Continental Resources Successfully Completes Initial Test Well In Third Bench Of The Three Forks Reservoir In The Bakken Field

Continental Resources Successfully Completes Initial Test Well In Third Bench
               Of The Three Forks Reservoir In The Bakken Field

PR Newswire

OKLAHOMA CITY, Dec. 3, 2012

OKLAHOMA CITY, Dec. 3, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Continental Resources, Inc. (NYSE:
CLR) announced today it successfully completed the Charlotte 3-22H (91% WI),
the first horizontal well to test the third bench (TF3) of the Three Forks
zone in the Bakken field of North Dakota and Montana.


The Charlotte 3-22H flowed 953 barrels of oil equivalent per day (Boepd) at
1700 psi on a 28/64 choke in its initial one-day test period. Located in
McKenzie County, North Dakota, it was drilled to a total depth of 21,324 feet,
including a 9,701-foot lateral section, and was completed with Continental's
standard 30-stage fracture stimulation design.

"We're very pleased with the initial performance of the Charlotte 3-22H," said
Harold Hamm, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "The well has been
producing for 15 days and its performance compares favorably with other first
bench (TF1) and second bench (TF2) producing Three Forks wells."

Continental has been a pioneer in the discovery and development of the Three
Forks reservoir in the Bakken field. The Company was the first to demonstrate
incremental reserves from the TF1 in 2008 and the first to establish
commercial production from the TF2 in 2011. Establishing production from the
TF3 is yet another significant milestone in the growth of the Company's assets
in the world-class Bakken oil field. If the Charlotte 3-22H continues to
perform in line with the second bench Charlotte 2-22H, it will be the first
well to establish commercial production in the third bench.

"This could be a real game-changer," Mr. Hamm said. "The Charlotte 3-22H is
the first well in a 14-well program that we plan to complete by year-end 2013
to test productivity of the second, third and fourth benches of the Three
Forks over a broad area of the play."

The 1280-acre Charlotte unit is the first unit in the Bakken field to have
wells producing from three separate horizons – the Middle Bakken, TF2 and TF3

Continental estimated in late 2010 that the Bakken field would eventually
yield 24 billion barrels of oil equivalent (Boe), based on technology
available at that time. This estimate included 20 billion barrels of oil and 4
billion Boe of natural gas, and assumed 577 billion barrels of original oil in
place in the Bakken and TF1. With the addition of oil found in the lower Three
Forks benches, which includes the TF2, TF3 and TF4, the Company now estimates
the field has 903 billion barrels of original oil in place, a 57 percent

"The successful completion of the Charlotte 3-22H is another step in our
efforts to assess the productivity and reserve potential of the lower benches
of the Three Forks which is one of the goals of our 2013 drilling program"
said Jack Stark, Senior Vice President of Exploration. "The results are very
encouraging and indicate there may be upside to our estimate of 24 billion Boe
of recoverable reserves for the Bakken field." 

About Continental Resources

Continental Resources is a Top 10 petroleum liquids producer in the United
States. In October 2012, the Company announced a new five-year plan to triple
production and proved reserves by year-end 2017. The Company's growth plan is
based on developing its industry-leading leasehold in the nation's premier oil
play, the Bakken of North Dakota and Montana, as well as its position in the
SCOOP and Northwest Cana plays of Oklahoma. The company reported total
revenues of $1.6 billion for 2011. Visit for more information.

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CONTACTS: Continental Resources, Inc.
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