COGCC Hearing on August 8-9, 2011 to Establish Field Rules for Massive Niobrara Wildcat Program
On June 9th 2011, Chesapeake Exploration, LLC filed a verified application with the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) for an order to establish field rules to govern the operations in unnamed fields in Douglas and Elbert counties for 25 approximate 640-acre drilling and spacing units with one horizontal well within each unit for the production of oil, gas, and associated hydrocarbons from the Niobrara Formation.
Approval of the field rules by the COGCC is a first step to initiating a drilling program. Readers may access the relevant applications 1108-SP-79, 1108-SP-80 before the COGCC meeting on Monday and Tuesday August 8 and 9, 2011. Details containing the time and location of the hearing can be found in the aforementioned links for those who wish to attend and give input.
If approved by the COGCC, the results of this large program will answer the question of the highly speculated productivity of the Niobrara in this southern portion of DJ basin. To date most of the Niobrara drilling has been focused inside and on the margins of, the prolific Wattenberg field, where production has already been confirmed from the Niobrara.
The proposed drilling locations (shown on accompanying map) seem to have the spacing, separation and areal extent to effectively delineate and characterize the Niobrara in this relatively unexplored region. The results from this drilling program will no doubt largely influence future leasing efforts in both Douglas and Elbert Counties by Chesapeake Exploration and other interested operators.