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Hydrocarbon production and fracture systems.
Overbey-WK Jr.; Pasini-J III
Spring Mtg Eastern District Div of Prod Api Evansville Indiana 4/15-17/70 Paper 826-41-B :26 pages
The Morgantown Petroleum Research Laboratory, Bureau of Mines, Morgantown, West Virginia, is investigating subsurface fracture systems in hydrocarbon reservoirs to better locate and space wells for more efficient hydrocarbon recovery and gas storage. The results of analyses of surface and subsurface data show a correlation between surface lineations and the subsurface fracture patterns. The association of these fracture systems with various geologic processes and techniques for surface mapping of lineations is discussed. Fracture systems in many fields control the movement of fluids in hydrocarbon producing reservoirs. Remote-sensing techniques show promise in delineating these fracture systems. The importance of fractured reservoirs to future hydrocarbon production is emphasized.
Spring Mtg., Eastern District Div. of Prod., Api, Evansville, Indiana, 4/15-17/70, Paper 826-41-B
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