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Volume: 23 (1939)

Issue: 6. (June)

First Page: 844

Last Page: 859

Title: Developments in North-Central and West-Central Texas, 1938

Author(s): J. J. Maucini (2)

Abstract:

New developments and discoveries in north-central Texas during 1938 have materially increased the importance of the Strawn formations as major producing zones in the north-central district and have increased the scope of the Canyon and Cisco in the west-central.

The most important Strawn discovery in the north-central district was the Hull-Silk pool in north Archer County. Of smaller proportion, but highly significant, was the Adams Oil Company Moer No. 1 well near the town of Scotland which was completed from the Finley zone (one of the Hull-Silk pool zones) for approximately 115 barrels per day pumping.

Important extensions were made east and west of the K.M.A. field. The producing area was increased from about 10,000 acres in 1937 to 32,000 acres in 1938. This field, which was discovered in 1931 and had only five producing wells in 1935, began the year with 89 producers and ended with 890.

Sinclair-Prairie opened a new pool in the Delaware Bend area of Cooke County with its Best No. 1, and Rogers and Rogers another near the town of Nocona, Montague County, with the completion of their No. 1 Burnett. Both of these are lower Strawn in age.

Madden and Goldsmith and King Oil opened a new Canyon pool (Chalk Hill zone) in the Holliday district, Archer and Wichita counties. New Canyon production in Wilbarger County was also developed in the Castlebury pool from the Landreth limestone.

A small Bend pool was opened by Continental and Petroleum Producers on the State Asylum Lands on the outskirts of the town of Wichita Falls.

Important extensions to the James and Sims pools in southeast Young County, discoveries by Anzac Oil Company and R. V. Tidwell in southwest Young and the Wray pool in central Young served to keep interest active in the Bend areas of Young, Jack, and Throckmorton counties. A new feature of this area is the discovery of commercial Mississippian production in south Young County.

In the west-central district, two new pools, Irvin and Chittenden, were discovered in western Jones County in the Swastika sand underlying the Gunsight limestone, and new, deeper production was found in this zone in the Noodle Creek field. In eastern Jones County the Avoca pool, producing from the lower Canyon limestone (Avoca pay), was extensively developed. A new pool, the Griffin, was discovered in this same zone, and three new pools, Steffens, Fox, and Akard were discovered in shallower Cisco zones.

Although about the same number of wells were drilled in 1938 as in 1937, practically double the number of new pools and important extensions were reported. This was the result of more intensive application of geological and geophysical methods of exploration.

In spite of the larger amount of new production in 1938, the total production for the year was slightly less than in 1937. This was the direct result of the drastic proration conditions which were in effect during 1938.

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