DOE project eyes San Juan basin

The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded a $1.5 million contract to the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology at Socorro to determine the best way to boost San Juan basin gas production. DOE said that natural fracturing can cause wells to drain gas in irregular, elongated patterns that effectively seal off major sections of the reservoir. Its prior research has focused on how to detect and map the complex web of natural fractures in dense rock formations, the agency said.

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