Gas prices spur drilling in Sacramento Valley

Strong natural gas prices have sparked an upswing in natural gas drilling in northern California's Sacramento Valley.Through early November this year, operators had filed 122 notices of intent to drill wells in the province, compared with 97 last year. Workovers were up. Nine drilling rigs were at work in the valley, compared with seven last year.Natural gas prices hovering around $6/Mcf attract many operators to small gas targets near existing production. Some operators are venturing farther from producing wells with riskier drilling in search of much bigger finds. Drilling supervisor Rick Wilder (left) and Royale Energy's Chief Operations Engineer Phil Nicoll confer at the Roya...

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