Gas seeps lend interest to 15,000 ft prospect in south Val Verde basin

A fifth test on the Pecos Rio Grande prospect in the nonproducing southern Val Verde basin is scheduled for November 2005 by Patterson Petroleum LP, Austin, in conjunction with Beeson Energy Inc., Aledo, Tex.Four other wells drilled in 1992-1997 in the general area went to 3,440-12,228 ft but never penetrated the subthrust section thought to be prospective.This 55,567-acre wildcat prospect could contain several trillion cubic feet of recoverable gas in a faulted anticline with more than 5,000 ft of vertical structural closure.The target lies below the Ouachita Overthrust in 3,500 ft of the Pennsylvanian Strawn, Devonian carbonate, and Ordovician Ellenburger carbonate, which are responsibl...

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