SUMMARY OF OIL AND GAS ACTIVITY IN ARIZONA: JaNuary - March 2011
STEVEN L. RAUZI, OIL & GAS ADMINISTRATOR, AZOGCC

Drilling Permits

Twenty-three (23) drilling permits were issued, eight wells were drilled, and eight wells were plugged through March.

CO2 Sequestration

Several formations in northeastern Arizona are being evaluated in conjunction with a USGS national assessment of geologic carbon dioxide storage. Depth and thickness maps are being prepared in this evaluation.

Geothermal Resources

Utah-based GreenFire Energy continues to pursue its CO2-based geothermal energy technology near Springerville in east-central Arizona. See GreenFire Energy's website at http://greenfireenergy.com for more information.

Potash Exploration

Passport drilled four stratigraphic wells at its potash project west of Petrified Forest National Park near Holbrook. Passport plans to drill several more wells in its evaluation program. See Passport's website at http://www.passportpotash.com for more information. HNZ Potash drilled four stratigraphic wells southwest of Petrified Forest National Park and plans to drill several more in its evaluation.

Producing well at DBK.

Oil and Gas Leases 2010

There were 710,000 acres leased for oil and gas in Arizona as of January 1, 2011. This is down from the 1.319 million acres under lease as of January 1, 2010.

Oil and Gas Production

Oil production totaled 40,137 barrels from 14 producing wells in 2010, down from 46,193 barrels from 16 wells in 2009. Gas production totaled 183 million cubic feet from 5 producing gas wells, down from 712 million cubic feet from 6 wells in 2009. No CO2 was produced in 2010. There was one active disposal well and 20 shut-in wells at yearend including 16 oil, 2 gas, 1 CO2, and 2 disposal wells.

Oil and Gas Conservation Commission

The Oil and Gas Conservation Commission held one regular meeting in the first quarter of 2011. Current commission members include J. Dale Nations, Tucson, Chairman; Stephen R. Cooper, Casa Grande; Frank Thorwald, Show Low; Robert L. Wagner, Mesa; and Maria Baier, ex-officio member and State land Commissioner. Links to rules and statutes and other information about oil and gas in Arizona may be found on the Commission's web page at http://www.azogcc.az.gov.

Steven L. Rauzi, 04/01/11


ARTICLE AUTHOR:



Steven L. Rauzi
Oil & Gas Administrator

Arizona Oil and Gas Conservation Commission
Tucson, AZ
steve.rauzi@azgs.az.gov

















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