The Upper Silurian Akron Dolomite in western New York has become the focus of exploratory drilling, with the recent discovery of significant volumes of both gas and oil. Depth through the productive zone is commonly less than 3,000 ft (900 m) ad unofficial reports indicate natural production over 10 mmcfgd and at least 500 barrels of high-gravity crude oil per day per well.

Productive wells have been erratic, but at least eight and as many as twelve discoveries have been drilled to date, all located within a narrow northeast-southwest trend spanning the county. Low-angle reserve faulting appears to be the...

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