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AAPG Bulletin


Volume: 65 (1981)

Issue: 4. (April)

First Page: 770

Last Page: 770

Title: Oil and Gas Exploration Wells in Pedregosa Basin: ABSTRACT

Author(s): Sam Thompson III, Jorge C. Tovar R., J. N. Conley

Article Type: Meeting abstract


In the Pedregosa basin and adjoining areas covering 49,500 sq mi (110,700 sq km) in southeastern Arizona, southwestern New Mexico, northwestern Chihuahua, and northeastern Sonora, 37 petroleum-exploration wells have penetrated Paleozoic and/or Precambrian rocks. Several shows of oil and gas have been reported, but no commercial production has been found. Many of the wells have been drilled on Basin and Range uplifts where reservoirs tend to be flushed with meteoric water. The best remaining prospects lie below the deeper parts of graben valleys where preservation of petroleum is more likely.

The highest ranking objective of the region is in Upper Pennsylvanian-Lower Permian rocks at the margin of the Alamo Hueco basin where shallow-marine dolostone reservoirs are juxtaposed with deep-marine, organically rich limestone and mudstone source rocks. A regional isopach and facies map of the Pennsylvanian shows that the basin axis trends generally southeastward from southern Hidalgo County, New Mexico, across the Ascension-Villa Ahumada area of Chihuahua. Several other petroleum-exploration objectives are indicated in the Paleozoic and Mesozoic rocks.

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