased hole re-entry operations.

3. Directional surveys are required at 100' intervals in the vertical portion of the well bore with the tie-in point located at the surface casing shoe except in the following cases:

a. Tie to the surface if an MWD tool or GYRO is run from surface.

b. Tie in at 30' below surface casing shoe if a continuous directional log is run (e.g. Schlumberger GPIT log).

4. Lastly, proper magnetic spacing must be maintained in order to insure azimuth accuracy.

If I am a directional drilling contractor and own directional tools do I need to be pre-approved by the state?

Yes, we require all directional contractors to be registered by the Secretary of State. In addition, the owner of the directional tool must submit tool specifications to ensure industry standards are being utilized.

How soon does the owner of the directional tool need to send in the certified survey after the well attains total depth?

Specifically pursuant to NDAC 43-02-03-25 "The survey contractor shall file with the director free of charge one certified electronic copy of all surveys, in a form approved by the director, within thirty days of attaining total depth. Such survey shall be in reference to true north".


Seismic

Does the State collect actual data from the Geophysical Contractor?

No. We do not collect recorded data, as that information is highly confidential and utilized by geophysicists to help accurately depict formation structure within the project area.

Do I need to email a map along with my Geophysical Project Permit?

Yes. All permits require an electronic copy of the preplot map to include a topo layer in relation to the source and receiver points.


Production

Where do I find monthly production statistics?

Production information for individual wells, fields and units may be obtained through the subscription service on our web site, or you can view the PDF or Excel version (where available) of the monthly production report free of charge.

Where do I find production and injection forms?

Production and injection forms are located here:   North Dakota Oil and Gas Forms page.

How do I report production or injection online?

The instructions for setting up online production and injection reporting are located here:   North Dakota Oil and Gas Division eFile page.

How do I find total production for all wells?

If you have a basic subscription, click on the "well Index" button on the left side menu and download the well_index.zip file, which is an Excel spreadsheet. Under the 'OilWaterGasCums' column the total oil, water, and gas volume is separated by the pipe (|) symbol. Multiple formations are separated by a comma. This file is also available in the premium subscription area by clicking the "Well Index & Downloads button.

How do I find total production for an individual well?

Both the Basic and Premium Subscription areas have a "Well Production" button on the left side of the page. Clicking this will take you to a form where you can input the well number and see production data for that well.

What is the current gas capture policy?

You can find ND gas capture policy information on the North Dakota Oil and Gas Division's Policy Page.


General Web Help

Why do PDF documents sometimes open up as a blank page?

This is caused by using an out of date version of Adobe Acrobat Reader that cannot read the newer PDF file versions. Please upgrade your Acrobat Reader to the latest version which is available from the www.adobe.com web site. It is a good practice to keep all of your web browser plugins up to date.

Why do some of the TIF log images open up blank or as a narrow strip?

This problem usually occurs because the TIF image viewer you are using cannot handle the large image dimensions of the scanned image. While most picture and fax viewers can handle large file sizes, large file dimensions are all together different. Most image viewers are designed to handle pictures and faxes. The page dimensions of these images are usually 8-1/2 by 11 inches or smaller. Scanned logs can have image dimensions exceeding 100 feet in length. To put this in perspective, take a 100 foot long log image scanned at 300 DPI (dots per inch) and you get an image 360,000 pixels long. To get a 360,000 pixel long image from an 11 inch piece of paper, you would have to scan it at 32,727 DPI. You may need to install a third party viewer that can handle these large dimensions. If your image viewer does not have a plugin for your web browser, save the TIF image to your computer first and then open it with your viewer. To save the image to your computer with Microsoft Internet Explorer, right click on the link and choose "Save Target As..." from the drop down menu.

How to change the cache/clear temporary files from browser?

To clear temporary files from your browser please follow the directions below depending on your browser:

Internet Explorer:
IE01

  1. Click on the Tools menu (gear icon in the top-right of the browser window).
  2. Select "Internet Options" from the drop-down. On the "Internet Options" menu click the Delete button under the Browsing history section, which will open the "Delete Browsing History" window.
  3. Make sure both the "Preserve Favorites website data" and the "Temporary Internet files and website files" options are selected then click the Delete button.
  4. Close all open browsers and reopen IE to test.


Google Chrome:
IE01

  1. Click on the Customize and control google Chrome menu (three dots in a vertical line in the top-right of the browser window).
  2. Select "History" from the drop-down and then "History" again on the next drop-down. On the "History" window click the "Clear browsing data" option on the left-side of the browser.
  3. Make sure "the beginning of time option" is selected from the "Obliterate the following items from" drop-down, also make sure the "Browsing history", "Download history", and "Cached images and files" options are selected then click the Clear browsing data button.
  4. Close all open browsers and reopen Chrome to test.


