from Ultra Resources, Pinedale Energy Partners
and Jonah Energy presented their past
year’s development and status reports on
April 25 – and the key point for many, their
forecasts for this year and beyond.
Each in turn reported on water usage, air
quality, reclamation, ozone and their projected
development. Bureau of Land Management
hosted the meeting with employees,
operators’ staff and the public, with Darla
Potter of the Wyoming Department of Environmental
Quality on the phone.
A look back
First, Pinedale Field Office Manager Caleb
Hiner spoke about working on the Pinedale
Anticline Project Area’s record of decision
“Hearing about development on the Pinedale
Anticline is something I look forward
to seeing how it progresses every year,” he
said. “It’s interesting to see how things have
been implemented 10 years, 11 years later.”
One change is that the annual meetings are
now “as short as possible,” he added. “My
intent was to eventually have them in the
evenings; I would be glad to see more people
here … but if we are being too efficient, let
First up was Erika Tokarz, Ultra’s regulatory
supervisor in Denver. In 2018, Ultra
drilled 111 wells with an average of 4.2 rigs.
In 2018, Ultra also built one pad, partially
built two, expanded one and put six into interim
reclamation. All of those and work
planned for 2019 are for south of the New
Fork River, she said, with no development on
Ultra plans to drill 101 wells and 12 pads
this year with an average of three rigs, she
Three rigs, one each, are currently located
in Development Area 3, DA 4 and DA 5.
For this year, Ultra will have three rigs and
four pads in DA 5, three rigs and four pads in
DA 4 and one rig and four pads in DA 3. In
2020, Ultra plans to maintain three rigs.
“We would love to ramp up but we’ll see
how the economy measures up on that,” Tokarz
At the end of 2018, Ultra had 2,220 producing
wells in the Anticline with more than
400 local employees its rig efficiency came to
about 26 wells per rig per year.
Horizontal drilling has reduced rigs’ drilling
efficiency, she said.
Pinedale Energy Partners Operating LLC,
which acquired QEP Resources’ Sublette
County holdings in 2017, was represented by
Last year, PEPO drilled 31 wells with one
drill rig, completing 30 and bringing them online
for a total of 1,178 producing wells and
82 well pads. One new well pad was built in
Development Area 1.
This year, PEPO will focus development
with five new pads as well as drilling 29 wells
with one rig, 28 completions, production facilities’
installation and well hookups in DA
The operator might drill a horizontal well
from an existing well pad and expand another
well pad this year and next.
PEPO’s 10-year drilling forecast projects
about 100 wells over the coming decade and
approximately one new well pad a year.
Jonah Energy’s smaller holdings in the
Pinedale Anticline came with its acquisition
of Linn Energy. The operator’s expectations
were downgraded from their 2018 projections
of drilling two vertical wells from one well
pad and drill 240 wells through 2026.
“Our Anticline presentation is going to be
very, very, very brief,” said director Paul Ulrich.
“The future will be fairly status quo. We
had no activities in 2018, nothing in 2019 and
2020 is going to be minimal.”
From 2020 through 2028, Jonah might
build four new well pads, “potentially. In the
future, there will be new wells on existing
pads when possible.”