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The Barbers Hill Oil Field, Chambers County, Texas

By
George M. Bevier
George M. Bevier
Houston, Texas
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Published:
January 01, 1926

Abstract

Barbers Hill is a moundlike elevation in the extreme northwestern portion of Chambers County, Texas, 26 miles northeast of Houston. It is oval in shape, covers an area of 1,718 acres, and rises 45 feet above the surrounding prairie. This elevation is the result of an intrusive salt plug which has raised the surface above its normal position.

The salt plug is composed of almost pure rock salt and is capped by deposits of gypsum anhydrite and limestone. Formations surrounding the salt plug are inclined at steep angles dipping away from the salt plug.

Numerous indications of geologic disturbance are present on and about the dome. The most prominent of these are mineralized water-and-gas seepage in shallow water wells, paraffin dirt, and gas seepage on the surface.

Prior to 1924, 120 wells were drilled, of which 26 produced oil and 91 were failures. The total production for this period is 784,520 barrels, all of which was obtained from an area of 100 acres on the southwestern side of the dome. The average production of producing wells has been 30,174 barrels, and the average depth 2,251 feet. The oil has an asphaltic base with gravities ranging from 17° to 39°7 Baumé; the oil produced from cap rock averages about 20° Baumé. Production around the periphery of the dome is obtained from sands and limestones of the Fleming formation.

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AAPG Special Publication

Geology of Salt Dome Oil Fields

E. DeGolyer
E. DeGolyer
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W. A. J. M. Van Waterschoot Van Der Gracht
W. A. J. M. Van Waterschoot Van Der Gracht
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Marcus I. Goldman
Marcus I. Goldman
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I. P. Voiteşti
I. P. Voiteşti
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S. L. Mason
S. L. Mason
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Hans Stille
Hans Stille
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Donald C. Barton
Donald C. Barton
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Sidney Powers
Sidney Powers
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W. C. Spooner
W. C. Spooner
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David Donoghue
David Donoghue
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Francis Edward Vaughan
Francis Edward Vaughan
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R. H. Goodrich
R. H. Goodrich
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Lyman C. Reed
Lyman C. Reed
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P. K. Kelley
P. K. Kelley
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H. E. Minor
H. E. Minor
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Roland B. Paxton
Roland B. Paxton
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A. S. Henley
A. S. Henley
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John R. Suman
John R. Suman
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George Sawtelle
George Sawtelle
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George M. Bevier
George M. Bevier
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W. F. Bowman
W. F. Bowman
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Alexander Deussen
Alexander Deussen
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Laura Lee Lane
Laura Lee Lane
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D. S. Hager
D. S. Hager
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E. Stiles
E. Stiles
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Paul L. Applin
Paul L. Applin
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William Kennedy
William Kennedy
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Albert G. Wolf
Albert G. Wolf
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Ben C. Belt
Ben C. Belt
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W. F. Henniger
W. F. Henniger
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Raymond C. Moore
Raymond C. Moore
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Wallace E. Pratt
Wallace E. Pratt
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Donald C. Barton
Donald C. Barton
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Alexander Deussen
Alexander Deussen
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J. P. D. Hull
J. P. D. Hull
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American Association of Petroleum Geologists
ISBN electronic:
9781629812601
Publication date:
January 01, 1926

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