Taurus Energy LLC (incorporated in Montana) was created for special purposes & services, especially Exploration & Production turnkey programs.
Taurus Energy LLC (incorporated in Montana) was created for special purposes & services, especially Exploration & Production turnkey programs.
Taurus Energy is fully committed to using only the Best-in-Class, E&P practices, partners, products, and methodologies. Taurus has completed thorough vetting diligence in all vital pieces of the E&P lifecycle including:
Taurus Energy’s (Taurus) business concept incubated for 2 years. Formed as a dynamic E&P firm, Taurus registered with the State of Montana in 2013, capable of fully servicing the Fort Peck Tribes' goals to see positive drilling results in 2013 on significant sections of the Fort Peck Tribes' reservation lands.
Taurus Energy watched the long enduring process unfold that has been the common denominator for entrepreneurs trying to pierce the market into the Oil & Gas business. Taurus learned a great deal from their sister company, US Sand, LLC, and their service company clients operating inside the MHA Nation in North Dakota..
Taurus Energy is committed to Best-in-Class Exploration & Production Practices, Technologies, Supply Chain Logistics, Hydraulic Fracking Products, Equipment and Bio-Remediation Products & Services.
ASTI employed more than 500 people at one time during the mid 70's. It is a 160,000 square foot manufacturing facility located next to a railroad spur.
Today, the climate for Oil Development inside the Fort Peck Tribes is extremely positive. The progressive philosophies at the Fort Peck Tribes and their governing body, “TERO”, are a majority of the reason why. Taurus Energy has spent considerable time appreciating the intricacies of this New Era of Horizontal Drilling and embraces the leadership responsible.
Taurus Energy has offices, transloading facilities, blending units, partners, and employees in Montana and North Dakota. Our employees include leadership, geological, sales and support resources. These are in addition to significant others in our corporate offices in Texas and Colorado.
We have local production facilities to reduce overall product costs. These facilities in Montana and North Dakota comprise over 250k sq. ft. of space and rail with 2 switches. With the high costs of transportation logistics, often from very long distances, Taurus has made the local availability of most products a significant cost savings.
Taurus Energy has designed and enacted a Business Model that is based on proven experience, deep relationships, and expert industry track records.
Taurus is eager to continue contributing GROWTH to both the Native Americans' Energy Development of their sacred lands, as well as customers outside the reservations. We endeavor to usher in financial, educational, infrastructure and environmental benefits for all.
Taurus Energy believes this authentic business model is unbreakable for the following reasons:
Taurus Energy wields a obsession to find the very best possible solution to a puzzle. We never stop digging for the deeper kernel of creative innovation. Taurus Energy keeps producing more and more revelations as to the next step, next path and next partner. Taurus Energy has invented multiple innovations regarding exploration, finance and Native American appreciation.
Taurus offers a complete turnkey solution for Exploration, Drilling, Fracking, Optimum Oil/Gas Recovery, and Site-Preservation services. We are adeptly experienced in all phases of Supply Chain & Logistics for the E&P opportunities, especially for Horizontal Well Teams in the MT/ND region.
Taurus Energy recognizes that to grow, and grow properly, teams need to be built that can deliver awesome results. This doesn’t stop by just hiring talented resources. Taurus is focused on being very sensitive to the dynamics created by teams that can work together toward mutual gain.
As Taurus grows, we are committed to being acutely aware of putting people into the right groups and helping them to be successful. We create a culture of family and togetherness, where everybody has a role. Taurus maps our values to our clients & partners. This “synergy” is vital to sustain long-term predictable growth.
The principles of retaining talent and architecting awesome teams are fundamental to recognizing that PEOPLE are what drive Taurus Energy’s real organic business evolution. Measured steps forward, with patience and consistency, will get us there surer and safer. We emphasize a place where each person knows the overall mission, and can strive to contribute wherever is necessary to see the team thrive.
In Poplar, Mont., the Bakken boom is tantalizingly close. It’s much closer than the 71 miles that separate this one-stoplight town on the Fort Peck Indian Reservation from Williston, N.D, the epicenter of the largest oil play in the lower 48. Bakken wells are just over the Missouri River, the reservation’s southern boundary, and across Big Muddy Creek, its eastern boundary. The rigs are there on the Montana and North Dakota prairies every day pumping to the surface thousands of barrels of oil and riches.
But the wells are not here. Poplar itself conveys that. The seat of the Assiniboine and Sioux tribes remains a reflection of the poverty that’s long pervaded the reservation—a reflection, as some tribal members describe it, of “historical trauma.” Historical but persisting: The unemployment rate among tribal members holds at around 60 percent. On the oil patch near Sidney, Mont., and in western North Dakota, it’s less than 2 percent.
There, the activity of tens of thousands of truckers, roughnecks and flaring natural gas appears in nighttime images from space, a cluster of light suggesting a sprawling metropolis on the northern plains. In Poplar, in March, it’s quiet. Boarded-up homes and businesses line icy streets. There’s no parade of oil-hauling trucks; rez dogs still dare walk the highway.
Nearly three years ago, around the time North Dakota’s monthly oil production hit 10 million barrels for the first time, the people of Poplar were coping with a youth suicide epidemic. Five Poplar Middle School students killed themselves, and 20 more attempted to, during one school year.
The boom isn’t here, but the Bakken is. The reservation sits several thousand feet above what’s thought to be the western edge of the geologic formation, an ancient slab of rock about the size of West Virginia laden with billions of barrels of oil. That reservoir now accounts for more than 10 percent of the country’s total production. To the leaders of the Fort Peck tribes, it promises something more.
