1 Methane Energy Corp., Maple Valley, Wash., is evaluating a couple of wildcats in township 26s-13w in Coos County, Ore. The company projected its #1 Westport Core Hole, in Section 16, to Eocene at 2,700 ft. and apparently drilled to 2,500 ft. The company's #2 Boys Ranch Core Hole, in Section 32, was projected to Eocene at 3,000 ft. Both wells were drilled vertically, but no additional information has been released. 2 Hamar Associates LLC, Ojai, Calif., staked a location in Section 1-28s-21e, Kern County, Calif., for its #2-1 Jack Hamar wildcat. The wildcat is a southwest offset to the company's #1-1 Jack Hamar test, drilled some 14.5 miles north of McKittrick and 4.5 miles northeast of South Belridge Field. The new well will test the Monterey formation for oil and gas, according to IHS Energy. 3 Two exploratory tests are in the works in eastern Uintah County, Utah, by Questar Corp.'s QEP Uinta Basin Inc. unit. The #14G-30-8-25 CBC, in Section 30-7s-25e, will look at Wasatch and Mesaverde zones in the eastern Uinta Basin, about eight miles southwest of Dinosaur, Colorado. The closest production from a similar depth is a Red Wash Field well about four miles west-northwest, where a Mesaverde zone tested at 462,000 cu. ft. of gas per day and produced 473.1 million cu. ft. of gas before it was recompleted in the shallower Green River. QEP also staked the #14M-7-7-22 SUBW in Section 7-7s-22e, with a planned depth of 14,275 ft. in Mancos. 4 CrownQuest Operating LLC, Midland, Texas, plans a test of the Ismay and Desert Creek zones of the Paradox formation in a 5,900-ft. wildcat in the Paradox Basin of southeastern Utah. The #4-1 Jefferson will be in Section 4-33s-24e in northeastern San Juan County, about five miles north-northeast of Monticello. There is no nearby production, but the well is about 16 miles south of Lisbon Field, which produces from the Leadville formation. 5 A northern Montana wildcat resulted in a discovery for Montana Land & Exploration Inc., Calgary. The #4-9 Cherry Patch, in Section 9-33n-22e in Blaine County, produced at a rate of 1.28 million cu. ft. of gas a day from four fractured Upper Cretaceous Eagle zones between 1,162 and 1,250 ft. The nearest production is about 2.25 miles north at the company's #16-29 Cherry Patch discovery, which produced at a rate of 218,000 cu. ft. of gas a day from a single fractured Eagle interval, said IHS Energy. 6 A discovery flowing 602 bbl. of oil and 52 bbl. of water daily rewarded wildcatting efforts by Slawson Exploration Co., Wichita, Kan., in western Richland County, Mont. The horizontal Bakken discovery is the #1-13H Matador, in Section 13-24n-53e, about 17 miles northeast of Richey. The well produced 7,828 bbl. of oil and 672 bbl. of water during its first month from two openhole horizontal laterals, from 9,200 to 14,100 ft. south-southeast and from 9,200 to 13,450 ft. north-northeast. 7 Jordan Exploration Co. LLC, Traverse City, Mich., has applied to the North Dakota Industrial Commission to establish a 1,280-acre drilling unit, which includes all of sections 22 and 27-162n-94w in western Burke County, N.D. The company plans a horizontal wildcat, probably to Madison and/or Bakken, about 3.5 miles south of Larson. The nearest production is west in Baukol-Noonan Field and south in Stoneview Field. Both produce from Madison, an IHS Energy report said. 8 A horizontal Bakken well in Stark County, N.D., was a discovery for Continental Resources Inc., Enid, Okla. The #1-5 Eleanore, in Section 5-140n-97w, flowed at an initial rate of 125 bbl. of oil, 100,000 cu. ft. of gas and 151 bbl. of water a day from two openhole laterals. Lateral #1 extended from 10,845 to 17,044 ft. northeast, while lateral #2 extended from 10,835 to 16,893 ft. northwest to bottom in Section 6. The pay zone was five ft. thick, with an average porosity of 8% and 25% water saturation. The company estimates ultimate recovery at 80,206 bbl. of oil under 640-acre spacing and 188,484 bbl. of oil under 1,504-acre spacing. The well was drilled on a 1,504-acre unit that covers all of sections 5 and 6. 