Colorado Oil and Gas Exploration History
Colorado oil and gas exploration originated in the Front Range of the state, as this is where the first wells were developed. The wells had been drilled to provide a sufficient amount of oil, which would serve the locals effectively. The Denver Basin, also known as the Julesburg Basin is the original drilling area that was first discovered. Exploration for oil and gas in Colorado has expanded over the recent years as many companies developed and settled in the Front Range area of the state in a bid to make the most from the oil fields.
Historical Oil and Gas Production in Colorado
In the Rocky Mountains area, the first commercially successful oil well was drilled near the city of Canon City, Colorado. This well was drilled in 1862 into the Canyon City-Florence Field which was drilled in an areas which has surface seeps of oil caused by fractures of the Pierre Shale.
In the rich history of oil production in Colorado, the first historical oil exploration well in the Denver Basin was developed in 1881. This oil discovery in Colorado led to the development of other high performing wells that are currently producing. Colorado has an expansive network of petroleum potential areas that are able to provide solutions to the oil industry. The Florence Canon City oil field is among the oldest and the high performing oil fields of all time in Colorado. According to the Oil & Gas Journal, the Florence project has produced more than 300,000 Barrels of oil as of March 2011.
This oil production is primarily from the Cretaceous Pierre Shale which is at a total depth of less than 4,000 feet.
Current Oil and Gas Production in Colorado
In Colorado, oil production is still very much alive and according to some data, monthly oil production over the past few years has been near and above 3 Million barrels per month.
Gas production is massively increasing due to an increase in the number of wells that are being drilled into various Shale plays such as the Gothic Shale in Colorado.
Major Oil Reservoirs in Colorado
The Greeley reservoir in Denver basin is one among the major reservoirs which can be able to produce a large amount of oil at any given time. The Wattenberg reservoir makes the list of the most reliable reservoirs in the state of Colorado. This is because the reservoir can be able to supply the commodity all year round and in the same constant capacity. The fields of Lambert are also very instrumental in producing oil and making sure that the supply chain does not go below the threshold standards.
Gothic Shale Play – Most of the Gothic Shale wells are drilled in Montezuma County Colorado, which is in the Southeast portion of the Paradox Basin. With several wells drilled in Colorado, one of the most significant wells in the Gothic Shale came online with a gas production rate of 5,700 MCF per day.
Niobrara Shale – The Niobrara Shale is a relatively new shale formation, which claims Yuma County, Colorado and Weld County, Colorado as part of the core Niobrara Formation.
Colorado Oil and Gas Regulatory Agencies
The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission are at the helm of registering the companies which come in to embark on the drilling process. The agency plays to the favor of the natives since it manages the fields and makes sure that the environment is maintained at a good and required standard. More information on the agency can be found below.
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