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Title: Exploration for oil and gas in Florida
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FLORIDA GEOLOGICAL SURVEY


1960
SUPPLEMENT TO
INFO RM NATION CIR CU LAR NO.
(REVISED)


EXPLORATION FOR OIL & GAS IN FLORIDA




By


R B E R

CHARLES


3. VERNON,
and
W HENRY,


Direct or

Geologist


TALLAHASSEE ,
March 1 ,


FLORIDA
1961












SOIL AND GAS EXPLORATION ACTIVITIES IN FLORIDA

During 1960

By
Robert O. Vernon and Charles W. Hendry, Jr.



Eleven permits to drill in Florida were granted by the Oil and

Gas Division of the State Board of Conservation in 1960, but only four

wells were completed and one of these was permitted during 1959.

Although the wells completed in 1960 were only 32 percent of those of

-1959, the total footage of holes drilled in completed wells in 1960 was

2 66 percent of that of 1959.

The four completions of 1960 represent a total of 53,866 feet

of drilling as compared with 80,835 feet of drilling in eleven completions

-- of 1959. These completions were made in Collier, Lee, Monroe and

Santa Rosa counties. All were testing the sediments of the Lower

Cretaceous. Each penetrated below 12,000 feet and the Gulf Oil

Corporation, No. 1 Outer Continental Shelf, Block 28, well was the

second platform well drilled in Florida (fig. 1). Oil shows were recorded

in each of the completions with the exception of the well in Santa Rosa

County.

--While the oil and gas exploration activity in Florida during 1960,

measured by completions, is only 32 percent of that in 1959, the interest


1.

















































Figure 1. Offshore barge No. 52 of the Offshore Company, Houston, Texas,
used to drill the Gulf Oil Corporation No. 1 Marquesas Outer
Continental Shelf Block No. 28 well.









in the State as a potential producer is more accurately indicated by the

number of permits granted, eleven as compared to ten in 1959. A further

evidence of the interest is given in the number of platform wells that were

active. Four wells were active from deep-water platforms and these

reflect a renewed evaluation of the possibility of oil production from the

Florida submerged plateau.

The United States Supreme Court Opinion, dated May 31, 1960,

that reaffirmed the title of Florida to lands covered by Gulf waters to

distances of three leagues (about 10 miles) from the coastline, brought

a new interest in the evaluation of these lands.

There was no developmental activity in Florida's only oil field

but, as the end of the year approached, the Humble Oil and Refining

Company, No. 1 Miles Collier well, located about 6 miles southeast of

the Sunniland field, was being tested and gave indications of a suitable

structure, adequate porosity and a good show of oil. Miles Collier Well

No. 2 is being drilled as a further development of the structure. This

strongly developed show of oil, combined with the availability of the now

uncontested broad acres of submerged land, points toward an increased

interest in Florida as an oil possibility. The very low decline rate of

the Sunniland field is attractive for long range planning and development.












SUNNILAND FIELD


Eleven wells continue to produce in the Sunniland oil field.

Twenty wells have been drilled to define the oil field, which is about

2 miles wide and 3 miles long. The field is estimated to contain about

1,920 acres located in parts of sections 13 and 24, T. 48 S., R. 29 E.,

and parts of sections 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 29 and 30 of T. 48 S. R. 30 E.,

in Collier County.









TABLE 1


OIL PRODUCTION --SUNNILAND FIELD, 1960
Eleven Producing Wells--All on Pump


Month

January
February
March
April
May
June


Barrels

36,411
34,954
35,701
30,305
31,375
27, 219


Month

July
August
September
October
November
December


Total Barrels Produced in 1960
Accumulative Production Since 1943


Barrels

30,695
30,064
26,743
28,194
27,492
29, 825

368,978
6,458,448


Production

483,146
480,381
459,612
445,886
386,251
368,978


Production Decrease
From Previous Year

43,076
2, 765
20,769
13,726
59,635
17, 273


Percent Decrease
From Previous Year


8.21
.57
4.32
3.00
13.37
4.47


NOTE: The production during 1960 shows only a 24. 2 percent decrease
from that of 1950.

NOTE: The value of the oil production in 1960 was approximately $2. 80
per barrel at the field. The gravity of the oil averages about
24 degrees.


Year

1955
1956
1957
1958
1959
1960








1960 GEOPHYSICAL ACTIVITY


Geophysical activity in Florida has declined steadily, reaching

the low point of the past ten years in 1959, and in 1960 continued to decline.

The total crew weeks expended in 1960 was 52 percent of that of 1950. Only

the crew weeks expended in core drilling were increased. Of the total

crew weeks worked, 72 percent was in the Peninsula in Collier, Hendry

and Lee counties. A summary of the geophysical activity follows:

TABLE 2

1960 GEOPHYSICAL CREW WEEKS
By Companies

Seismograph
Company Reflection Refraction Core Drill Total

Humble 35 42 77
Mobil 10 10
Sun 2 2

TOTALS 35 10 44 89


Year Seismograph Core Drill Resistivity Magnetometer Gravity Meter

1959 160 9 0 0 1
1960 45 44 0 0 0


115 35 0 0 1
Decrease Increase No Change No Change Decrease


NOTE: There were no experimental, resistivity, magnetometer,
or gravity meter crew activity in Florida in 1960.








