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Volume: 22 (1938)

Issue: 3. (March)

First Page: 241

Last Page: 266

Title: Oriskany as a Source of Gas and Oil in Pennsylvania and Adjacent Areas

Author(s): Charles R. Fettke (2)


The discoveries of relatively large volumes of gas in the Oriskany sandstone in the Wayne-Dundee field in Schuyler County, New York, in March, 1930, and in the Tioga field in Tioga County, Pennsylvania, in September, 1930, first focused attention on this Lower Devonian formation as a potential source of gas in the northern Appalachian Plateau province. The areal distribution, thickness, and physical characteristics of the Oriskany sandstone are described. Most of the Oriskany gas production in the northern part of the province has come from eight pools located in south-central New York and north-central Pennsylvania. Their location, size, structure, and other pertinent features are described. Oil in commercial quantities in the Oriskany has been encountered in only two sm ll pools in eastern Ohio. Analyses of connate waters from the Oriskany sandstone from several widely separated areas are given. A relationship between the composition of the hydrocarbon gases found in the Oriskany and the degree of metamorphism of the associated strata is pointed out. Possible reserves in the Oriskany in Pennsylvania are discussed.

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