Anyone local to the Avoyelles area hearing anything about the Eagles Ranch Well? It appears that they recently finished drilling well and should be moving frac crews on location soon.

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Preston.... if you want to stay up to date with new drilling permits, you might want to visit this page: LDNR Office of Conservation - Permitted Wells By District

Example (Month to date/DEC2017):

According to the LDNR Office of Conservation, it's updated at the moment a new permit is issued (same day). Hope this helps.

Yes, that search is a good way to track permits.  I use this one, it will get the job done also.


Interesting presentation by PetroQuest and the Austin Chalk in Louisiana: Petroquest Presentation (PDF)

Several large-cap companies with Austin Chalk experience in Texas have established leasehold positions in the
Louisiana Austin Chalk
▪ Goal is to replicate the recent Texas Austin Chalk results in Louisiana
▪ Over 300,000 acres have been leased with additional aggressive leasing activity ongoing in 5-6 Louisiana parishes

It says in this presentation that they might sell some of their leased acreage for 2000 per acre. I wonder if that will increase the lease price for people who have not yet been leased. Very interesting. So at this point PetroQuest and eog are leading the pack. 

Curious to know if the $2,000/acre is what speculators are getting at the end of the selling cycle, with landowners getting considerably less at the outset.

Regarding "Hundreds of control points in the area from vintage unfracked Austin Chalk/Tuscaloosa wells."..... curious to know if old Plugged and Abandoned Tuscaloosa wells drilled years ago have any intrinsic value to these guys. Do today's O&G people see value in what the old timers did in the pre-frack days? Inquiring minds....

The old wells just give geological data points for us to analyze.  This data may be positive or negative, it is just another point of control.  


Old Scout, I doubt it.  Although no one outside the company is likely to know the dollar return, a speculator is looking to their royalty interest for a meaningful profit.  I suspect that they hope the dollar amount they get for assigning their leases covers their per acre costs and provides a modest profit.  Their real investment is the difference between the royalty they gave you and the royalty they think they can get from the company that will drill the wells.  Speculation is just that.  I am personally aware of some speculative leasing efforts that were a total flop.  A 100% loss in that no operating company would acquire the leases.  Even when a speculator is able to assign their leases, the wells don't always get drilled or, if drilled, don't turn out to be economic.  Speculators know this and count on doing as many deals as possible because some will turn out to be profitable and some may turn out to be home runs.  The more of your royalty they can get, the better their profit when economic wells are drilled.

While Skip and Jay are looking at this, allow me demonstrate my ignorance. First, Is the amount of natural gas in the Austin Chalk valuable enough at current prices to warrant a gathering system?  Second, how are the costs of refining such products as propane, butane, benzine, etc.,  addressed in a lease with a speculator?  I thank you in advance for a reply.

Charles, these are Austin Chalk oil wells.  Any associated natural gas will be considered a "by-product" and the volumes will likely be insufficient to justify a gathering and treating system, at least initially. 

Natural gas liquids commonly called NGLs are ethane, propane, butane, isobutane, pentane and pentanes plus.  No benzine.  NGL supplies have increased greatly with the advent of production from unconventional reservoirs.  Although we think of certain plays as oily much of the liquid volumes are condensate and NGLs.  The Eagle Ford Play is a good example.  Because NGLs were not generally plentiful in most oil plays and many operating companies were not interested in the capital costs associated with large scale production of those liquids, historically standard lease forms did not address them specifically.  For the same reasons, the State of Louisiana did not prioritize tracking NGL production.  Now NGLs are an important part of a company's profit margin in wet gas plays and the chemical industry has boomed because of the cheap feed stock costs.  The lack of process and regulations to track NGL production and the general lack of specific lease language covering royalty paid on NGLs is just one example of how the old rules do not work well in the age of unconventional reservoir development.

Great post Skip this is an area of leasing that now must be addressed.

Yes, the state needs to change the way they require reporting of NGLs and lease addendums need to include clauses covering how royalty is paid on them.  However, I must stress that the issue of NGLs does not apply to the Austin Chalk in Louisiana at this time as far as I know.  As I mentioned above, there is little natural gas produced from the Eagles Ranch 14H and the oil is 43 gravity which is light but indeed oil as opposed to condensate.  If I recall correctly the API gravity range for condensate begins at 48 degrees and ranges higher.  Production of condensate is an indication of the presence of NGLs.

Thank you for the reply.  It is clearly stated, even for me.  Some of my experience from north Louisiana will not come into play in the Austin Chalk, should that develop.


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