Circular 206Hydrocarbon resources at Wipp site, New Mexico
By R. F. Broadhead, F. Luo, S. W. Speer, and P. C. Anselmo, 1998, 82 pp., 25 tables, 77 figs., 7 sheets. Companion to Circular 207.
This report presents the results of a comprehensive estimate of the volume of oil and natural-gas resource underlying the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) land withdrawal area, which surrounds the WIPP site. The WIPP site is an underground repository for the storage of radioactive waste. The WIPP land withdrawal area occupies a 16 mi2 area centered on the WIPP site. It is located approximately 30 miles southeast of Carlsbad in the east-central Eddy County, New Mexico. An additional one-mile-wide area surrounding the land withdrawal area was also evaluated.
The amount of natural resources underlying the WIPP land withdrawal area
had not been evaluated for more than 10 years. The oil and gas situation
of the area around WIPP changed dramatically between the time the previous
estimates were made and the time when this study was undertaken. During
the late 1980s and early 1990s, several oil and gas fields were discovered
underneath lands adjacent to the land withdrawal area. The more prominent
fields discovered during this time periods are the Livingston Ridge, Lost
Tank, Los Medanos, and Cabin Lake. Their discovery turned previously unproductive
lands into one of the most active oil and gas plays in the onshore U.S.
With the approach of the opening of WIPP as a nuclear repository, the need
for a current estimate was made imperative by these recent discoveries of
oil and gas.
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