Long-discovered gas field starts in N. California's Eel River basin

Independent operators started gas sales in November 2003 in the Eel River basin in coastal northwestern California after redeveloping Grizzly Bluff gas field. It is the basin's first new development in almost 60 years.Innex Energy LLC, Plano, Tex., started leasing and technical evaluation of 12 abandoned wells in 2000. The old wells defined the resource, but extensive evaluation and new insights were required before the potential became evident, said Innex president Jere Jay."The field amounted to an overlooked asset ready for production," said Jay. Placing the field on production required the directional drilling of a hole for a pipeline that was then pulled beneath the Eel River to ...

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