Sans Spring oil field, Railroad Valley, Nev.: Exploratory triumph, developmental disaster

Jerry Walker Consulting Geologist Reno, Nev. This is an abstract of a presentation made to the Nevada Petroleum & Geothermal Society, Jan. 5, 2012. How can a 1,000 b/d oil discovery be surrounded by dusters? That is the question anyone involved with Nevada's Sans Spring field has likely asked themselves. Instead of developing into a commercial Trap Spring-like accumulation, Sans Spring's initial success only encouraged continued industry investment that failed to deliver any semblance of a reasonable return. Sans Spring field is the poster child of exploratory triumph and developmental disaster. Cenex Inc. discovered Sans Spring field in February 1993 at the 5-14 Federal well, SW NW...

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