By Bob Weaver|
The deep well boom has finally reached Calhoun County, nearly thirty
years after an
exploratory well was drilled at Mt. Zion. The string of permits
stretch across the
Trenton - Black River formations of the Appalachian Basin. (SEE
pictures, map and
earlier deep well permits under ARCHIVES March 11, 2001)
Ground has been broken for the first deep well site in Calhoun at the
head of Bull River
near the White Pine Road.
Well site at the head of
The drilling boom is sparked by the recent upswing in natural gas
prices, rising from a
low of $2 to $10 per thousand cubic feet.
On March 2, 2001 the Baker Hughes Rotary Rig Count for West Virginia
showed 21 in
operation, with a limited number of rigs able to do deep well
The results proclaimed are beyond "wildest expectations," based on the
of deep wells in Roane County. The deep wells are apparently producing
dollars in sales, with well pressures at 5000 pounds. A regular
shallow well often has
700 pounds pressure.
Recent additional well permits in Calhoun:
Mace lease (Mace #2) 49.5 acres on Sinking Springs Run, surface owner
Mace, royalty P. P. Gunn heirs, well operator Steven Satterfield
Grantsville, estimated depth 10,000 feet (12/13/2000).
Crawford lease (Crawford #2) 50 acres on tributary of Sinking Springs
owner Gerson Woodlands, royalty Randy Umstead et al, well operator
Satterfield Production, Grantsville, estimated depth 10,000 feet
Laughlin surface, 61.88 acres on Mushroom Run of the West Fork, Little
River, Lee District, surface owner Michael Laughlin, royalty Hays
heirs, well operator
Ardent resources, Bethel Park PA, estimated depth 22,000 feet
Victor #1, 75.25 acres on Road Fork of Laurel Creek, Sherman District,
Trio Petroleum, royalty owner Lorentz Hamilton et al, well operator
Glenville, estimated depth 21,000 feet (1/24/2001).
Shock surface, 112 acre lease at Mt. Zion, Center District, waters of
surface owner Mark Shock, royalty C. L. Shock, well operator McIntosh
Arnoldsburg, estimated depth 14,000 feet (12/12/2000).
Kesler Unit (J. M. Smith #1), 81 acres on Big Run, Sherman district,
Orville Yoak, royalty owner Kesler, Burrows and Yoak unit, well
Petroleum, Glenville, estimated depth 21,000 feet (1/23/01).
Barr-Cabot Lease (J. M. Smith #2), 324 acres on Phillips Run watershed
District, surface owner Mac Barr heirs and David Barr, royalty
Barr heirs, well
operator Cabot Oil and Gas, Charleston , estimated depth 21,000 feet
Stump-Cabot Lease (J. M. Smith #1), 157 acres on Little Kanawha River
District, Georgia Stump surface owner, Georgia Stump et al royalty
operator Cabot Oil and Gas, Charleston, estimated depth 21,000
Craddock surface, 68 acres on Daniels Run of Lee District, surface
Craddock, royalty owner W. T. Wiant estate, well operator Ardent
Park PA, estimated depth 22,000 feet.