Black Spruce Exploration (BSE) plans to begin its 2014 exploration drilling campaign in western Newfoundland in its first or second quarter next year, with a series of conventional wells within the Garden Hill area near Cape St. George on the Port au Port Peninsula.
Subject to regulatory approvals, the intention is to start operations in the late first quarter or early second quarter of 2014. The drilling rig is expected to arrive in western Newfoundland between late 2013 and early next year.
President and CEO David Murray said in a news release, the first conventional well at Garden Hill will be drilled close to an existing producing well that has produced more than 15,500 barrels of oil to date. He said the company also plans to drill additional conventional wells to further delineate the extent of the reservoir and to establish a production base. A conventional well does not use hydraulic fracturing, widely known as fracking.
In the short term, Murray said the company is focused on only its conventional wells at Garden Hill, as well as its offshore conventional exploration prospects. "We also plan to extend the exploration work already performed in the Deer Lake Basin. In all instances, BSE adheres strictly to all regulatory requirements established for drilling for oil and gas in Newfoundland."
Contrary to what some have been saying in public and the media, Murray said, "Black Spruce is drilling for oil, not shale gas and we are not using hydraulic fracturing at this point in time. As a company, we always meet or exceed all regulatory requirements. We have the responsibility to thoroughly plan and execute our drilling programs in a manner that is safe for our people, the public and ensures the protection of the environment in which we operate.”