Oil well operation near Morenci wraps up 2011.08.24

Written by David Green.

Oil drilling operations are finished at a site near North Morenci and all equipment is now gone.

Property owner Velma Schaffer described the result as a dry hole, however, a spokesperson for Continental Resources wouldn’t talk about the outcome of the operation.

“It’s our practice not to comment on the success of individual wells,” said Brian Engel, vice president of public affairs for the energy company, “but we are not planning other wells in that area.”

Engel said that Continental’s wells in Hillsdale County are producing, however, no new wells are planned at this time.

After equipment was removed from the site, only a lined pit remained. The pit was used to store water and substances used in the drilling operation.

“All lined drilling pits will be closed in accordance with Michigan’s DEQ regulations,” Engel said.

Past issues of the Observer include articles about extensive gas exploration in Seneca Township in the 1960s. In 1939, at least one well in Medina Township produced oil.

Overall, drillers have had little success in this part of the county, and Continental’s recent exploration here won’t change that record.

Schaffer took the dry hole outcome in stride. Everyone wants to strike it rich, she said, but she’s living comfortably and doesn’t need an oil well on her property.

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