Monday, November 7, 2011

Columbia County Arkansas - Smackover Brown Dense Shale

November 7, 2011 - Southwestern Energy (SWN) provided a drilling update on the Smackover Brown Dense Formation located in Arkansas and North Louisiana. The lower Smackover and Brown Dense formations have been a hot topic lately due to the huge oil potential. There are multiple zones that have a chance to produce both oil and natural gas. The Smackover Brown Dense play will be a hot shale field in 2012 so stay tuned. Southwestern Energy (SWN) had this to say about the find.

"Included in the approximately 948,000 net acres are 487,000 net acres located in the Lower Smackover Brown Dense formation, an unconventional oil reservoir found in southern Arkansas and northern Louisiana. The company spud its first well in September, the Roberson 18-19 #1-15H located in Columbia County, Arkansas, and is currently drilling the lateral portion of the well. This well has a vertical depth of approximately 9,200 feet and a planned horizontal lateral length of 4,000 feet. The well is expected to be completed in November. The company will spud its second well, the Garrett 7-23-5H #1 located in Claiborne Parish, Louisiana in November. This well has a planned total vertical depth of approximately 10,700 feet and a planned 7,900-foot horizontal lateral. The company plans to drill up to 8 additional wells as we continue to test the concept in 2012. If the company's drilling program yields positive results, it expects that activity in the play could increase significantly over the next several years."