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AAPG Bulletin


Volume: 67 (1983)

Issue: 12. (December)

First Page: 2208

Last Page: 2224

Title: Dry Creek Field, Nebraska: Subsurface Methods Case History

Author(s): James P. Rogers (2), B. R. Stinson (3), G. E. Morgan (4)


Dry Creek field produces oil from thin Lansing (Pennsylvanian) limestone beds at a depth of about 4,000 ft (1,200 m) in central Hitchcock County, Nebraska. This subtle oil accumulation was discovered in 1963 by good fortune and weakly quantified subsurface geology; it remains geologically ill-defined. Conventional subsurface studies have been of little value in explaining the oil accumulation at Dry Creek field.

We have developed a method for evaluating thin Lansing reservoir beds that incorporates careful analysis of cuttings and logs of early vintage. This method facilitates mapping Lansing reservoir distribution, thereby permitting a better understanding of the subtle trap at Dry Creek. We believe this method can be used as an additional subsurface exploration tool in the northern Mid-Continent.

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