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ROBEKT 0 VEPNON, DIrECTO AND
CHAKLES W. H ENDY, GEOLOGIST
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OIL AND GAS EXPLORATION ACTIVITIES IN FLORIDA During 1958
Robert 0. Vernon & C.W. Hendry, Jr. Eight permits to drill were issued in Florida by the State Board of
Conservation in 1958, including one to deepen an old well. Seven wells were completed during the year, all being dry and abandoned. These were located in Glades, Lee, Okaloosa, Palm Beach, Walton and two in Santa Rosa. The
total footage of drilling of 67, 705 feet indicates a continued decline of activity
over previous years. Wi;ith the exception of scattered oil shows, little in the way of encouragement has been produced in the State since the discovery and
development of the Sunniland Oil field in Collier County in 1943 and the excitement of the discovery and disappointment in the decline of the Pollard Alabama
oil field. However, oil exploration personnel feel that the extension of the
Citronelle Field in Alabama in practically all directions, and the very high rate of successful completions in the field will reopen interest in the Lower
Cretaceous beds to the south that will possibly carry into Panhandle Florida.
Three wells drilled in the Peninsula; The Amerada-Lykes Brothers,
The Humble-Consolidated-State, and The Humble-State Lease l004 produced
shows of oil from the Lower Cretaceous. Each of these wells were tested and
The Humble-Consolidated-State in one drill-stem test, had 90 feet of 24.5 Degree oil, 2130 feet of gas and 120 feet of mud.
No shows were present in the four wells completed in the Panhandle
but the deep test in Walton County, the Pan-American-Sealy well, will be most important in correlating the stratigraphy of the Lower Cretaceous of the Panhandle with that of the producing sections of Alabama and Mississippi.
Four of the seven completions in Florida were seismic locations, one subsurface, and two were non-technical lease commitments. Probably the most encouraging petroleum activity was the increased geophysical and corehole evaluation program. Thirteen of the 67 counties were prospected, nine of which were in the Peninsula, see figure 1. One core-drill crew, one gravity, and three seismic crews were active throughout the year and at one time, nine were operating. A total of 169 crew weeks of seismic work, (including 77 weeks of offshore work), 52 weeks of core-drill, and 62 weeks of gravity work were completed. The greatest total crew-weeks were expended in Hendry, Lee and Collier, and core-drill activity was concentrated in Hendry, Charlotte and Sarasota counties.
Although the exploration in Florida during 1958 discovered no new
production and no attempt was made to extend the one field in Collier County, the drill-stem tests recovered brines in Glades County that analyzed 88, 000 parts per million and in Lee County that analyzed 160, 000 parts. These should be important sources of magnesium, bromides and other salts and metallic elements.
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DRILLING ACTIVITIES ...
Florida's one small oil field produced by the Humble Oil and Refining Company at Sunniland, Florida, figure 1, was not developed further in 1958. Eleven wells, seven on land of the Gulf Coast Realities Corporation and four on land of Lee Tidewater Cypress Lumber Company "B", produced 445, 886 barrels of oil for the year, and a cumulative total, September 26, 1943 through December 31, 1958, of 5, 703, 219 barrels. All wells are on pump, and are being produced slowly and conservatively to obtain the greatest recovery of oil possible through wise petroleum engineering management.
The producing zone is the "Sunniland limestone" pay zone, a reef
porosity present over a slight dome, possibly associated with regional structural adjustment and bounding normal faults. The producing horizon is Lower Cretaceous and a typical stratigraphic section and electric log at the pay zone is shown in figure 2.
It has been estimated that the total area that has proved productive of oil in Florida is 1, 920 acres. The total area under lease for oil and gas in non-productive areas as of January 1, 1959, is slightly less than 16, 100, 000 acres.
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GULF COAST REALTIES CORP.
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SUMMARY OF EXPLORATION ACTIVITIES DURING 1958
TESTS COMMENCED IN 1957,
COMPLETED IN 1958
Palm Beach County Humble Oil and Refining Company
No. 1 State Lease 1004
12, 810 feet deep. Dry and abandoned.
TESTS COMMENCED AND COMPLETED IN 1958 Glades County
Amerada Petroleum Corporation
No. I Lykes Brothers, Inc.
10, 993 feet deep. Dry and abandoned.
Humble Oil and Refining Company
No. 1 Consolidated Naval Stores State 11,898 feet deep. Dry and abandoned.
Okaloosa County J.R. Sealy
No. 1 Belcher Britton Estate
6, 132 feet deep. Dry and abandoned.
Santa Rosa County
Plymouth Oil Company R. L. Esterbrook
No. 1 Chester F. Ellis et al
6, 915 feet deep. Dry and abandoned. Haynes B. Ownby
No. 1 Ada B. Harrison
7, 005 feet deep. Dry and abandoned.
V.'alton County Pan American Petroleum Corporation
No. 1 J.R. Sealy
11, 952 feet deep. Dry and abandoned.
TESTS COMMENCED IN 1958,
NOT COMPLETED JANUARY 1, 1959
Hillsborough County Sumner Oil Ltd.
