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AAPG Bulletin


Volume: 44 (1960)

Issue: 6. (June)

First Page: 901

Last Page: 917

Title: Developments in West Coast Area in 1959

Author(s): H. L. Popenoe (2)


Washington: Five unsuccessful new-field wildcats were drilled. Exploratory footage totalled 34,688.

Oregon: Five unsuccessful new-field wildcats were drilled. Total exploratory footage was 9,640.

California: Four hundred ninety-eight exploratory wells were drilled with a footage total of 2,772,746. This is an increase of 4.6% in number of wells and 13.0% in total footage over 1958. Fourteen new fields, 8 oil and 6 gas, and 38 pools, 20 oil and 18 gas, were discovered. Exploration was 17.4% and 18.9% successful as to wells and footage, respectively, compared with 15.3% and 19.7% in 1958. Approximate production in 1959 was 307.2 million bbls. crude oil, down 2.1% from 1958, 29.1 million bbls. natural gas liquids, and 463.1 billion CF natural gas. Basement was reached in 30 unsuccessful exploratory wells. There were 46 active exploratory wells at the end of the year.

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