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|Total wells drilled through December 31,1990||87|
|Total oil wells drilled through December 31,1990||0|
|Total gas wells drilled through December 31,1990||0|
|Total facility wells drilled through December 31,1990||0|
|Total dry holes drilled through December 31,1990||87|
|Well Density - approximately one well per six square miles (517 square miles in county)|
|Total cumulative crude oil and lease condensate production through December 31,1986||0 bbls.|
|Total cumulative natural gas production through December 31,1986||0 Mcf|
COLDWATER - Branch County has yet to see commercial oil and gas production established within its borders, but explorationists have come close several times in an area where drilling to Ordovidanage horizons has been the rule rather than the exception.
Primary target for oil hunters in Branch County has understandably been the Trenton-Black River, pay zone in the state's all-time most prolific contiguous oilfield, the Albion-Pulaski-Scipio Trend in nearby Calhoun, Jackson and Hillsdale counties.
At least 40 of the 87 drilling completions in Branch have penetrated the Prairie du Chien or deeper, one, drilled by Atlantic Richfield Company Inc. in Section 13 of Batavia Township (T6S, R7W) bottomed dry in basement rock at 5,373 feet in 1984 as the county's deepest known penetration.
The list of those who have tried Branch County reads like a oilfield who's who, both in terms of majors and independents. ARCO, Texaco, Mobil, Ohio Oil (and later Marathon), Shell and Occidental Petroleum have all drilled there. On the independent side, J.O. Mutch, McClure Oil, C.A. Perry & Son and more recently BWAB and Lomak Petroleum are among those to give it a shot.
The story of the many wildcats often ended in the same way, with teasing gas shows and disappointing drill stem tests. A Burgess, Hall, Stinson try in Section 19 of California Township (T8S, R5W), an ARCO test in Section 21 of Girard Township (T5S, R6W) and a Texaco wildcat in Section 14 of Coldwater Township (T6S, R6W) are among the latest to raise hopes the county's first field would be opened, with the ARCO Girard well actually testing up to 14 barrels oil daily before being plugged as non-commercial.
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