By KATHY SHIRLEY
At the end of 1999 - the latest production
figures available from the New York State Department of Environmental
Conservation’s Division of Mineral Resources - three Trenton-Black
River fields were producing in New York.
- Columbia Natural Resources Glodes Corner Field came on line
in 1996, and in 1999 produced 2.5 billion cubic feet of gas
from 10 wells at depths ranging from 6,600 to 7,700 feet.
- Columbia’s Muck Farm Field was discovered in 1998, and in
1999 four wells produced 431 million cubic feet of gas from
between 6,800 and 7,800 feet.
- Pennsylvania General Energy’s Wilson Hollow Field was discovered
in 1999, and one well produced 58 million cubic feet of gas
that year from around 9,700 feet.
DEC records show that at the end of 1999 33 wells
had been completed in the Trenton-Black River in New York, and 15
of those reported some production.
And what a difference those wells are making to the
state’s production. DEC’s Kathleen Sanford said that in 1986 New
York’s production was 34.8 billion cubic feet of gas, and 89 percent
of that total was from 4,800 Medina and Queenston wells; none was
from the Black River formation.
By 1999 the state’s production declined dramatically
to 16.1 billion cubic feet of gas, but over 18 percent of that total
was from just 15 Black River wells.
Through the end of 2000 the state issued permits
for about 40 additional Trenton-Black River wells.
New York and West Virginia are not the only regions
where operators have banked Trenton-Black River fields. The search
has paid off in northeastern Ohio, where CGAS Exploration of Columbus
recently discovered the York Field in Ashtabula County.
That Trenton-Black River field was drilled based
on 2-D seismic, and today the firm has six producing wells with
plans for additional drilling and field extension using 3-D seismic.