Significant San Andres play emerging amid ROZ fairways

Research in the massive living laboratory that is the Permian Basin has unlocked unexpected sources of crude oil and natural gas for decades.

Most recently, through development of new horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing technologies, Permian Basin producers have begun producing from the Wolfcamp and Lower Spraberry shales. As a result, Permian Basin has more than doubled, and U.S. production has reversed a four-decade decline, making the nation the world’s leading crude and natural gas producer.

Now the Permian Basin is reinventing itself again, said Steve Melzer, a Midland consultant.

“I think this will be long term; it has some staying power,” he said.

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