Questar to continue Pinedale anticline project

Questar Corp. unit Questar Exploration & Production (QEP) said Monday it has received approval from the Wyoming office of the Bureau of Land Management to continue its drilling program in the Pinedale anticline of western Wyoming. The Wyoming BLM office issued the decision July 28 after the completion of an environmental impact statement covering the natural gas project.

QEP has started constructing four drilling pads as part of a planned 8-10 well program for the year 2000. The company will utilize four rigs in the program.

The decision allows QEP to install 700 producing well pads in the area, which encompasses 197,000 acres between the town of Pinedale and the Jonah field 30 miles to the south.

QEP and Wexpro Co.�a second Questar subsidiary that develops cost-of-service gas supplies for Questar Gas, a retail gas-distribution utility and Questar subsidiary�hold a 60% working interest in 14,800 gross acres in the Mesa area of the Pinedale anticline.

The Questar units have drilled two successful exploratory wells in the area. The wells had an average initial production rate of 11 MMcfd of gas.

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