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AAPG Bulletin


Volume: 23 (1939)

Issue: 6. (June)

First Page: 797

Last Page: 806

Title: Developments in Kansas, 1938

Author(s): Rycroft G. Moss (2)


Drilling activity in Kansas dropped about 41 per cent below the previous year. The dry-hole percentage rose about 1 per cent and the average initial potential of oil wells fell nearly 100 barrels. The use of acid in the southwest Kansas gas area increased the initial potentials in this area about 25 per cent.

The general oil-producing area of western Kansas was extended about 15 miles northwest by the discovery of the Morel pool in Sec. 15, T. 9 S., R. 21 W., Graham County. Activity continued in the Zenith pool where 90 wells were drilled during the year. Discovery of Arbuckle dolomite production in the old Hittle pool was an important development in Cowley County for the year.

Early in the year there was considerable leasing activity in Graham, Sheridan, and Decatur counties which was caused by the discovery of the Morel pool. A very active leasing campaign was in progress at the close of the year in the Forest City basin in northeastern Kansas and adjoining areas.

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