Conoco pioneers seismic cabling method

Conoco's Shirley Ebert transports a seismic receiver near a ruin in the San Juan basin. Conoco Inc. has developed a technique that it says halves seismic cabling requirements, thereby protecting threatened and endangered plant and animal species. Using state-of-the-art 3D seismic equipment, Conoco workers walked radio seismic recording devices into a 355 sq mile area of northwestern New Mexico's San Juan basin last year while exploring the basin's deeper formations for indications of oil and gas. "(By) alternating seismic cables approximately 1/4-mile long and 1/4-mile apart, Conoco avoided dozens of native American sites, plus more than 30 locations o...

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