ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Evergreen Resources Alaska Corp. has applied to the state Department of Natural Resources to drill two mineral core wells on shallow gas leases near Delta Junction.
Petroleum News Alaska reports Evergreen told the state that the purpose of the coring project is to gain geological information on the rock formations and recover coal cores for further laboratory testing.
If the finds coal with the right properties, Evergreen may pursue unitization, which is the first step necessary for shallow natural gas exploration and development.
Evergreen farmed into 333,415 acres of state shallow gas leases near Delta Junction in May, 2001. The leases are south of the Richardson Highway, northwest of Big Delta, and straddle the highway at Delta Junction.
Very little geologic work has been done in this part of the Nenana basin. ''No one can say with any degree of certainty whether economic accumulations of natural gas exist,'' the company told the state.
Evergreen said that late this summer it will undertake a six to eight week program to gather initial geologic and geophysical data.
Evergreen said it is negotiating with surface owners to determine the most appropriate coring location, with three possible road accessible sites under consideration, one on private land near Clearwater Road and the others in unused gravel pits owned by the state.
Evergreen is a subsidiary of Evergreen Resources Inc. of Denver, Colo.
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