BEFORE THE OIL AND GAS CONSERVATION COMMISSION

OF THE STATE OF COLORADO

 

IN THE MATTER OF THE PROMULGATION OF FIELD RULES TO GOVERN THE SPACING AND DENSITY OF OIL WELLS IN THE SAND RIVER FIELD, MORGAN COUNTY, COLORADO.

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CAUSE NO. 35

 

ORDER NO. 35-1

 

REPORT OF THE COMMISSION

 

This cause came on for hearing before the Commission on June 3, 1954, at 10:00 A.M., in Room 704, State Capitol Annex, Sherman Street and 14th Avenue, Denver, Colorado, after publication of Notice of Hearing as required by law, in Cause No. 32, on the petition of the Skelly Oil Company for an order establishing 40-acre drilling units and the location of wells thereon in the Bobcat, Sand River, and Gary fields, in Morgan and Washington Counties, 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 "D" sand pool of the Dakota Series in the Sand River Field constitutes a common source of supply underlying the following described lands:

 

Sections Eleven (11), Fourteen (14), Twenty-three (23), Twenty-six (26), and Twenty-seven (27); the Northeast Quarter (NEĽ) and South Half (S˝) of Section Twenty-two (22), and the East Half (E˝) of Section Twenty-eight (28), Township One (1) North, Range Fifty-six (56) West of the Sixth (6th) P.M., Morgan County, Colorado.

 

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 40-acre drilling and spacing units for the production of oil from the said "D" sand pool of the Dakota Series, common source of supply underlying said land as defined herein; that said units should be 40-acre drilling and spacing units according to the governmental survey thereof; and that the permitted oil well for each unit should be located not less than Three Hundred Thirty (330) feet from any property line, lease line, or governmental quarter-quarter section line, and should be located not less than One Thousand Three Hundred Twenty (1320) feet from any other producible or drilling oil well located upon an adjoining drilling and spacing unit under lease to the same operator.

 

5.      That all available geological and engineering data concerning the said "D" sand pool of the Dakota Series indicate that one well should efficiently and economically drain an area of approximately Forty (40) 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 "D" sand pool of the Dakota Series.

 

6.      That the Bobcat, Sand River, and Gary fields are three different common sources of supply, and that the Sand River Field should hereafter be referred to as Cause No. 35.

 

ORDER

 

NOW, THEREFORE, IT IS ORDERED, that the following rules and regulations shall apply hereafter to a well drilled, completed, or recompleted in the "D" sand pool of the Dakota Series of the Sand River Field, in Morgan County, Colorado, as hereinabove defined in the Findings, which are hereby made a part hereof, in addition to ether applicable rules and regulations and orders of the Commission, if any, heretofore adopted and not in conflict herewith.

 

Rule 1.    The following drilling and spacing units shall be and the same are hereby established for the production of oil from the "D" sand pool of the Dakota Series, common source of supply underlying:

 

Sections Eleven (11), Fourteen (14), Twenty-three (23), Twenty-six (26), and Twenty-seven (27); the Northeast Quarter (NEĽ) and the South Half (S˝) of Section Twenty-two (22), and the East Half (E˝) of Section Twenty-eight (28), Township One (1) North, Range Fifty-six (56) West of the Sixth (6th) P.M., Morgan County, Colorado.

 

(a)     Forty (40) acre drilling and spacing units, according to the governmental survey thereof, for the production of oil.  The permitted well for each unit shall be located not less than Three Hundred Thirty (330) feet from any property line, lease line, or governmental quarter-quarter section line, and shall be located not less than One Thousand Three Hundred Twenty (1320) feet from any other producible or drilling oil well located upon an adjoining drilling and spacing unit under lease to the same operator.

 

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 "D" sand formation of the Dakota Series, as defined herein, for the purpose of producing oil therefrom, at a location other than authorized by this Order, is hereby prohibited.

 

IT IS FURTHER ORDERED, that the Sand River Field shall hereafter be referred to as Cause No. 35.

 

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 3rd day of June, 1954, 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, Secretary