Tribal Oil Wells reach production stage
by Edna Sailor
Dave Williams, President and CEO of Missouri River Resources LLC, the Three Affiliated Tribes chartered energy company, calls it like he sees it. He says the tribal oil company is all about "drilling native oil on native soil." An historic point was reached in March of this year when Missouri River Resources LLC drilled four tribally owned oil wells. Now those wells, the Mandan, Hidatsa, Arickara and Nation are flowing at 4000 barrels per day.
"That is better than the 3000 barrels we predicted," Williams said. "We have chosen to choke them back(close down valves) and allow them to free flow in order to do more testing and keep the pressure constant. We plan to allow them to flow on their own for the next six months and then go to pumping units," he added.
The wells are located one mile east of Mandaree. The four wells are situated on one well pad. They are four different lateral horizontal wells.