TABLE 3

1960 GEOPHYSICAL CREW WEEKS
By Counties


Seism
Refraction


ograph
Reflection


Core Drill


Collier
Escambia
Gadsden
Hendry
Lee
Santa Rosa

TOTALS


7


NOTE: There were no gravity meter, magnetometer, or
resistivity crew activities in Florida in 1960


Total Crew Weeks in 1959
Total Crew Weeks in 1960
Net Decrease, Weeks


170
- 89
81


TABLE 4

1960 GEOPHYSICAL RECORD
Company and Area Prospected


Method


No. Weeks


Counties Prospected


Collier,
Collier,


Reflection Seis.
Core Drill

Refraction Seis.


Core Drill


a


Hendry
Hendry, Lee


Escambia, Santa Rosa


Gadsden


Total Crew Weeks in 1959
Total Crew Weeks in 1960
Net Decrease, Weeks


County


Total


Company

Humble


Mobil


Sun


TOTAL


170
- 89
81









FUTURE PROSPECTS


The success in Mississippi in both the exploration of the Lower

Tuscaloosa section of the Upper Cretaceous and in the multiple-pay

zones of the Lower Cretaceous sediments, the development of the first

commercial production from the Selma chalk, and the discovery of 22

new fields, has resulted in a concentrated exploration in that State,

with a resulting decrease of interest in Florida. However, the excep-

tional porosity and permeability of the Sunniland oil field and the very

low decline rate of production, the clearing of the title to Florida's

submerged plateau, and this phenomenal developmental success in

Mississippi could combine to produce some interest in Florida's sub-

merged bottom. Excellent shows of oil southeast of the Sunniland field

in the Humble Oil Company Miles Collier prospects probably will result

in additional prospects in the vicinity of the Sunniland field.










G E 0 R G I A


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i EFACTIN .SEISMOAm ,,
TEST COMMENCED1958,TEMPORARILY ABANDONED JANUARY 1,1960,
PLUBSED DECEMBER 1,19

TESTS COMMENCED AND COMPLETED 19iO
TESTS COMMENCED 1960, DRILLING JANUARY 1,190





APPROXIMATE LOCATION OF
GEOPHYSICAL AND EXPLORATORY
KILLING ACTIVITIES DURING 1960


FIGURE 2


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SUMMARY OF EXPLORATORY ACTIVITIES DURING 1960

TESTS COMMENCED IN 1958
PLUGGED IN 1960


Hillsborough County

Sumner Oil Company, Ltd.
No. 1 Julian Sumner
3,001 feet deep.


TESTS COMMENCED IN 1959
COMPLETED IN 1960


Collier County

Humble Oil & Refining Company
No. 2 Gulf Coast Realties Corporation "B"
12,076 feet deep. Plugged and abandoned.


TESTS COMMENCED AND COMPLETED IN 1960


Lee County

California Company & Coastal Petroleum Company
No. 1 Florida State Lease #224-B
13, 975 feet deep. Plugged and abandoned.

Monroe County

Gulf Oil Corporation
No. 1 Marquesas Outer Continental Shelf, FSL 0665, Block 28
Plugged and abandoned.

Santa Rosa County

Socony Mobil Oil Company, Inc.
No. 1 St. Regis Paper Company, Inc.
12, 523 feet deep. Plugged and abandoned.










WELLS COMMENCED IN 1960
NOT COMPLETED JANUARY 1, 1961


Collier County

Humble Oil & Refining Company
No. 1 Miles Collier
11,648 feet deep on December 31, 1960.
Oil shows Southeast Sunniland Field prospect.

Humble Oil & Refining Company
No. 2 Miles Collier
10, 107 feet deep on December 29, 1960.
Oil shows Southeast Sunniland Field prospect.

Columbia County

S. W. Barton, J. G. Strahan, and A. A. Anderson
No. 1 W. N. Davidson
200 feet deep on December 31, 1960.

Franklin County

California Company and Coastal Petroleum Company
No. 2 Florida State Lease #224-A
10, 029 feet deep on December 29, 1960.

Monroe County

California Company, et al.
No. 1 Outer Continental Shelf, FSL 0672, Block 44
4,351 feet deep on December 29, 1960.









ADDITIONAL SUMMARY


Wells commenced in 1958 plugged in 1960

Wells commenced in 1959 completed in 1960

Wells commenced and completed in 1960

Total completions in 1960



Wells commenced in 1960 not completed by 1961


Total footage of wells completed in 1959

Total footage of wells completed in 1960

Production of oil (barrels) from Sunniland field for
the year 1960

Cumulative production of oil (barrels) 1943-1960


80,835

53,866


368,978

6,458,448


1

1

3

5









COLLIER COUNTY


COMPANY OR FARM OR
OW IER W ELL NAME


Humble Oil &
Refining Co.


