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Investigating Hydraulic Communication Between Wells During Hydraulic Fracturing Treatments In The Piceance Basin, Colorado, Usa, Alexis Ahlert Jan 2019

Investigating Hydraulic Communication Between Wells During Hydraulic Fracturing Treatments In The Piceance Basin, Colorado, Usa, Alexis Ahlert

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Oil and gas wells in Colorado had a circular spacing regulation that required wells to be spaced 745 ft (227 m) in diameter apart. Some oil and gas wells in the Piceance Basin experience hydraulic communication, which is when the hydraulic fracturing of one well damages the production of a neighboring well. During hydraulic communication, formation water enters the producing borehole at the front of the pressure wave and must be removed before the well is brought back into production. Several wells that have experienced communication have come back on line, but months later, have not recovered their original production ...