Several gas zones targeted in east Kentucky

A drilling program has started in a lightly drilled part of the Appalachian basin west of giant Big Sandy gas field in eastern Kentucky.

Nov 15th, 2007

By OGJ editors
HOUSTON, Nov. 15 -- A drilling program has started in a lightly drilled part of the Appalachian basin west of giant Big Sandy gas field in eastern Kentucky.

OAG Resources Inc., private Colorado Springs operator, and Hay Exploration Inc., Ashland, Ky., assembled 28,000 acres in Boyd, Carter, and Lawrence counties, Ky., and shot 50 miles of 2D seismic.

OAG and Hay have drilled two vertical exploratory wells in nonproducing Carter County and have not disclosed details. The area is believed prospective for gas in Berea and Devonian shales and may have potential in Ordovician Knox-Beekmantown.

Recent construction of 60 miles of 20-in. gas pipeline through the area stimulated the activity. The new pipeline connects with an existing system near Denton, Ky.

The two companies plan to explore in 2008 to 9,000 ft to the Cambrian Rome sands, which produce gas to the southwest in Elliott County in the Rome trough.

Separately, OAG and Hay are completing a 45-well gas field development in Lawrence County.

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