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Fractures, Hydraulic Injections, and Strain Accommodation in the Tensleep Formation at Flat Top Anticline, Carbon County, Wyoming

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John C. Lorenz
John C. Lorenz
FractureStudies LLC, 99 Rainbow Rd, Edgewood, New Mexico, 87015, U.S.A. (e-mail: john@fracturestudies.com)
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Published:
January 01, 2013

Abstract

A study of fracture characteristics in sandstones from the Tensleep Formation on a spectrum of thrust-related Laramide Anticlines in Wyoming suggests that an idealized fracture model can be constructed for these reservoirs but that important local variations are common. A conceptual model for fracture genesis and distributions in folded Tensleep reservoirs was derived from a comparison of fracture characteristics in the various anticlines, with key relationships being documented by an important surface and subsurface data set at Teapot Dome. Knowledge of the most likely fracture patterns in different parts of the folded Tensleep reservoirs across Wyoming can be used to predict and model fracture-related fluid flow, but this requires a solid understanding of the structural development of a given anticline.

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AAPG Studies in Geology

Application of Structural Methods to Rocky Mountain Hydrocarbon Exploration and Development

Constance N. Knight
Constance N. Knight
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Jerome J. Cuzella
Jerome J. Cuzella
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Leland D. Cress
Leland D. Cress
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American Association of Petroleum Geologists
Volume
65
ISBN electronic:
9781629812632
Publication date:
January 01, 2013

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