BEFORE THE OIL AND GAS CONSERVATION COMMISSION

OF THE STATE OF COLORADO

 

IN THE MATTER OF THE APPLICATION OF BILL TOMBERLIN FOR AN ORDER FROM THE COLO-RADO OIL AND GAS CONSERVATION COMMISSION PROVIDING FOR TWENTY ACRE DRILLING AND SPACING UNITS ACCORDING TO THE GOVERN-MENTAL SURVEY THEREOF FOR THE "J" SAND, COMMON SOURCE OF SUPPLY UNDERLYING THE SE¼ OF SECTION 24 AND E½ OF SECTION 25, TOWNSHIP 1 SOUTH, RANGE 57 WEST, ADAMS COUNTY AND S½ OF SECTION 19 AND ALL OF SECTION 30, TOWNSHIP 1 SOUTH, RANGE 56 WEST, IN WASHINGTON COUNTY, COLORADO, WHICH AREA IS PRESENTLY REFERRED TO AS THE LITTLE BEAVER AREA.

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CAUSE NO. 19

 

ORDER NO. 19-1

 

APPEARANCES:

Bill Tomberlin, Denver, Colorado

R.I. Williams, Lion Oil Company, Denver, Colorado

Wilbur Rocchio, Assistant Attorney General, and D.V. Rogers Petroleum Engineer, for the Commission.

 

REPORT OF THE COMMISSION

 

This cause came on for hearing before the Commission On September 8, 1953, at ten o'clock A.M., 704 State Capitol Annex, Sherman Street and 14th Avenue, Denver, Colorado, after publication of Notice of Hearing as required by law, on the petition of Bill Tomberlin for an order from the Commission establishing twenty (20) acre drilling and spacing units according to the governmental survey thereof, for the production of oil and gas from the Dakota Sand, often referred to as the "J" Sand, common source of supply underlying the Southeast Quarter (SE/4) of Section twenty-four (24); the East Half (E/2) of Section Twenty-five (25), Township One South (1S), Range Fifty-seven West (57W) of the Sixth (6th) Principal Meridian, in Adams County Colorado; and the South Half (S/2) of Section Nineteen (19); all of Section (30), in Township One South (1S), Range Fifty-six West (56W), in Washington County, Colorado, which area is referred to in the said petition as the Little Beaver area.

 

The applicant, Bill Tomberlin, is the owner of oil and gas leases within the above described area, and has heretofore completed his Hogsett No. 1 and No. 2 wells, which are located as follows:

 

Hogsett No. 1 - SE¼SE¼NW¼ of Section 30;

Hogsett No. 2 - SE¼SW¼NW¼ of Section 30;

 

all in Township One South (1S), Range Fifty-six West (56W), in the Dakota or "J" Sand, the top of which is found, in the Hogsett No. 1 well, at the approximate depth of 5372 feet below the surface.  Evidence and testimony presented at the hearing disclose that one well will adequately drain the recoverable oil underlying twenty (20) acres in the Dakota Sand, and that twenty (20) acres is not smaller than the maximum area which can be efficiently drained by one well producing from the Dakota Sand.

 

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 Dakota Sand Pool, sometimes referred to as the "J" Sand Pool, in the Little Beaver Field, as used herein, constitutes a common source source [sic] of supply of oil and gas underlying the following described lands in Adams and Washington counties, Colorado:

 

Southeast Quarter SE¼ of Section Twenty-four (24); and the East Half (E½) of Section Twenty-five (25); in Township One South (1S) Range Fifty-seven West (57W) of the Sixth (6th) Principal Meridian, Adams County;

 

The South Half (S½) of Section Nineteen (19), and all of Section Thirty (30) in Township One South (1S), Range Fifty-six West (56W) of the Sixth (6th) Principal Meridian, in Washington County.

 

4.      That in order to prevent waste of oil and gas as defined in the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Act of 1951, as amended, and to prevent the drilling of unnecessary wells, an order should be made establishing twenty (20) acre drilling and spacing units for the production of oil and gas from the said Dakota Sand Pool, or "J" Sand Pool, common source of supply underlying said land, as defined herein; that said units should be formed by a line running north and south through the center of each quarter quarter section, according to the governmental survey thereof and the permitted wells should be located one in the center of the northwest ten (10) acres and one in the center of the southeast ten (10) acres of each quarter quarter section; and a tolerance of fifty (50) feet in any direction from the prescribed location should be permitted to avoid surface hazards and obstructions.