To change how your browser stores copies of webpages, images, media, etc. please follow the directions below depending on your browser:

Internet Explorer:
IE01

  1. Click on the Tools menu (gear icon in the top-right of the browser window).
  2. Select "Internet Options" from the drop-down. On the "Internet Options" menu click the Settings button under the Browsing history section, which will open the "Website Data Settings" window.
  3. Under the "Temporary Internet Files" tab make sure the "Every time I visit the webpage" option is selected then click the OK button. Select the OK button on the "Internet Options" menu.
  4. Close all open browsers and reopen IE to test.


Google Chrome:
IE01

  1. Click on the Customize and control google Chrome menu (three dots in a vertical line in the top-right of the browser window).
  2. Select "Settings" from the drop-down. On the "Settings" menu scroll down to the bottom of the page and select "Show advanced settings...".
  3. MUnder the Privacy section click the Content settings... button. On the "Content settings" menu under the Cookies section make sure the "Keep local data only until you quite your browser option" is selected and then click the Done button.
  4. Close all open browsers and reopen Chrome to test.


GIS/Mapping

When I try to either print a map or generate a PDF map on the GIS server page, why does the entire state redraw?

This problem is caused by pop-up blockers. The pop-up blockers need to either be turned off, or configured to allow pop-ups from our web site. Please check any additional toolbars you may have installed (such as Google or Yahoo) that may have pop-up blockers in addition to the one supplied with your web browser.

How do I download shape and data files?

Click the "Download Shape Files" button in the upper right corner of the GIS map server page. You will see a list of downloadable files appear in the pane on the lower part of the page.

How do I extract well data from a map?

First zoom into the part of the map you are interested in. Next, click the "Rect Identify" button (to select a rectangular area) or the "Select Object" button and select the specific well/wells you need the data for. The data will appear in the pane below the map.

How do I find a specific well on the map?

Click the "Find Well" button on the left side of the page. In the pane below the map you can search for a well by name or browse through the alphabetical listings. After you select a well, the map will zoom to the well location and the well will be highlighted in green.

Where can I find metadata?

We do not maintain metadata in our shapefiles.

Why does the rect identify tool not work?

Insure that the correct layer is selected as active (circular radio button is highlighted). Features on the selected layer are then available to be selected.

Why does an error pop up saying file size too large to download when I open the GIS Server?

This error might pop up for users who have large computer screens. Try to reduce the size of your browser window and the error should go away.

Where can I find a map of _______ wells to print?

Specific wells can be found on the GIS server by zooming into the general area of the well, and then clicking the "Search" button on the left menu. A textbox will appear at the bottom of the page where search terms can be entered. Printable maps can be created from our GIS server page by taking a screen shot of the current map and printing it, or by clicking the "Create PDF" button on the left hand menu. After the PDF is created it can then be saved and printed.

What do the symbols in the Permit Status Before Spud layer represent?

Clicking on the "Legend/Layers" button in the upper left corner will alternately display the map legend or layers menu on the right side of the page. The permit status before spud information is at the top of the map legend.

When I try to create a PDF, nothing happens

Be sure all pop-up blockers are set to allow https://www.dmr.nd.gov. Also, insure that your computer has the latest updates from Adobe.

When I try to find a well/section/field, nothing happens when I click on the button

Insure your browser is set to check for new versions of stored pages.

Why don't the wells display on the map?

Some features on the map will not display until the map is zoomed to the proper extent. Click on the "Zoom in" button on the left menu, right click the map in the upper left of the area you want to zoom, drag to the lower left of the area, and release the mouse button. The map will zoom to the area you selected. If the wells/features are still not visible, you may need to zoom further.

What coordinate system is used for the GIS map server?

NAD 27

How can I download data for particular wells?

Click on the "Rect Identify" button on the left menu, insure the Wells layer is active (right menu, radio button next to Wells is on, right click the upper left corner of the area you want, drag to the lower left, and release the mouse button. A list of wells and data in the area you selected will appear in the lower pane. Alternatively, you can click the "Download Shape Files" button in the upper right corner, and a "Wells.zip" file will appear in the lower pane - this file has well data for all wells in the state.

Where can I find Lat / Lon for wells, rigs etc?

Click on the "Rect Identify" button on the left menu, insure the correct layer is active (right menu, radio button next to the layer you want is on), right click the upper left corner of the area you want, drag to the lower left, and release the mouse button. A list of the features you selected will appear in the lower pane with lat/lon values.

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