High pressures punctuate Appalachian gas play

A deeper play for gas in Ordovician Trenton-Black River is commanding attention in the Appalachian basin.Columbia Natural Resources Inc., Charleston, W.Va., will drill two more wildcats by yearend and at least 12 next year to Ordovician Trenton-Black River in West Virginia.Both of the wells CNR has drilled in Roane County, W.Va., "penetrated the Trenton-Black River formation and encountered natural gas flows at pressures considered extraordinary in the Appalachian basin," the company said.But the heart of the play lies far to the northeast in the Finger Lakes region of western New York State, where Columbia has established production from the same formation in numerous wells.What remains ...

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