Just found this permit application for Lacour 43.
PUBLIC NOTICE - - - In accordance with the laws of the State of Louisiana and the particular reference to the provisions of LA R. S. 30:4, and the provisions of Statewide Order No. 29-B as amended and adopted by the Office of Conservation of the State of Louisiana Anadarko E&P Company LP P. O. Box 1330 Houston, Texas 77251 832-636-3315 is applying to the Injection and Mining Division of the Office of Conservation for a permit to dispose of producing fluids generated from oil and gas production by means of an injection well, which is identified as Lacour 43 SWD Well No. 1, Serial Number (NA), with the injection interval at an approximate depth of 3365 ft. to 4395 ft. The well location is Section 43, Township 3S, Range 8E, Lacour Field, Pointe Coupee Parish, Louisiana. All interested parties are hereby given an opportunity to submit written comments no later than fifteen (15) days from the date of this publication. Identify the well when corresponding. Direct comments to: Office of Conservation Injection & Mining Division P. O. Box 94275 Baton Rouge, LA 70804-9275 Re: Comments for SWD Application 4513457-aug 9-1t - PUBLIC NOTICES/CONSERVATION
They are pumping mud into the formation while drilling and not clearing it. They are not supporting the formation with a gravel/sand pack at completion. Those are two things that it looks like they did in the well in Texas that they are not doing in this area.
Further, there is no reason to setup 1980 acre units in chalk other than to tie-up lease acreage. You can't drain that acreage with a single well in chalk. When you have these wells that they have screwed up and are producing minimally and you spread that around 1980 acres the land/royalty owners won't get much and they will have no recourse with the large units as far as a Pugh Clause is concerned. So they are stuck. The Commissioner of Conservation should have never allowed those size units without a supplemental drilling plan in place and a plan to truly develop the Chalk in this area. I went to the first pre-app conference and tried to tell the land owners that. The attitude was we haven't had any activity in this area in years and we'll let them do what ever they want. Just drill baby drill. I left at that point and have not been back to another pre-app hearing since. The president is set for large units.
CHK was taken to the woodshed not because of their approach but because of a stock pump and dump scheme. As far as data goes, APC has UPRC's data on the LaCour property and wells drilled in the early 90's. That said, I would agree that something doesn't seem right. Maybe it's misdirection on APC part or the rock properties make current completion methods inappropriate.
If I remember correctly though the first criticism came because they moved into the Louisiana Austin Chalk and were not hitting good wells. I think that started the "let's take a look at what they are doing" scenario.
Like the man said, they are getting a down hole pump for LaCour #43, and it probably gives them time to spruce up the infrastructure to handle the oil. Don't worry, LaCour #43 is a successful well but may not be just the right method to crack the egg open.
The info concerning the down hole pump came from one of the property owners.
Information about the well(s) staked out in Coon, LA is very limited. Word on the street is that 4 wells are to be drilled, roughly .75 mi. apart, in an Easterly direction beginning at the Bruckerhoff location mentioned previously. Financing is said to be from Chinese sources. No one seems to know or will not
divulge the companies involved. Leases in area have gone from $175/A to $400/A.
No permits yet on SONRIS.
Putting a down-hole pump in is never a good sign. That means that they don't have flow to the well bore and are going to have to salvage the well with a pump and suck the oil out. I would not be surprised to see the well on pump to be making less than 200 bbls of oil a day when it should be making 2000 bbls. if it had been completed correctly.
Early production numbers look good so an EP of 0 is fishy.
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It looks to me like the well is falling off rapidly. That's the reason for the down hole pump and the EP of 0. They don't have good communication between the well bore and the fractures in the formation. I can't understand why they are not using the same completion techniques that they have used in Texas. This bunch that's drilling over here don't seem to know what they are doing.
I am afraid Joe is right. There are dozens of wells in Pointe Coupee that could have been successful except for such bad drilling technique. We all tend to think wells go straignt down, but the corkscrew and wander all over the place for many reasons. Mudding up formations is another common practice and prevents sometimes the return to access other depths for production because the mud has closed off the formation near the bore. Back in the 1980's that is exactly what was going on, "drill baby drill."
This also the reason this time around we used a lawyer to draw up the lease to prevent land use abuses like odd size production areas. As the lawyer said a lot of upper Pointe Coupee folks got screwed on their leases. The production companies are in it to make money, the more money they can make the worse off the landowner is gonna be for it is landowner's resources they are tapping into.
You have got to ask yourself why some wells are still producing, why some have been reworked as many three times, etc. We certainly now know that all wells are not alike from a drilling prespective. It is more than the geology.
For your information there is a new post on Pryme's site. Its an interview with Justin Pettett in what they call "Board Room Radio". He says that the Rabalais was mudded up because of the mud weighting by Anadarko. Also, he admits that they used the wrong completion techniques in both Deshotels wells. They plan to go to a sloted liner or open hole completion in the future. That's exactly what I've been saying the first step should be in the completion of a well.
Take a look at it its interesting I don't or haven't seen anything that indicates Anadarko tried doing an acidization or a gravel/sand pack to try and break the mud up in the Rabalais well. They are letting it set and build up pressure for a month. That's the worst thing they can do. They need to try to break the mud up as soon as possible. Still don't have any idea what they are doing in the wells in this area.
WOW!!! Thanks for the lead Joe. That was very informative.
Why would Anadarko do such dumb stuff? You would think they would be using their best and most experienced brains when spending millions of shareholder's/investor's dollars. They are starting to look like another BP - cut a corner to save a buck . I see this happening frequently now in a lot of industries,banking and investing for one - lots of decisions made by inexperienced younger "educated" managers who have too much self confidence in their own abilities. Maybe I am just cynical but there seems to be a troubling pattern of screw-ups.