No. 1 Julian Sumner
S. V. Barnett and W. C. McLean (formerly R. E. Skinner)
No. 1 Hancock-Powell Unit
Old Well Workover
Wells commenced in 1957
completed in 1958 1 Wells commenced and
completed in 1958 6 Wells commenced in 1958
not completed January 1, 1959 2 TOTAL FOOTAGE OF COMPLETED
WELLS DRILLED IN 1957 63, 632 TOTAL FOOTAGE OF COMPLETED
W,"ELLS DRILLED IN 1958 67,705 Production of oil (barrels) from Sunniland
Field for the year 1958 445,886 CUMULATIVE PRODUCTION OF OIL (BARRELS)
COMPANY OR FARM OR. D.F. ELEV.i
DATE OWNER WELL NAME LOCATION TOTAL DEPTH REMARKS
Comm. Amerada 01 Lykes NW/4, NE/4 54/10991 Dry Hole. Plugged 7-19-58 5-13-58 Petroleum Bros., Inc. Sec. 1, T41S, Upper Cretaceous 5598
Corporation R30E Lower Cretaceous 7542 Sunniland- 10720 Logs:
Driller's log Electrical log Laterolbg
Gamma Ray-Neutron log Baroid log
F.G.S. No. -W-4750
COMPANY OR FARM OR D.F. ELEV.I
DATE OVNER V.ELL NAME LOCATION TOTAL DEPTH REMAR ..
Comm. Sumner Oil, Ltd. rl Julian SE/4, NE/4 unknown Drilling January 1, 1959. 8-24-58 Sumner Sec. 30, T3 1S, No information on progress.
COMPANY OR FARM OR D.F. ELEV./
DATE OWNER WELL NAME LOCATION TOTAL DEPTH REMAR CS
Comm. Humble Oil & 1l Consolidated 1017' S & 47/11898 Dry Hole. Plugged 12-7-58 9-1-58 Refining Co. Naval Stores- 1784' E of Upper Cretaceous 5609 State NW corner Lower Cretaceous 8368 Sec. 16, T46S, Sunniland 11578 RZ7E Logs:
F.G.S. No. V-4839
0 OKAI OOSA COUNTY
COMPANY OR FARM OR D.F. ELEV./
DATE OWNER VELL NAME LOCATION TOTAL DEPTH REMAR. s
Comm. J.R. Sealy #I Belcher- SE/4, SV./4, 227/6132 DryHole. Plugged 3-2-58 2-22-58 Britton Estate Sec. 10, T3N, Upper Cretaceous 3141 R 22W Lower Tuscaloosa- 5180 Lower Cretaceous- 5501
F.G.S. No. YVr-4576
PALM BEACH COUNTY
COMPANY OR FARM OR D.F. ELEV.
DATE OWNER T:'ELL NAME LOCATION TOTAL DEPTH REMAR .0
Comm. Humble Oil & TO State Lease Center S-/4 31/12810 Dry Hole. Plugged 3-18-58 10-29-51 Refining Co. No. 1004 Sec. 2, T48S, Upper Cretaceous 5295 R35E Lower Cretaceous 8197 Sunniland 11430
F.G.S. No. 77-4661
- PINELLAS COUNTY
COMPANY OR FARM OR D.F. ELEV./
DATE OWNER T. ELL NAME LOCATION TOTAL DEPTH -REMAR KS
S. W. Barnett & fl Hancock N'"/4, SV./4, Old Vell Work Over
I. C.McLean Powell Unit Sec. 10, TZ7S, Began clean out 9-4-58
(forme rly R 16E F.G.S. No. W-4505
SANTA ROSA COUNTY
COMPANY OR FARM OR D.F. ELEV.f
DATE OWNER TIELL NAME LOCATION TOTAL DEPTH REMARKS
Comm. Plymouth Oil Co. I Chester F. NE/4, NW-/4 174/6915 Dry Hole. Plugged 8-16-58.
7-31-58 R.L. Esterbrook Ellis et al Sec. 23, T4N, Upper Cretaceous 3755 RZ9V Lower Tascaloosa- 6288 Lower Cretaceous ?6654 Logs:
Induction- electrical log Driller's log F.G.S. No. 'i-4719
* Comm. Haynes B. # Ada B. SV/4, NV:/4, 247/6996 Dry Hole. Plugged 9- 8- 58.
8-26-58 Ownby Drilling Harrison Sec. 11, T4N, Upper Cretaceous 3907
Company et al IR30'. Lower Tuscaloosa- 6492 Lower Cretaceous ?6729 Logs:
Induction-electrical log Microlog
Driller's log F.G.S. No. W-4771
COMPANY OR FARM OR D.F.ELEV./
DATE O'fNER WELL NAME LOCATION TOTAL DEPTH REM~zARK3
Comm. Pan American #1 J.R. Sealy SE/4, SE/4, 99/11946 Dry Hole. Plugged 5-19-58. 4-8-58 Petroleun Corp. Sec. 9, TIS, Upper Cretaceous 3047 R18V.7 Lower Tuscaloosa 4946 Lower Cretaceous ?5086 Logs:
Induction-electrical log Driller's log F.G.S. No. -.0-4701