The Arkansas Oil and Gas Commission issued 25 drilling permits, 14 well completions, and two well recompletions during the last week. Area activity included the following:

Drilling permits

Columbia: Bonanza Creek Energy Resources LLC of Houston for R S Warnock No. 4 to TVD: 4,000 ft. and MD 4,000 ft. in Tokio Form. of Dorcheat Macedonia Fld. Loc. SHL: 2,268 ft. FSL & 2,071 ft. FEL and PBHL: 2,268 ft. FSL & 2,071 ft. FWL of Sec. 15-18S-21W. Contractor: Reliance Drilling; work begins Dec. 13.

Ouachita: Jerry Langley Oil Co. LLC of Smackover for Bryant No. 4 to TVD: 2,800 ft. and MD: 2,800 ft. in Blossom Form. of Smackover Fld. Loc. SHL: 2,038 ft. FNL & 1,706 ft. FWL and PBHL: 2,038 ft. FNL & 1,706 ft. FWL of Sec. 25-15S-16W. Contractor: Sewelll Drilling LLC; work began Dec. 6.

Jerry Langley Oil Co. LLC for Johnson No. 7 to TVD: 3,500 ft. and MD: 3,500 ft. in Tokio Form. of Smackover Fld. Loc. SHL: 554 ft. FSL & 903 ft. FEL and PBHL: 554 ft. FSL & 903 ft. FEL of Sec. 34-15S-15W. Contractor: Sewelll Drilling LLC; work began Nov. 30.

Louann Oil Co. of El Dorado for Chan A No. 1 to TVD: 3,000 ft. and MD: 3,000 ft. in Meakin Form. of Smackover Fld. Loc. SHL: 899 ft. FNL & 2,328 ft. FEL and PBHL: 899 ft. FNL & 2,328 ft. FEL of Sec. 30-15S-16W. Contractor: Sewell Drilling LLC; work begins Dec. 26.

Union: Jerry Langley Oil Co. LLC for Harris No. 1 to TVD: 2,800 ft. and MD: 2,800 ft. in Blossom Form. of Smackover Fld. Loc. SHL: 1,608 ft. FNL & 1,839 ft. FWL and PBHL: 1,608 ft. FNL & 1,839 ft. FWL of Sec. 16-16S-16W. Contractor: Sewelll Drilling LLC; work begins Dec. 11.

Jerry Langley Oil Co. LLC for J.D. Holloway No. 10 to TVD: 2,800 ft. and MD: 2,800 ft. in Blossom Form. of Smackover Fld. Loc. SHL: 1,612 ft. FSL & 1,045 ft. FEL and PBHL: 1,612 ft. FSL & 1,045 ft. FEL of Sec. 6-16S-16W. Contractor: Sewelll Drilling LLC; work begins Dec. 26.

Jerry Langley Oil Co. LLC for Louis Werner AB No. 47 to TVD: 2,800 ft. and MD: 2,800 ft. in Blossom Form. of Smackover Fld. Loc. SHL: 2,804 ft. FNL & 818 ft. FWL and PBHL: 2,804 ft. FNL & 818 ft. FWL of Sec. 5-16S-16W. Contractor: Sewelll Drilling LLC; work begins Dec. 17.

Well Completions

Columbia: Bonanza Creek Energy Resources LLC for Formby No. 8., 24-hr. prod. 54 bbls in Cotton Valley Form. of Dorcheat Macedonia Fld. Drilled to TD: 8,860 ft., perf. 7,994-8,667 OA ft. Loc. SHL: 942 ft. FNL & 1,989 ft. FWL and BHL: 1,044 ft. FNL & 1,297 ft. FWL of Sec. not available. Completed Nov. 21.

Well Recompletions

No local well recompletions were reported.

The number of rigs actively exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. fell this week by 11 to 1,800.

Houston-based oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. reported Friday that 1,382 were exploring for oil and 417 were searching for gas. One was listed as miscellaneous. A year ago, Baker Hughes counted 1,987 rigs.

Of the major oil- and gas-producing states, Arkansas, Colorado and Pennsylvania each gained one rig.

Alaska lost four rigs, while North Dakota dropped by three. New Mexico and Texas each decreased by two rigs. Louisiana dropped one rig. California, Oklahoma, West Virginia and Wyoming were unchanged.

The rig count peaked at 4,530 in 1981 and bottomed at 488 in 1999.

Loc. — location; Perf. — perforations; FEL — from the east line; FNL — from the north line; FSL — from the south line; FWL — from the west line; FEUL — from the east unit line; FWUL — from the west unit line; FNUL — from the north unit line; FSUL — from the south unit line; MCF — thousand cubic feet; bbl — barrel; MD — measured depth; TD — total depth; TVD — true vertical depth; PBTD — plug back total depth; BHL — bottom hole location; PBHL — proposed bottom hole location; SHL — surface hole location; OA — overall; N/A — not available.

Published: 12/10/2012