DOE grant aids Green River basin wells

The US Department of Energy said a successful horizontal well it helped sponsor in the Green River basin of southwestern Wyoming could encourage nonconventional gas exploration in the Rocky Mountains.Last April, Union Pacific Resources Group Inc. (UPR) drilled a 17,000-ft well with a 1,700-ft horizontal section. In drilling the well, UPR used fracture imaging and advanced drilling technologies developed by DOE and GRI. Production from the well exceeded expectations, with more than 2.1 bcf of gas produced in the first 6 months of operations.UPR is now drilling two horizontal wells into the same formation. DOE said more wells are likely, and if they achieve comparable production, they could...

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