Potential for new Oil Wells in Fort Worth Texas

Oil wells in have been drilled in the greater Fort Worth, Texas area to a variety of depths in the following formations:

  • Frye Sand Oil Formation

  • Strawn Oil Formation

  • Canyon Oil Formation

  • Cisco Oil Formation

  • Palo Pinto Oil Formation

  • Ellen Burger Oil Formation

  • Black Shale Oil Formation

While a discussion of the viability for these formations for economical oil and gas production is beyond the scope of this article, the following material provides some contextual background for these formations in terms of structure, geology, and basic exploration history.

- Frye formations were discovered in late 1920’s and predominantly operated by Hess Oil Corporation and Conoco. During the flush production stage these formations produced over 8,000,000 barrels of oil.   Several water flood projects have been performed over the years with varying levels of success. Frye and Strawn sands are still known to produce from primary recovery, but these wells are becoming less common.

- Strawn, Canyon and Cisco formations are typically composed of sandstones, limestone and shale .  These formations are typically found in the central-northern Texas area. There are a few operating wells and rework oil wells in these formations around the Fort Worth, Texas area.

- Palo Pinto oil and gas formations are classified as being part of the Phanerozoic, Paleozoic, and Carboniferous Pennsylvanian-late geological age. The Palo Pinto has a composition of shale and/or limestone. The primarily rock type is mixed medium-grained clastic or limestone.

- The Ellen Burger Group of the West Texas Permian Basin is part of the Lower Ordovician Carbonate platform sequence that covers a large area of the United States and is well-known for being one of the largest shallow water carbonate platforms. Fossilized remains of alluvial fan/coastal sabkha paracycles are typically found in the lower Ellenburger, with subtidal paracycles that are in the Middle and Upper Ellenburger.

- The Black Shale‘s distinguishing characteristics include abundant pyrite, fine grain size, black color and high radioactivity. The black color is related to the high levels of pyrite and organic carbon. The high radioactivity is caused by uranium that is bound to the organic material. This shale is of fine-grained, disseminated, amorphous material, an oil- generating type. Wood particles are rarely found.

* The photos on this page do not represent any specific locations, projects, or company and are shown for visual purposes only. This is not a project for sale or a solicitation to purchase any oil wells for sale or natural gas wells for sale. This is not a presentation or offer to sell securities or to sell any other product whatsoever. This post is only for informational purposes to aid individuals who wish to develop oil and gas assets in this state.

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