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Southeast Kansas—Northeast Oklahoma—Southwest Missouri

Edwin D. Goebel
Edwin D. Goebel
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January 01, 1971


This area of the Mid-Continent is of historic and economic significance to the petroleum industry. Here the earliest oil and gas discoveries were made, and exploration techniques and theories were developed. The Paleozoic rocks (Table 17) have yielded a total of nearly 1.8 billion bbl of oil in southeastern Kansas and more than 3.6 billion bbl in northeastern Oklahoma. Minor oil production is obtained from Vernon County, Missouri. The Pennsylvanian and the Simpson (lower Middle Ordovician) reservoirs of Oklahoma have been the most important in northeastern Oklahoma, and the Pennsylvanian and the pre-Chesteran Mississippian reservoirs have been the most important in southeastern Kansas. Much of the current annual oil production from the region is from secondary-recovery projects of various types in Pennsylvanian beds.

Present exploration in the Cherokee basin is concerned with extending production from Pennsylvanian sandstone bodies by subsurface studies and random drilling. The search for small closed anticlinal structures is the ex- plorational approach for new primary reserves in Arbuckle, Simpson, Viola, Hunton, Middle Devonian, Misener, pre-Chesteran Mississippian, and Pennsylvanian rocks.

Significant future production will be from Pennsylvanian, Mississippian, and older Paleozoic rocks in the area. The search for these accumulations must include detailed reexamination of subsurface information, regional stratigraphic and biostratigraphic analysis, and selective seismograph surveys.

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AAPG Memoir

Future Petroleum Provinces of the United States—Their Geology and Potential, Volumes 1 & 2

Ira H. Cram
Ira H. Cram
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American Association of Petroleum Geologists
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January 01, 1971




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