9 Davis Petroleum Corp., Denver, has scheduled a wildcat about eight miles west-northwest of Powell in the Big Horn Basin in northern Wyoming. The company wants to drill the #1 North Coulee-Federal, in Section 29-56n-100w, northeastern Park County, to the Frontier formation at about 10,100 ft. Davis discovered Coulee Field about 1.5 miles south in 1978. The discovery well for that field was completed as a Frontier gas/condensate producer from fractures between 10,153 and 10,320 ft. The well produced some 250 million cu. ft. of gas, 12,069 bbl. of condensate and 7,058 bbl. of water through November 2003. 10 Artesia, N.M.-based Yates Petroleum Corp. completed a discovery in Wyoming's Green River Basin. The #5 Hale Unit, in Section 28-24n-109w, tested at 759,000 cu. ft. of gas a day with no liquids from Frontier perforations between 14,096 and 14,154 ft. The discovery is about 32 miles northwest of Rock Springs in northwestern Sweetwater County. The company plans an east offset. 11 Mica Energy Corp., Oklahoma City, and R.V. Borchert, Sidney, Neb., plan a 4,400-ft. wildcat on the Cambridge Arch to evaluate Lansing-Kansas City zones. The companies' #15-8 Downey is in Section 8-1n-37w, about a mile northeast of Benkelman in southern Dundy County, Neb. The well is about 0.75-mile west of the #5-16 State D, one of five wells drilled in Section 16 of the same township. Leases in the area drew top dollar bids at the latest Nebraska oil and gas lease sale, in which Borchert bid $126 an acre for an eight-acre lease on the bed of the Republican River in the section where it and Mica will drill the #15-8 Downey. 12 Yates Petroleum completed the #2 Bakers Peak Unit wildcat in the eastern Sand Wash Basin of Colorado for 3.41 million cu. ft. of gas and 72 bbl. of water a day from Lewis perforations between 3,650 and 3,700 ft. It gauged the test through a 28/64-in. choke. The northeastern Moffat County well is in Section 12-11n-91w, about 10 miles southeast of Baggs, Wyo. The company has staked two offsets to the discovery, one north and the other south. 13 The White River field office of the U.S. Bureau of Land Management in Colorado approved an area plan from EnCana Oil & Gas (USA) Inc., Denver, for 327 gas wells on 120 well pads in its Figure Four Unit in the Piceance Basin in Garfield and Rio Blanco counties, Colo. The plan involves 17,385 acres of public and private land and will require 35 miles of upgraded roads, 33 miles of new roads and a 12.4-mile gathering line. The area includes sections 1, 2, 7 through 29, 35 and 36 of 4s-98w. EnCana plans to finish the project in 2007. The target formation is the Williams Fork in the Mesaverde group. The #8001D-A24-498 Figure Four test well, in Section 24-4s-98w, produced nearly 2.6 million cu. ft. of gas a day from nine Mesaverde intervals, eight of them in the Williams Fork section. 14 Kerr-McGee Corp., Oklahoma City, took out a state drilling permit for a wildcat well on the Tuvaaq Unit near shore in the Beaufort Sea off Alaska's North Slope. It will directionally drill the #1 Tuvaaq-State from a surface location in Section 24-14n-8e, Umiat Meridian, northwest into Section 15 of the same township. The Tuvaaq Unit lies off Oliktok Point between the Jones islands to the east and Spy Island to the west. Armstrong Alaska Inc., Denver, also has applied for a drilling permit for three wells on the unit, starting with the #1 Tuvaaq in Section 25 of the same township, according to IHS Energy. The Kerr-McGee well is about five miles west of the company's #1 Nikaitchuq in Section 15-14n-9e, which tested at 960 bbl. of oil a day from Sag River, and about six miles northeast the Armstrong-Pioneer #1 Ivik discovery that tested at 1,300 bbl. of oil a day from Jurassic. 15 Unocal Corp., El Segundo, Calif., opened a new gas area on the Kenai Peninsula of southern Alaska with two exploratory wells about 12 miles northeast of Anchor Point. The #1 Red and the #2 Red, both in Section 8-4s-13w, Seward Meridian, produce from Tyonek. Unocal hasn't released test details. The #1 Red was drilled southeast to a measured depth of 12,458 ft. (true vertical depth 12,047 ft.), and the #2 Red was drilled southwest to a measured depth of 10,100 ft. into Section 7 (true vertical depth 9,280 ft.). The wells are about five miles south-southwest of the company's #1 Star discovery that flowed 500,000 cu. ft. of gas a day from Tyonek in Section 24-3s-14w, Seward Meridian.