Marathon has received permission to drill two separate horizontal wells on the Beck lease in secs. 5 and 8, T.146, R.94 in Bailey Field, Dunn Co. The field rules currently allow only one horizontal well per1280 acre unit. Marathon doesn't know if two wells are necessary to effectively drain a 1280 unit, but it thinks the plan will probably be economic, and the company plans to drill the first well and then skid the rig the few feet to the other surface location. The most important aspect of this strategy is that it will also allow the company to better utilize currently available completion and stimulation procedures then if dual laterals were drilled from a single vertical wellbore.
Marathon also has an application pending for a two well per drilling unit project just to the southwest in secs. 18 and 19. Marathon also received permission for five 1280 acre drilling units to the east of Bailey Field in the eastern part of T.146, R.93 and the extreme northwestern part of T.145, R93. The company also has an application pending for an additional four 1280 acre drilling units scattered in T.144, R94, T145, R.92, and T.145, R.94.
Marathon currently has three rigs drilling in the area. It's fourth rig that is drilling in Mountrail Co. is expected to move to a two mile west stepout to Murphy Creek Field and drill in secs. 5 and 8 of T.144, R.96, in the near future (see map, 3/20 post).