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REVIEW OF OIL AND GAS FIELDS
oil and 150 barrels of water a day, and the
Dakota formation well was producing 8 barrels
of oil and 8 barrels of water a day. Analyses
of the oils from the Frontier and Dakota and
gas from the Frontier are given on pages 327
and 328 and in table 8 (p. 287), respectively.
Analyses of the water from the Lance and
Frontier formations are given in table 9 (p.
Badger Basin produced 29,315 barrels of oil
during 1956 to bring the cumulative total pro-
duced through 1956 to 2,083,944 barrels. The
gas produced with the oil has been used for
lease fuel or flared; therefore, none has been
reported. About 1,000 acres has proved pro-
ductive from the Frontier sand. Recovery
per acre to 1957 has been 2,083 barrels. At
first, considerable oil was trucked into Montana
from the field. Later on, virtually all of the
oil was processed at a small refinery in the
field. The refined products were gasoline,
tractor fuel, and No. 3 fuel oil, and these prod-
ucts were distributed in the immediate area.
The refinery was closed in 1954. The oil is
trucked from the field.
The South Baggs field is in secs. 9, 10, and
16, T. 12 N., R. 92 W., Carbon County. Favor-
able structural conditions for oil and gas ac-
cumulations were indicated by seismic study
of the area before drilling . The Wasatch for-
mation is exposed on the surface at elevations
ranging from 6,300 to 6,400 feet.
The first well drilled in the unit was com-
pleted in April 1947 as a noncommercial gas
well in two zones of the Mesaverde formation.
The well had been drilled to 9,516 in the Man-
cos shale. In November 1954 gas was discov-
ered in the Lewis shale on completion of a well
in the C NE1/4NW1/4 sec. 9. Initial daily pro-
duction was 4.7 million cubic feet after the
pay zone was acidized and sand-fractured.
The producing interval was 4,692 to 4,720 feet.
Analysis of water from the Wasatch forma-
tion is given in table 9 (p. 292).
By September 1957 there were four shut-in
gas wells in the field. Until enough reserves
are developed to justify building a pipeline
to the field, it will remain shut in.
The unit agreement for the development and
operation of the South Baggs unit was effec-
tive September 1, 1946.
The Bailey Dome oilfieldl (fig. 9) in sees. 16
and 21, T. 26 N., R. 89 WV., Carbon County,
is on a small, elliptical dome with a closure
of approximately 200 feet. The beds on the
flanks of the structure dip evenly in all direc-
tions at about 4. Steele shale is exposed on
the surface, which has an average elevation
of 6,600 feet.
The field was discovered in January 1945 on
completion of a well in the SE/4NE1/4NE1/4
sec. 21. This well was drilled to 5,234 feet
and had an initial daily production of 634
barrels of oil from a sand in the Sundance
formation. In December 1945 a well in the
same quarter section was completed in the
Tensleep sandstone at 7,320 feet for an initial
daily production of 60 barrels of oil and 5
barrels of water.
On December 1, 1957, three oil wells were
producing in the field, all of which were com-
pleted in the Tensleep sandstone. Together,
the three wells were producing about 108
barrels of oil daily. Analyses of the oil from
the Sundance and Tensleep sands and of the
water from the Dakota, Lakota, Sundance, and
Tensleep formations are given on pages 328
and 329 and in table 9 (p. 292), respectively.
Oil production in 1956 totaled 64,121 barrels.
The cumulative oil and gas production from
the field to January 1, 1957, amounted to
482,525 barrels of oil and 1,131 million cubic
feet of gas.
The gas, produced with the oil from the
Sundance formation, is fed into the 8-inch
gas pipeline extending from the Lost Soldier
area to Sinclair, Wyo. The crude oil is
pumped into the pipeline that terminates at
the refinery at Sinclair.
The Bates Creek oilfield (fig. 10) is in secs.
8 and 16, T. 31 N., R. 81 W., Natrona County.
The oil accumulation at Bates Creek field is
thought to be stratigraphically controlled.
Quaternary alluvial deposits and the Cody
shale are exposed in the area at an average
elevation of 5,380 feet.
The discovery well, the No. 1 Klein-State,
in the C NWl/4SE1/4 sec. 82 was completed
October 7, 1954. Initial daily flowing pro-
duction was 110 barrels of 36 API gravity
oil from the Frontier sand at 1,170 to 1,195
feet. The log of this well shows the depth,
in feet., to.the top of formations as follows:
Frontier, 505; Muddy, 1,652; Dakota, 1.838;
Morrison, 1,902; Sundance, 2,050; Alcova,
2,587; Dinwoody, 3,263; Phosphoria, 3,386;
and Tensleep, 3,910. Analysis of oil from the
Frontier formation is given on page 329.
At least nine wells have been drilled in the
area; of these, seven have been completed as oil
wells in the basal Frontier sand, and three were
abandoned as failures. The field was shut in
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