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We have an oil well in Burke County, ND.  Our average checks have been 4500 - 5700 per month.  Last month it was 2100.  Why is that? Is well going dry after 10 months or will it rebound?

There is no standard answer for this question.  In my experience the normal decline curve is not so steep.  It is more likely that there is a downhole problem that is causing a mechanical problem.  I would call the oil and gas company and speak with the accounting department and ask them what the problem is.  They don't usually speak with royalty owners that are sympathetic to their position (they only report the numbers, management and engineers make decisions) so if you are kind, they are likely to assist you in determining from engineering what the problem was/is.

There has not been a reduction in the price of oil so it can only be that production has dramatically fallen off by natural or mechanical means.



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