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 AZTEC WASH AREA, MONTEZUMA COUNTY, COLORADO

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CAUSE NO. 167

 

ORDER NO. 167-1

 

REPORT OF THE COMMISSION

 

This cause came on for hearing before the Commission on May 22, 1962, at 10 a.m., in Room 320E, State Capitol, Denver, Colorado, after publication of Notice of Hearing as required by law, and mailing of copies of the application pursuant to the regulations of this Commission, on the application of the Panther Oil & Gas Company for an order approving a water injection project for the Tocito Sandstone underlying certain lands in Montezuma County, Colorado.

 

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 the Tocito Sandstone constitutes a common source of supply of oil underlying the following described lands in Montezuma County, Colorado:

 

Township 32 North, Range 17 West, N.M.P.M.

 

 

 

Section

5:

SSW

Section

6:

All

Section

7:

E, NW, NESW

Section

8:

All

Section

17:

E, NW, NESW

Section

18:

NE NE [sic]

Section

20:

EE, NWNE

 

 

 

Township 32 North, Range 18 West, N.M.P.M.

 

 

 

Section

1:

NE, NESE

 

and such area is referred to as the Aztec Wash Area.

 

4. That the proposed project for injection of water into the Tocito Sandstone underlying said Aztec Wash Area will allow the recovery of oil which is not now recoverable from the reservoir in said Tocito Sandstone, and should therefore be approved as being in the public interest for conservation.

 

5. That the proposed operation, as presented by Applicant, will prevent avoidable waste of oil, and should therefore be approved.

 

6. That the success of the water injection program, as presented to the Commission, is dependent upon the results of a pilot water flood operation; and that therefore, in the event It becomes necessary in the future to change the present water injection program due to unforeseen developments, the operator should be permitted to make such charges in the approved plan of operations as may be required to facilitate the efficient development thereof, subject to the approval of the Director of the Commission.

 

ORDER

 

NOW, THEREFORE, IT IS ORDERED, that the following rules and regulations shall apply hereafter to the lands set forth in this order, in addition to other applicable rules and regulations and orders of the Commission, if any, heretofore adopted and not in conflict herewith:

 

Rule 1. The Tocito Sandstone constitutes a common source of supply of oil underlying the following described lands in Montezuma County, Colorado:

 

Township 32 North, Range 17 West, N.M.P.M.

 

 

 

Section

5:

SSW

Section

6:

All

Section

7:

E, NW, NESW

Section

8:

All

Section

17:

E, NW, NESW

Section

18:

NE NE [sic]

Section

20:

EE, NWNE

 

 

 

Township 32 North, Range 18 West, N.M.P.M.

 

 

 

Section

1:

NE, NESE

 

and such area shall henceforth be known as the Aztec Wash Area.

 

Rule 2. The plan presented by Applicant for injection of water into the Tocito Sandstone underlying the Aztec Wash Area is hereby approved, and the Panther Oil & Gas Company is authorized to inject water into said reservoir through injection wells in such quantities as shall be reasonably determined by the operator to best achieve the maximum recovery of oil without waste.

 

Rule 3. In the event it becomes necessary in the future to change the present water injection program due to unforeseen developments, the operator is hereby authorized to make such changes in the approved plan of operations as may be required to facilitate the efficient development thereof, subject to the approval of the Director of the Commission.

 

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

 

ORDERED this 22nd day of May 1962.

 

OIL AND GAS CONSERVATION COMMISSION OF THE STATE OF COLORADO

 

 

By

D.V. Rogers, Secretary