KC officials listen to Marathon’s plan to drill
by Bain Serna
Feb 01, 2013 | 2271 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
KARNES CITY – The submission of a permit application by the Marathon Oil Corporation in order to drill in the Karnes City area was the focal point of the Jan. 22 regular meeting of the Karnes City City Council.

Marathon Oil representative Jinni Castaneda addressed the council and provided each council member with a binder that contained detailed information, maps, diagrams, and pictures relating to the oil drilling and operations permit application, and also the intended drilling site itself.

“We’re going to briefly walk through each section to make sure that there’s clarification on exactly what the information represents,” said Castaneda referring to each specific tab of the permit application and its accompanying information.

Castaneda related the details about the activities involved with the proposed drilling operation site that has been designated as Yanta Unit 1H, which will be off of westbound FM 1144, approximately 2,900 feet from US 181.

According to information provided by Marathon Oil, “the Yanta Unit 1H horizontal wellbore will be drilled on private property located in the Eagle Ford Shale Black Oil window in Karnes County. The well is planned to be drilled toe down. Subject to drilling and completion, the Yanta United 1H wellbore has an anticipated treatable lateral of approximately 4,000 feet and a measured depth of approximately 16,700 feet.”

The anticipated date to begin drilling is March 26, and the estimated completion date is May 14. The truck route for trucks trafficking to and from the site will be primarily on FM 1144 coming off of US 181.

The water source that will be used for both drilling and completion will come from Marathon Oil’s East Longhorn water well. That water well is located at the East Longhorn Production facility, which is located southeast of the Yanta Unit near FM 99.

Castaneda went on to explain certain permit criteria such as a certificate and evidence of insurance, and also a Form W-1 drilling permit application made by Marathon Oil to the Texas Railroad Commission. A W-1 permit application to the Railroad Commission was required before Marathon could submit a permit application to the city. A copy of the W-1 will be provided to the city upon final approval by the Railroad Commission.

After review and examination, the council approved the permit application from Marathon Oil.

Mayor Don Tymrak explained that he and the council wanted the representatives of Marathon Oil to present a concise and thorough permit application, and to ensure the application was in compliance with the city ordinances and standards regarding drilling.

“What we did was we took the time to have them go through it because this is the first of many permits,” said Tymrak. “I just wanted the council to be fluent in that document and all the facts that were in it.”
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