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BMP ID: 8588
Title: Use a single, multi-branch horizontal well to drain a field
Text: Consider using a single, multi-branch horizontal well to drain a field as opposed to several wells.
Source Publication Name: Drilling Smarter: Using Directional Drilling to Reduce Oil and Gas Impacts in the Intermountain West
Citation Section: Potential to Reduce Impact through Directional Drilling
Citation Page: 16
Supplemental Documents:  
Usage Type: Recommended
Timing: • Drilling
• Production / Operation / Maintenance
Oil / Gas Field:  
Surface Ownership: • Federal
• State
• Private
Mineral Ownership: • Federal
• State
• Private
Primary Contact: Biodiversity Conservation Alliance
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Laramie, Wyoming  82073  United States
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Categories: Land Surface Disturbance
Location: Western Region
Vegetation Types:
General Comments: Studies have shown that a multi-branch horizontal well produces at a rate 1.5 times that of multiple single wells. In off-shore drilling, a multi-branch horizontal well is said to produce the equivalent of at least 4 vertical wells. pg 16
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Date Entered: 2011-04-25 20:35 UTC
Last Updated: 2011-04-28 12:38 UTC