BEFORE THE OIL AND GAS CONSERVATION COMMISSION

OF THE STATE OF COLORADO

 

IN THE MATTER OF THE PROMULGATION AND ESTABLISHMENT OF FIELD RULES TO GOVERN OPERATIONS IN THE BIG GULCH FIELD, MOFFAT COUNTY, COLORADO

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CAUSE NO. 144

 

ORDER NO. 144-3

 

REPORT OF THE COMMISSION

 

This cause came on for hearing before the Commission on August 18, 1970, at 10 a.m., in the P.U.C. Hearing Room, 5th Floor, Columbine Building, 1845 Sherman Street, Denver, Colorado, after publication of Notice of Hearing as required by law, on the application of Tesoro Petroleum Corporation, for an order amending Rule 1 of Order No. 144-1 deleting certain lands overlying the Mesaverde and Frontier formations and further to amend Rule 2 of said Order and establish for the remaining lands one designated drilling and spacing unit for production of gas from the Frontier formation and four designated drilling and spacing units for production of gas from the Mesaverde formation.

 

FINDINGS

 

The Commission finds as follows:

 

1. That due notice of the time, place and purpose of the hearing has been given in all respects as required by law.

 

2. That the Commission has jurisdiction over the subject matter embraced in said Notice, and of the parties interested therein, and jurisdiction to promulgate the hereinafter prescribed order.

 

3. That evidence presented at the hearing indicates that the Mesaverde and Frontier formations, common sources of supply of gas underlying the area as defined in Rule 1 of Order No. 144-1, do not coincide and that said Rule should be amended to delete the following described lands overlying the Mesaverde formation in the Big Gulch Field, Moffat County, Colorado:

 

Township 7 North, Range 93 West, 6th P.M.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sec.

8:

All

Sec.

16:

N NE, N NW,

Sec.

9:

All

 

 

SW NW, Lots 1, 2,

Sec.

10:

All

 

 

and 3

Sec.

11:

All

Sec.

17:

N, N SW, Lots 1,

Sec.

14:

All

 

 

2 and 3

Sec.

15:

E, N NW,

Sec.

20:

SE, Lots 3, 4, and 6

 

 

Lots 1 and 2

Sec.

22:

Lot 6 less the West 45

 

 

 

 

 

acres, Lots 8 and 9

 

 

 

Sec.

23:

All

 

 

 

Sec.

24:

All

 

and to delete the following described lands overlying the Frontier formation in the Big Gulch Field, Moffat County, Colorado:

 


 

Township 7 North, Range 93 West, 6th P.M.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sec.

8:

All

Sec.

17:

All

Sec.

9:

All

Sec.

20:

All

Sec.

10:

All

Sec.

21:

S

Sec.

11:

All

Sec.

22:

All

Sec.

14:

All

Sec.

23:

All

Sec.

15:

All

Sec.

24:

All

Sec.

16:

N NE, N NW,

 

 

 

 

 

SW NW, Lots 1,

 

 

 

 

 

2, and 3

 

 

 

 

4. That in order to prevent the waste of gas, as defined by law; to protect the correlative rights of all parties concerned; to prevent the drilling of unnecessary wells, and to insure proper and efficient development and promote conservation of the gas resources of the State, Rule 2 of Order No. 144-1 should also be amended and establish for the remaining lands one 640-acre designated drilling and spacing unit for the production of gas from the Frontier formation and four designated drilling and spacing units of approximately 480 acres each for production of gas from the Mesaverde formation, with a permitted well for each said unit.

 

ORDER

 

NOW, THEREFORE, IT IS ORDERED, that Rules 1 and 2 of Order No. 144-1 are hereby amended and the lands as described in Finding 3 are hereby deleted from the Big Gulch Field; and for the remaining lands, the following spacing and drilling units shall be, and the same are hereby established for the production of gas from the Mesaverde and Frontier formations:

 

Frontier Gas Unit

 

Township 7 North, Range 93 West, 6th P.M.

 

 

Sec. 16:

NW SW, Lots 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8

Sec. 21:

Lots 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5

 

 

containing 655 acres, more or less

 

and the permitted well for this unit shall be the No. 1-16 Alpha-State, located 852 feet from the east line and 660 feet from the south line of Section 16.

 

Mesaverde Gas Unit No. 1

 

Township 7 North, Range 93 West, 6th P.M.

 

 

Sec. 16:

NW SW, Lots 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8

Sec. 21:

Lots 1 and 5

 

 

containing 505 acres, more or less

 

and the permitted well for this unit shall be the No. 1-16 Alpha-State, located 852 feet from the cast line and 660 feet from the south line of Section 16.


 

Mesaverde Gas Unit No. 2

 

Township 7 North, Range 93 West, 6th P.M.

 

 

Sec. 15:

Lots 3 and 4

Sec. 22:

Lots 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5

 

 

containing 465 acres, more or less

 

and the permitted well for this unit shall be the No. 2-22 Beta-State, located 1320 feet from the north line and 1320 feet from the west line of Section 22:

 

Mesaverde Gas Unit No. 3

 

Township 7 North, Range 93 West, 6th P.M.

 

 

Sec. 17:

N SE, Lots 4, 5, and 6

Sec. 20:

SW NE, Lots 1, 2, and 5

Sec. 21:

Lots 2, 3, and 4

 

 

containing 470 acres, more or less

 

and the permitted well for this unit shall be the No. 2-21 Culverwell, located 1820 feet from the north line and 1500 feet from the west line of Section 21:

 

Mesaverde Gas Unit No. 4

 

Township 7 North, Range 93 West, 6th P.M.

 

 

Sec. 21:

S

Sec. 22:

S SW, West 45 acres of Lot 6, Lot 7

 

 

containing 493 acres, more or less

 

and the permitted well for this unit shall be located in the approximate center of the SE of Section 21.

 

IT IS FURTHER ORDERED, that the order contained herein shall become effective forthwith.

 

IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that the Commission expressly reserves its right, after notice and healing, to alter, amend or repeal any and/or all of the above orders, rules and regulations.

 

ORDERED this 18th day of August 1970.

 

OIL AND GAS CONSERVATION COMMISSION OF THE STATE OF COLORADO

 

 

By

Frank J. Piro, Secretary