New Mexico's Orogrande basin merits reconsideration now

Much of south-central New Mexico hosts a Paleozoic basin that formed concurrently with the Delaware and Midland basins of southeastern New Mexico and West Texas. This basin, known as the Orogrande basin, hosts Pennsylvanian and older rocks that are productive in these other basins.A previous paper written by the author and his late partner1 provided data on the potential of this basin. At that time in the mid-1980s only a few companies expressed an interest in the basin. Most of the industry ignored it, citing the belief that no reservoirs were present in the Orogrande basin.The recently announced Harvey E. Yates 1 Bennett Ranch discovery well in Otero County has caused the author and oth...

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