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Four Corners Geological Society


Cretaceous and Tertiary Rocks of the Southern Colorado Plateau, 1973
Pages 178-184

A History of the Development of the Pictured Cliffs Sandstone in the San Juan Basin of Northwestern New Mexico

Charles F. Brown


Through the years of gas production in the San Juan basin, the Pictured Cliffs has been one of the most talked about, most sought after and least written about formations in the entire area. This paper will be an attempt to trace the history of gas development of this formation from the first discovery well through the present drilling activity.

This treatise will include its age, stratigraphic position in the section, lithology, mode of deposition, methods of completion and their effect on the development and production statistics of the various pools in the San Juan basin.

For the most part, this will be a history of El Paso Natural Gas Company’s participation in the development of the Pictured Cliffs Formation.

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