I came across this site recently when preparing presentations for family owned minerals in Brazoria County pertaining to the Clemens Salt Dome and the old West Columbia field which Jetta acquired from Chevron and is now developing previously overlooked oil reservoirs. I found the information on this site useful and up-to-date.
Turning to Atascosa County...
their database for Atascosa shows:
- 6044 wells
'-4393 drilling permits
-1306 oil/gas leases
- 418 producing operators
- significant spike in drilling permits 2011-2012
- significant increase in oil production by barrels 2011-2012
The first thing displaying on the URL above is:
OIL WELLS AND PRODUCTION IN ATASCOSA COUNTY, TX.
MOST RECENT DRILLING PERMITS IN ATASCOSA COUNTY, TX.
My specific question:
How accurate are the red dots signifying locations for drilling permits displayed for total county on this Google Map?
The concentration of dots around Charlotte and south/southwest of Jourdanton presumably could reflect recent EF activity in this area.
However, if one draws an imaginary east-west line across the map just above Poteet, there appear to be around 80-plus red dots in the non EF northern third of the county.
I find it difficult to comprehend that there could be this number of "recent drilling permits" in the northern third of Atascosa, and wonder if some of these dots could be old historical websites, no longer active, and therefore should not be categorized as "recent drilling permits"?
Any comments/observations on this point would be appreciated, as I find two of the dots very close to our 664 mineral acres (A-570); one of which appears to be about 80 feet from the fenceline, yet we have no knowledge of this at all. If accurate, I would obviously need to become more pro-active in looking into the background of this problem, or perhaps opportunity. (Not so easy from Europe, where I live.)