Ekho deep test is spud amid San Joaquin Valley uncertainty

Members of Project Ekho have spudded what is billed as the first of three wells to test deep gas potential in California's San Joaquin Valley.Tri-Valley Oil & Gas Co., Bakersfield, had drilled past 11,000 ft by mid-February at the 1 Ekho in Kern County towards a projected 19,500 ft. The drill site is 40 miles northwest of Bakersfield.The well is the first of three that are to evaluate a large structurally controlled stratigraphic trap that was identified geologically and confirmed by a seismic survey.The target: Temblor sandstones, a thick package of Middle and Lower Miocene sands and shales and several shallower objectives.Canadian independents are paying a large share of drilling co...

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