 

5.      That all available geological and engineering data concerning the said Dakota Sand Pools or "J" Sand Pool, in the said Little Beaver Field, indicate that one well should efficiently and economically drain an area of approximately twenty (20) acres, and that units of the size and shape hereinabove described are not smaller than the maximum area that can be efficiently drained by one well producing from the said Dakota Sand Pool, or "J" Sand Pool.

 

6.      That an exception should be allowed for the Lion Oil Company # 1 Flessner well located in the center of the Southwest Quarter of the Southwest Quarter of the Northeast Quarter (SW¼SW¼SE¼) of Section Thirty (30), Township One South (1S), Range Fifty-six West (56W), Washington County, and that said well should be the permitted well for the unit in which it is located.

 


 

ORDER

 

IT IS THEREFORE ORDERED, that the following rules and regulations shall apply hereafter to a well drilled, completed, or recompleted in the Dakota Sand Pool, sometimes referred to as the "J" Sand Pool, of the Little Beaver Field, in Adams and Washington counties, as hereinabove defined in the Findings, which by reference are made a part hereof, in addition to other applicable rules and regulations and orders Of the Commission, if any, heretofore adopted and not in conflict herewith;

 

Rule 1.    Twenty (20) acre drilling and spacing units shall be and the same are hereby established for the production of oil and gas from the Dakota Sand Pool sometimes referred to as the "J" Sand Pool, common source of supply underlying the Southeast Quarter (SE¼) of Section Twenty-four (24); and the East Half (E½) of Section Twenty-five (25); in Township One South (1S), Range Fifty-seven West (57W) of the Sixth (6th) Principal Meridian, Adams County, Colorado, and the South Half (S½) of Section Nineteen (19), and all of Section Thirty (30), in Township One South (1S), Range Fifty-Six West (56W) of the Sixth (6th) Principal Meridian, in Washington County, Colorado, and such area shall henceforth be known as the "J" Sand Pool of the Little Beaver Field.

 

Rule 2.    The said units shall be formed by a line running north and south through the center of each governmental quarter quarter section, and the permitted wells for each unit shall be located one well in the center of the northwest ten (10) acres and one well in the center of the southeast ten (10) acres of each quarter quarter section, and a tolerance of fifty (50) feet in any direction from the prescribed location shall be permitted only where surface obstructions or hazards make it unduly hazardous or expensive to drill at the prescribed location.

 

IT IS FURTHER ORDERED, that by order of the Commission, after due notice and hearing, the said Dakota Sand Pool, or "J" Sand Pool, in the Little Beaver Field, Adams and Washington counties, Colorado, may be redesignated from time to time to embrace other lands in the vicinity which are believed, on the basis of additional development, to be capable of producing oil and gas from the said Dakota Sand Pool or "J" Sand Pool, common source of supply.

 

IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that an exception is hereby allowed for the Lion Oil Company No. 1 Flessner well located in the center of the Southwest Quarter of the Southwest quarter of the Northeast Quarter (SW¼SW¼NE¼) of Section Thirty (30), Township One South (1S), Range Fifty-six West (56W); Washington County, Colorado, and that said well shall be the permitted well for the unit on which it is located, and no other well shall be drilled to said sand on said unit.

 

IT IS FURTHER ORDERED, that the rules and regulations contained herein shall become effective forthwith; and henceforth the commencement of the drilling of any well or wells in the Dakota Sand Pool, or "J" Sand Pool, as defined herein; for the purpose of producing oil and gas therefrom at a location other than authorized by this Order; is hereby prohibited.

 

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 rules and regulations.


 

ORDERED this 8th day of September; 1953, by the Oil and Gas Conservation Commission of the State of Colorado.

 

OIL AND GAS CONSERVATION COMMISSION OF THE STATE OF COLORADO

 

 

By  Annabel Hogsett, Assistant Secretary