New Mexico Raton basin coalbed methane development resumes

Raton basin coalbed methane development is reviving in the Vermejo Park Ranch area, in northeast New Mexico. A PennzEnergy Co. and Sonat Exploration Co. joint venture recently announced a project in a 700,000-acre area, mostly in Colfax Co., N.M. (Fig. 1) [135,778 bytes]. According to the joint venture, this acreage position represents the largest leasehold in the Raton basin. The last few years have also seen a pick-up in coalbed methane activity in the Colorado portion of the Raton basin (OGJ, Nov. 11, 1996, p. 101). Past activity Pennzoil Exploration & Production Co. initiated drilling in the Vermejo Park Ranch area in 1989. A Gas Research Institute (GRI) report ind...

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