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|Total wells drilled through December 31,1990||26|
|Total oil wells drilled through December 31,1990||0|
|Total gas wells drilled through December 31,1990||1|
|Total facility wells drilled through December 31,1990||0|
|Total dry holes drilled through December 31,1990||25|
|Well Density - approximately one well per 26 square miles (694 square miles in county)|
|Total cumulative crude oil and lease condensate production through December 31,1990||0 bbls.|
|Total cumulative natural gas production through December 31,1990||0 Mcf|
HARRISVILLE - Alcona County has joined the ranks of Michigan counties proven productive of oil and gas, with late 1990 completion of H.L. Brown, Jr.'s Beck 1-7 well in Section 7 of Caledonia Town ship (T28N, R8E) boosting the total num ber of Lower Peninsula counties with production to 62.
Like other 'late blooming" Michigan counties, nearby Alpena and losco among them, it was a deep gas discovery that opened Alcona County's petroleum history.
Brown's discovery was tested at 34 barrels condensate and 1.4 million cubic feet gas daily from the Prairie du Chien and is scheduled to be offset by a development test in Section 1 of Caledonia Town ship, T28N, R7E.
The first deep test drilled in Alcona was Gulf Oil's State-Mitchell 1-31 in Section 31 of Mitchell Township (T26N, R5E), earning the distinction in 1981 after end ing dry at 10,402 feet in the Cambrian Trempealeau Formation.
Other exploration was mostly shallower drilling to Devonian horizons at locations scattered widely throughout the sparsely populated area. Geological Survey Division drilling records show drilling in the county as early as the 1930s, most efforts showed little promise in the way of oil or gas shows, with one notable exception. The Killmaster Well No. 3 in Section 22 of Gustin Township (T26N, R8E) encountered Berea gas, with state records indicating the "rig burned up and stopped further drilling".
More recently, Aaron Eiek III and Stocker & Sitler Oil Co. unsuccesfully tested Devonian horizons in Mikado (T25N, R8E) and Curtis (T25N, R6E) townships, respectively in the late 1970s and Terra Energy LTD put together a sizeable lease block before drilling a non-commercial well in Section 25 of Gustin Township in 1989, in an attempt to make a long stepout from the state's northern Antrim Shale gas play.
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