Experimental horizontal wells in Ohio and surrounding states show great promise as a way for drillers to tap into the much-drilled Clinton sandstone, industry representatives say.
Such wells are three times more costly than comparable vertical-only wells, but the horizontal wells are seven to eight times more productive, said Mark Lytle, CEO emeritus of Wooster-based Buckeye Oil Producing Co.
The new wells are "not monster gas wells," but his company was very surprised at the volume of natural gas that was tapped, he said.
His company has drilled a horizontal well in the Berea sandstone in West Virginia and hopes to drill one Clinton sandstone well in Ohio this year, he said Thursday at the Ohio Oil and Gas Association’s winter meeting. The three-day program attracted more than 1,000 people and it wraps up on Friday.
David Hill, the president of the OOGA, hailed Lytel and the two other panelists, Greg Mason of the Newark-based Energy Cooperative, and Bob Trevail of Pennsylvania-based Dallas Energy LLC, for being pioneers in drilling the Clinton and other shallow sandstones.
Such horizontal wells may well be the future of Ohio drilling, Hill said.Continue reading by clicking here.
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