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City Airport Trust Approves Oil Plan

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

City Airport Trust Approves Oil Plan

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A plan to unitize the East Wheatland oil field for an enhanced recovery operation on Will Rogers World Airport received first stage approval Wednesday by the Oklahoma City Airport Trust.

The plan, which will bring the 35 wells on 2,586 acres into a single unit, now must be approved by the Oklahoma City Council and the Oklahoma Corporation Commission.

Unitizing the field and switching to enhanced recovery will increase the productive life of the field and will not interfere with plans to develop new industry on the airport, according to Hank Willis, president of TXO Production Corp. of Houston which will be operator of the unitized field.

Two members of the three-person trust balked at initiating new wells on the east side of the airport because that property is reserved for new industry.

"We have to be careful there," said Trustee Jim Scott. "We will use that property for an airline and may build some smaller buildings there for smaller operations."

His thoughts were echoed by Chairman Ken Townsend.

"There are already three or four wells on that particular piece of land and there shouldn't be anything new there," he said. "We need the money from these wells, but we've got to be careful there."

Neither of them mentioned any specific industry targeted for that land. The site, however, is under consideration for a maintenance center for United Airlines.

A list of finalists in that competition is expected to be announced within two weeks. About 70 cities are competing for the $500 million center which would employ up to 7,000 people when fully operational.

Directional drilling methods can be used to recover oil from underneath that parcel, so the operation should not interfere with any planned development, Willis said.

Operators now are using that method to extract oil from about a dozen wells directly beneath the airport's three runways, he said.

Plans call for a water flooding secondary recovery method, Two non-producing wells will be converted to saltwater supply points to service about a dozen wells which will be converted from production to injection wells. …

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