New targets in the Bone Spring formation, Permian Basin

Bruce S. HartNew Mexico Bureau of Mines and Mineral ResourcesSocorroIncreased optimism in the Permian Basin is helping to stimulate interest in the Leonardian (Permian) Bone Spring formation of the Delaware basin. Relatively little has been published on this unit since the late 1980s. As such, a shift in emphasis on drilling targets that has taken place has gone largely undocumented.Whereas carbonate and clastic slope deposits have traditionally been considered as the principal exploration targets, in recent years clastic units of the basinal areas of the Bone Spring have been responsible for the best producing fields. These basinal deposits should now be considered the most prospective e...

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