Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Mineral Owners Want Well Production Cut

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Mineral Owners Want Well Production Cut

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The Oklahoma Corporation Commission has been asked to reduce the crude oil and natural gas production from one of Oklahoma's largest crude oil producing wells in recent decades, the Cottonwood Creek No. 1-32 well in Carter County.

However, the operator of the well, CNG Producing Co. told the commissioners that reducing the production rate could cause pollution of underground formations and could also be dangerous because of the high pressure at which the crude oil and natural gas are being produced. CNG Producing, which is based in New Orleans and has a divisional office in Tulsa, is a subsidiary of Consolidated Natural Gas Co. of Pittsburgh.

The well has been producing 3,700 barrels of crude oil and 2.7 million cubic feet of natural gas daily since Nov. 21.

The commissioners had granted a request by the company for a temporary waiver from the commission's oil and natural gas rules, which would allow the well to produce only 355 barrels of oil daily.

However, several owners of mineral interests leased to CNG Producing have asked the commission not to allow the company to produce at the extraordinary rates indefinitely, fearing that the well would drain the crude oil and natural gas reserves from under their properties.

In a hearing Monday, CNG Producing's manager of drilling, Jim Martin, said reducing the flow rate by increasing the pressure could force the crude oil and natural gas to push through the walls of the well bore and into other formations. This could cause contamination of subsurface water and could even force the crude oil to the surface, traveling along the outside of the surface casing - a 1,005-foot-long pipe from the surface that protects the shallow formations from contamination during the drilling and production processes. …

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