Fort Peck Tribal Council Chairman Floyd AzureTribal Council Chairman Floyd Azure says tapping the Bakken would make the tribes “more sovereign by the barrel,” echoing the mantra of tribal leadership on North Dakota’s oil-rich Fort Berthold Reservation. “That means that we can take care of ourselves. If we didn’t have to depend on the federal government, we’d be a hell of a lot better off than we are now. We depend on the federal government for damn near everything we have.”
Azure likens oil exploration to gambling, and the tribes are all in. Over the last few years, the tribal government and individual members have together leased about 300,000 acres to oil companies. That’s a third of the tribally held land left on the reservation, which covers 2 million acres. Another 280,000 non-tribal acres on the reservation have also been leased. These leases represent what one executive of an oil company with 120,000 acres of holdings on the reservation calls the Bakken’s “western expansion,” the prospects of which appear promising per the industry’s principle of “closeology.” It’s enough for oil companies to bet that horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing—the techniques that unlocked the Bakken just to the south and east—will work here, too, on this largely untapped expanse of prairie.
But they haven’t struck oil yet. Oil companies have drilled seven Bakken wells over the past several years and each well produced more water than oil. Thousands of landholders who leased land—for as little as $50 an acre—have yet to see a dime in royalties. Still, everyone thinks it’s only a matter of time before the boom arrives. Closeology isn’t an absolute but it’s nonetheless convincing to oilmen and tribes with nothing to lose.
The tribes can’t separate oil from water. The two have an entangled history here. Drilling began northeast of Poplar in 1952. Back then, as now, the oil companies pumped to the surface more water than oil. Those companies disposed of briny wastewater, contaminated with carcinogenic benzene and other compounds, in unlined pits. Holding tanks, pipelines and plugged oil wells leaked. Over the course of five decades, billions of gallons of brine seeped into Poplar’s drinking water aquifer. Between 1999 and 2010, the Environmental Protection Agency issued five emergency orders to three oil companies, forcing them to, among other things, build a drinking water pipeline to certain residences and deliver bottled water to others.
More than 10 years before the EPA’s first emergency order, the tribes, having already detected high levels of chloride in wells, began planning a pipeline to draw clean water from the Missouri River. Congress authorized funding in 2000. Last year, water began flowing from a new treatment plant on the Missouri to Poplar, and much of the rest of the 3,200 miles of pipeline are being built now.
A pile of massive blue pipes sits along the highway east of Poplar, pipes that will eventually bring water to Brockton, 14 miles down Highway 2. Forrest Smith, a chemical engineer and director of the tribes’ minerals department, drives past them on his way to a nearby oilfield. “The sins of the past are still upon us in the present, and we always have to deal with them,” he says.
Smith, an Assiniboine from the Frog Creek clan, was schooled in Bozeman, worked on a drilling rig in California for a few years, and then came back home. As he steers his pickup over snow-packed two-track, he talks about the Bakken, calling it “a light at the end of the tunnel,” a chance to put tribal members to work.
“You’ll lose your culture and language faster with poverty than you will with economic development,” he says.
Smith pulls up to a pumpjack standing over one of the 10 oil wells owned and managed by the tribes, five of which are in production. It squeaks and whines as the crank drives the polishing rod in and out of the earth. This is not a Bakken well, but a much shallower, decades-old vertical well that produces about five barrels of oil a day, and three times as much salt water. The tribes’ five wells produce about 80 combined barrels a day, equating to a little more than $1 million a year in revenue, Smith says. All of the wells on the reservation, including those on non-tribal land, produce a total of around 1,100 barrels a day—less than one percent of the production on the Fort Berthold Reservation in North Dakota.
The enormous production from the Bakken required a revolution in the way oilmen drill. Geologists often describe the formation, about two miles down, as an Oreo cookie—two layers of shale sandwiching a middle layer of lighter-colored sandstone, the reservoir rock. The reservoir rock is thin, making it difficult for a vertical well to plug into a pay zone, and it also holds oil tightly, the two things that kept oil companies from extracting the oil since the Bakken’s discovery in the 1950s.
Over the last 10 years, oilmen have figured out how to worm down and approach the middle of the Oreo from the side. They drill a well and then send down a second, flexible drill that bores horizontally, expanding the pay zone exponentially. Then they crack the rock to force oil to flow, a technique called hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, which involves pumping millions of gallons of pressurized water mixed with sand and chemicals down into the well. There would be no Bakken boom without the combined trick of horizontal drilling and fracking.
But the Bakken appears to be a different beast below the reservation. The formation is a few thousand feet shallower there, meaning the reservoir rock may not have matured to the same extent. Additionally, the Brockton-Froid Fault cuts across the far-southeastern corner of the reservation, T-boning the Bakken and pooling water. Geologist Jay Gunderson, of the Montana Bureau of Mines and Geology, says it’s possible that the fault represents the Bakken’s western boundary, east of which oil companies have the best chance of drilling economic wells. But no one’s certain. Oil companies are still leasing land well to the west of the fault.
In the past year and a half, an oil company partnering with the Fort Peck tribes drilled two horizontal Bakken wells in that southeastern corner of the reservation. But even there the wells yielded more water than oil, rendering them unprofitable, at least at today’s oil prices.
Smith, back in the pickup, says the failed wells present a problem. “As an experienced Texas oilman told me a couple months ago, ‘Oh, Forrest, you guys just stubbed your toe on your first two wells, and that happens.’ But that’s a real painful toe-stubbing,” he says.
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