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Hinto Energy, Inc. Announces Drilling of New Oil Well in Ohio
DENVER, CO--(Marketwired - Dec 23, 2014) - HINTO ENERGY, INC. (OTCQB: HENI), engaged in the exploration, acquisition, and development of oil and gas properties, with producing wells in Utah and Montana, today announced the Company has drilled a new well in Ohio, located on the Appalachian geosyncline which includes both the Berea Sands and the Ohio shale stratigraphic levels.
"We continue to look at exploration and production opportunities that deliver positive results even at current oil and gas prices. We believe this new well provides such an opportunity," stated George Harris, the Chief Executive Officer of the Company.
"While drilling the well, the well kicked off and produced 20 plus barrels of oil in approximately 15 minutes and natural gas at an estimated rate of 250,000 cubic feet per day," said the field operator. "The well should be placed on production in early January, following installation of oil tanks and pumping unit."
"This area of Ohio has had a lengthy history of production with multiple producing zones at shallow depths, which is why we plan on initially drilling down into the Berea Sandstone, which has been a long term producer at 400 to 600 feet. We will use additional geological and geophysical analysis to evaluate deeper prospective targets in the Ohio shale, Clinton, Utica shale, Trenton and Trempealeau formations," Harris continued.
Hinto will retain a 75% non-operated interest in this initial well, after payout, and 75% of any future wells developed on this property and is considering the use of 3D seismic to target higher value prospects. Hinto has established a 36 square mile AMI (area of mutual interest) with the operator, which could provide for additional drilling opportunities.
Hinto Energy, Inc. is involved in the acquisition, production, development and exploration of Oil and Natural Gas properties in the Rocky Mountain Basins. The Company is actively seeking to acquire producing oil and natural gas properties that offer long term production opportunities and proven oil and natural gas reserves. The Company employs state-of-the-art technology for reservoir characterization, to discover by-passed reserves, and to evaluate unexploited resources utilizing modern horizontal drilling techniques. For more information visitwww.hintoenergy.com.
Notice Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
This press release may contain certain forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Investors are cautioned that such forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties, which include among others, the inherent uncertainties associated with petroleum exploration and development stage exploration companies including without limitation, other risks detailed from time to time in the Company's periodic reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Chesapeake Energy continues to see its legal battles compound over its royalty-payment practices. Already facing lawsuits in several different states and having been subpoenaed by the U.S. Department of Justice, StateImpact Pennsylvania reports that another government outfit is taking a legal interest in the company's royalty payment strategies: Chesapeake Energy has been subpoenaed by the U.S. Postal service, seeking information on its royalty practices, according to a regulatory filing. As StateImpact Pennsylvania has previously reported , the Oklahoma City-based driller faces a slew of disputes and complaints over how it pays royalties. We've posted articles in the past that looked at some of the questionable practices that Chesapeake has employed to reduce the amount of royalties it pays out to landowners. As a quick refresher, note how ProPublica reporter Abrahm Lustgarten shared some of the details in an article which we shared here on The Daily Digger in March
From the Times Leader: Tri-State Environmental of Cadiz has applied for permits to install two different brine injection wells off Fairview Road in Kirkwood Township, Belmont County. According to a public notice, Tri-State has applied for permits with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources to dig two wells to inject brine water associated with the production of oil and natural gas. The first well would be called Tri-State #1, in Section 31, Kirkwood Township. “The proposed well will inject into the Ohio Shale at a depth of 4,600 to 4,800 feet. The average injection is estimated to be 4,000 barrels per day,” according to the notice. “The maximum injection pressure is estimated to be 1,060 psi.” The second well would be called Tri-State #2, in Section 25, Kirkwood Township. “The proposed well will inject into the Bass Islands through Salina Group at a depth of 5,200 to 5,500 feet,” the notice states. The No. 2 well also would receive an estimated 4,000 barrels of brine pe