Comm. Humble Oil &
7/13/60 Refining Co.


S Comm.
?. 11/3/59


Humble Oil &
Refining Co.


#2 Miles
Collier, et al.


#1 Miles
Collier, et al.


#2 Gulf Coast
Realty Corp. "B"


D. F. ELEV. /
LOCATION TOTAL DEPTH


DATE

Comm.
11/15/60


35/NC


35/11,648'


33/12,076'


REMARKS


Dec. 29, 1960,
drilling 10,107'


Reported testing with
production string,
Dec. 1960


SE Sunniland
Field, NW NE-
sec. 18, T. 49 S.,
R. 31 E.

SE Sunniland
Field, SWv SW
sec. 18, T.49 S. ,
R. 31 E.

Cen. SEt sec. 13,
T.48 S., R. 28 E.,
Sunniland Field
Vw est


Dry Hole. Plugged 1/13/6G.
Cedar Keys Is. 4,320'
Upper Cretaceous 5,436'
Lower Cretaceous 8,500'
Sunniland Is. 11,780'
Massive anhydrite 12, 048'
Logs: Induction-Electrical
Micro
Drillers
228 samples: 0-7, 520'
304 cores: 11,770-12,074'










COLUMBIA COUNTY


COMPANY OR
OWNER

S. W Barton,
J. G. Strahan &
A. A. Anderson


FARM OR
R ELL NAME


#1 W. M.
Davidson


D. F. ELEV. /
LOCATION TOTAL DEPTH


SE- N-v sec. 29, 71.62
T. 7 S.,, R. 17 E. ground


REMARKS

7/7/60 shut down
operations
T.D. 200'
Lost circulation


FRANKLIN COUNTY


California Co. -
Coastal Petroleum
Co.


#2 Fla.State
Lease 224-A


Lat. 29*47'29.57"N,
Long. 8422'42. 56"
h 6 mi. S. of
Lighthouse Pt.


57/


Drilling 10,029'
Dec. 29, 1960


HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY


Sumner Oil
Company, Ltd.


#1 Julian
Sumner


SE- NE- sec. 30, 55/3,001'
T.31 S., R. 20 E.


Abandoned 1959
Plugged Dec. 1, 1960
Logs:
Electrical
Gamma Ray


DATE


Comm.
6/8/60


Comm.
11/27/60


Comm.
7/20/58








LEE COUNTY


COMPANY OR
O0 NER

The California
Co. & Coastal
Petroleum Co.


FARM OR
V ELL NAME

#1 Fla. State
Lease 224-B


LOCATION


Lat. 26*41'07"N,
Long. 8219'02"W,
Boca Grande


area












MONROE COUNTY


D. F. ELFV. /
TOTAL DEPTH


REMARKS


DATE

Comm.
9/23/60


Gulf Oil Corp.


California Co.


#1 Marquesas,
OCS, Block 28,
Fla. State
Lease 0665

#1 OCS, Fla.
State Lease
0672, Block 44


Lat. 240 27'00"N,
Long. 8221'45"W


Lat. 24025'17"N,
Long. 82*36'02"W,
approx. 30 miles
SW Marquesas Key


Dry Hole.
Dry and abandoned
April 27, 1960


Permitted Oct. 11,1960
Drilling 4, 351' on
Dec. 29, 1960


39/13,975'E. L. Dry Hole. Plugged
14,000'Drlr. Nov. 24, 1960.
Cedar Keys 3,336'
U. Cretaceous 5, 379'
*L. Cretaceous 8,350'
Fredericksburg 9,446'
Sunniland 11,330'
Top Massive
anhydrite 11,564'
Logs:
Laterolog
Induction-Electrical
Microlaterolog
Gamma Ray
Neutron Temperature


Comm.
1/16/60


Comm.
11/12/60










SANTA ROSA COUNTY


COMPANY OR
O NER

Socony Mobil
Oil Co. Inc.


FARM OR
WELL NAME

#1 St. Regis
Paper Co., Inc.


LOCATION

Cen. SW I NW I
sec. 35, T. 4 N.,
R.30 W.


D. F. ELEV. /
TOTAL DEPTH

120/12,523' E. L.
12,525'Drlr.


DATE


REMARKS

Dry Hole.
Dry & abandoned July 12,
1960.
Selma 3, 907'
Eagle Ford 5,480'
L. Tuscaloosa 6, 500'
L. Cretaceous (smpl.)
6,980'
Paluxy 9,080'
Rodessa Sand 10, 218'
Pine Is. (smpl.) 10, 680'
Houston 11,290'

Logs:
Induction-Electrical
Drillers
Samples from:
120-12,525'


Comm.
6/2/60










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