At the turn of the twentieth century, there was a subset of E&P companies whom started thinking of drilling and well completion practices slightly differently. Those brave few that stepped up to the challenge began looking at wells from a alternate angle; wellbores were now to be defined by terms such as "depth of deviation", "kick-off point", "dogleg severity", and "drill direction". Wellbore characteristics that the best drillers at the time desperately tried to avoid.
Horizontal drilling has made way for better contact with tight reservoirs and unlocking massive oil & gas reserves. Some larger well-known plays such as the STACK & SCOOP have shaken the industry, so much some believe it to be showing as seismic readings on the Richter scale. Other less "buzzworthy" plays have also been found in Oklahoma including the Arkoma Basin Stack Play (SE) and the Granite Wash play stretching from Roberts Co, Texas into Caddo Co, Oklahoma.
Oil & Gas activity in Oklahoma has almost become synonymous with Horizontal drilling. Let's take a look at the evolution and growth of the horizontal activity using our well data & production mining tool Explorer. We can now visualize the departure of the vertical well and the introduction of the horizontal well.