Michigan – Trenton, Prairie du Chien Can be Rewarding

Michigan – Trenton, Prairie du Chien Can be Rewarding

One story about the discovery of Albion-Scipio is that the field was identified during a seance by a fortune teller whose “vision” was passed along to whoever drilled it. Talk about unconventional exploration!! But it looks as if some of that magic still lives on, with Westbay Exploration achieving good oil volumes with minimal declines in a series of wells OFF the trend of the normal NW-SE porosity/fracture fairway.

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In the northern part of the state the Prairie du Chien formation is delivering both liquids and gas, and Whiting Oil seems to have identified an important zone to re-perf, or they’ve developed a useful re-frac technique since they’ve been able to stop decline in their State South Buckeye 41-1 lease and boost gas production by approximately 60X (from 1571 MCF/M in 11/2009 to 996630 MCF/M in 4/2010). Superb engineering!

Geneva County, Alabama??

Geneva County, Alabama??

Hats off to XTO for permitting a 3300′ test in Geneva Co, AL (far SE Alabama) on trend with, ahem, not much that we can see. Could be an eastern extension of shaley facies in the Conecuh embayment, but there’s so little well control and only 3 reasonably close by 2D seismic lines that all we can do is flat out guess. But good luck to them for drilling in a galaxy far, far away… could get interesting….

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Ohio Shale Permits Join in Marcellus Play

Ohio Shale Permits Join in Marcellus Play

We’ve mapped Ohio permits since 1/1/2009, using %shale as a filter in the formation name and filtering out any multiple target formation objectives. Results include permit target formations named Marcellus, Devonian,and Ohio shale. The permits along the southern shore of Lake Erie are Ohio shale permits at shallow depths <3500′. The belt of permits along the W VA border are Devonian/Marcellus shale permits at slightly deeper depth. Can the Marcellus return great ROI at these shallow depths? Stay tuned…..

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Newly Mapped API Numbers

Newly Mapped API Numbers

After extensive work and testing we are pleased to notify our customers that we’ve added lat-long values to approximately 13,000+ existing API #’s based on data we received with our acquisition of HPDI. 8945 of these newly mapped API #’s are producers as shown in the map below; while 5500 are producers which predate the Texas RRC’s first capture of production data (1970).

The mapping of these API #’s now locate nearly 326,000,000 BO,  5.8 TCF, and 1.3 BBOE of additional allocated production.

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You may download the spreadsheet of API #s (sorted by county), to find API #’s that may be of interest to you.  Or, just copy and paste the list into the API # box in your searches to see if these newly located API #’s are relevant to the work that you are doing.

Below is an example of the usefulness of this older producing data. This is a map of Terrell Point (3900) field in Goliad Co, TX. The pink circles define the mapped wells in this field previous to our new import. The aqua circles define newly mapped old producers. You now have access to more extensive data within this field.

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Idaho Shallow Gas?

Idaho Shallow Gas?

idaho-300x239Although Governor Butch Otter of Idaho was quoted as saying “We hit a hell of a big natural gas well”, operator Bridge Resources (JV partner Paramex Resources Ltd.–both out of Calgary) was a bit more restrained by saying “We have had some encouragement in Idaho…” According to wire service reports the JV will expand drilling and seismic work (which led to discoveries) over the 100,000 acre position they hold. As well they should, given that the M.L. investments 1-10 in Payette county flowed at a rate of 4.2 MMCFD from Pliocene lacustrine reservoirs. The map on the right shows all wells in Idaho that reported show, including at least two in Payette county that had either strong or considerable” gas flow/shows… Ah, wildcatting, an intellectual addiction if there ever was one.