The Arkansas Oil and Gas Commission issued 19 drilling permits, six well completions, and 11 well recompletions during the last reporting period. Area activity included the following:

Drilling permits

Columbia: Bonanza Creek Energy Resources LLC of Houston for Burdine No. 1 to TVD: 3,500 ft. and MD: 3,500 ft. in Tokio Form. of Dorcheat Macedonia Fld. Loc. SHL: 393 ft. FNL & 1,952 ft. FEL of Sec. 15-18S-22W. Contractor: Reliance Drilling; work begins September 20.

Miller: Cypress Operating Inc. of Shreveport for Mobley et al No. 1 to TVD: 6,600 ft. and MD: 11,600 ft. in Pettet Form. of Kiblah Fld. Loc. SHL: 173 ft. FSL & 2,768 ft. FWL of Sec. 17-20S-26W and PBHL: 448 ft. FNL & 3,032 ft. FWL of Sec. 8-20S-26W. Contractor: Nabors Completion & Production Services; work begins September 15.

Ouachita: Betsy Production Co. Inc. of Magnolia for Linkous No. 1 to TVD: 3,750 ft. and MD: 3,750 ft. in Lower Glen Rose and Travis Peak Form. of Wesson Fld. Loc. SHL: 200 ft. FNL & 220 ft. FEL of Sec. 23-15S-19W. Contractor: Sewell Drilling LLC; work begins Dec. 31.

Union: Arklatx Operating Co. Inc. of Smackover for Hatch No. 4 to TVD: 4,050 ft. and MD: 4,050 ft. in Urbana Sand Form. of Urbana Fld. Loc. SHL: 1,048 ft. FSL & 335 ft. FWL of Sec. 2-18S-13W. Contractor: not available; work began August 12.

Big Heart Oil Co. LLC of Smackover for Annie Tatum No. 5 to TVD: 2,650 ft. and MD: 2,650 ft. in Blossom, Lower Form. of Lisbon Northwest Fld. Loc. SHL: 2,161 ft. FSL & 689 ft. FEL of Sec. 26-16S-17W. Contractor: BLB Services Inc.; work began August 9.

Big Heart Oil Co. LLC for Tatum B-4 to TVD: 2,650 ft. and MD: 2,650 ft. in Blossom, Middle Form. of Lisbon Northwest Fld. Loc. SHL: 1,678 ft. FNL & 280 ft. FEL of Sec. 26-16S-17W. Contractor: BLB Services Inc.; work began August 20.

Well Completions

No local well completions were issued.

Well Recompletions

Columbia: Bonanza Creek Energy Resources LLC for Clayton-Franks No. 6, 24-hr. prod. 47 bbls in Cotton Valley Form. of Dorcheat Macedonia Fld. Drilled to TD: 8,800 ft., perf. 7,087-8,640 OA ft. of Sec. 16-18S-21W. Workover done August 1.

Ouachita: Arklatx Operating Co. Inc. for Murphy Hard D No. 54, 24-hr. prod. 1 bbls in Nacatoch Form. of Smackover Fld. Drilled to TD: 2,808 ft., perf. 1,952-1,954 OA ft. of Sec. 4-16S-15W. Recompletion done May 29.

Arklatx Operating Co. Inc. for SNS Tract No. 1 11, 24-hr. prod. 1.5 bbls in Nacatoch Form. of Smackover Fld. Drilled to TD: 2,644 ft., perf. 1,984-1,986 OA ft. of Sec. 29-15S-15W. Recompletion done May 31.

Union: Arklatx Operating Co. Inc. for Murphy Hardy B No. 20, 24-hr. prod. 0.5 bbls in Nacatoch Form. of Smackover Fld. Drilled to TD: 2,425 ft., perf. 1,961-1,963 OA ft. of Sec. 3-16S-15W. Workover done March 19.

Arklatx Operating Co. Inc. for Murphy Hardy C No. 19, 24-hr. prod. 1 bbls in Nacatoch Form. of Smackover Fld. Drilled to TD: 2,458 ft., perf. 1,958-1,962 OA ft. of Sec. 4-16S-15W. Recompletion done May 24.

Arklatx Operating Co. Inc. for T.C. Murphy Nac. UT No. 2, 24-hr. prod. 0.5 bbls in Nacatoch Form. of Wildcat Fld. Drilled to TD: 2,383 ft., perf. 1,983-1,988 OA ft. of Sec. 9-16S-15W. Workover done June 11.

Arklatx Operating Co. Inc. for T.C. Murphy Nac. UT No. 28, 24-hr. prod. 1 bbls in Nacatoch Form. of Smackover Fld. Drilled to TD: 2,195 ft., perf. 2,024-2,064 OA ft. of Sec. 9-16S-15W. Workover done July 11.

Arklatx Operating Co. Inc. for TR No. 11 2-A, 24-hr. prod. 0 bbls in Blossom Form. of Lisbon Northwest Fld. Drilled to TD: 2,596 ft., perf. 2,579.5-2,594 OA ft. of Sec. 25-16S-17W. Workover done July 11.

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Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs actively exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. dropped 15 this week to 1,776.

The Houston-based company said in its weekly report Friday that 1,382 rigs were exploring for oil and 387 for gas. Seven were listed as miscellaneous. A year ago there were 1,898 active rigs.

Of the major oil- and gas-producing states, California lost five rigs, Colorado dropped four, Louisiana, North Dakota and Utah each decreased by three, while Ohio and Wyoming each dropped two and West Virginia lost one. Texas gained two rigs, while Kansas and Pennsylvania each rose by one.

Alaska, Arkansas, New Mexico and Oklahoma were unchanged.

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

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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: 08/26/2013