Southern San Juan venture targets Menefee coal gas

Two Dallas area independents joined to explore and develop coalbed methane and conventional formations in the southern San Juan basin in west-central New Mexico.Drilling has started in the first phase of the three-phase project, said Magnum Hunter Resources Inc., Irving, Tex., and private CDX Gas LLC, Dallas (OGJ Online, Sept. 23, 2003). They will emphasize the Upper and Lower Menefee coals of the Cretaceous Mesaverde Group, lower in the geologic section than the Cretaceous Fruitland coals widely exploited in the northern part of the basin.Acreage and operationsMagnum Hunter and affiliates were exercising options on 554,000 acres in McKinley, Sandoval, and San Juan counties plus 922,000 m...

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