Niobrara gas well on Western Slope comes in big

WPX Corporate LogoCathy Proctor – Reporter-Denver Business JournalJanuary 22, 2012

Colorado’s Niobrara shale formation, known for producing mostly oil from Front Range wells through the use of horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing, now has spawned a gusher natural gas well in the Piceance Basin on the state’s Western Slope, according to WPX Energy Inc.

WPX (NYSE: WPX), based in Tulsa, Okla., on Tuesday said its first test well, drilled horizontally into the Niobrara formation under western Colorado’s Piceance Basin, initially produced 16 million cubic feet of natural gas per day — 16 times higher than typical wells drilled in area.

The Piceance Basin, near Rifle, boomed in the early 2000s as energy companies perfected directional drilling in the production of natural gas.

Some companies have recently begun testing the use of horizontal drilling and fracking to produce more natural gas in the area.

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