Oil and gas firm American Eagle Energy has begun initial evaluation work on its Alberta Bakken acreage in Toole and Glacier counties in the US state of Montana in conjunction with its JV partners, FX Energy and Big Sky Operating.

The three firms have combined their leasehold positions and hold equal working interests across the entire area of mutual interest, currently consisting of about 75,000 net acres.

An existing wellbore has been deepened by the companies in the Cut Bank Field, and the well has been cased and is currently being evaluated.

According to the companies, testing and completion plans are being formulated and this work is expected to begin this month.

A new vertical well test, which is projected to spud during this week, is designed to evaluate the Banff-Bakken-Three Forks potential on acreage located on the Kevin Sunburst Dome, about 30 miles northeast of the Cut Bank well.

Plans call for coring, logging and casing the well with completion testing of prospective zones as merited by the evaluation.