Details on Trenton-Black River Horizontal Drilling in NY State

devil in the detailsIt often surprises us which daily stories we write that will catch the most attention/be read the most. Yesterday, our most-read story was the fourth story down the page, about the prospects for horizontal drilling in yet another rock layer (see Trenton-Black River: New Natgas Rock Layer in Your Future?). We mentioned in passing the following: “The Trenton-Black River has been drilled in places like New York State (of all places!) for decades. However, NY’s Trenton drilling has been vertical-only, not horizontal drilling.” That statement was partially incorrect. While the Trenton and/or the Black River has been drilled in NY since 1985 (nearly 30 years) and the majority of the wells have been vertical, there are a number of horizontal wells drilled in the Trenton/BR in NY. We have more details on who’s done the drilling, and where…
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Trenton-Black River: New Natgas Rock Layer in Your Future?

You’ve heard of the Marcellus Shale layer, typically about a mile below the surface. You’ve heard of the Utica Shale layer, typically around 2 miles down. You may have heard (or read on MDN) about the Upper Devonian, located perhaps a thousand feet above the Marcellus (3-4,000 feet down). But we bet you haven’t yet heard about the Trenton-Black River limestone layer–nearly four miles down (around 20,000). According to the executive director of the West Virginia Oil and Natural Gas Association, the Trenton-Black River may be the next big natural gas producer that the miracle of horizontal drilling and fracking unlocks in the northeast…
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