Horizontal well picCunningham Energy has begun drilling of their first horizontal shaft oil well in the Union District of Clay County. One of three new Rhino wells, the shallow oil well will have a horizontal depth of 5200 feet and a vertical depth of 2100 feet. The horizontal wells are believed to be the newest way to ensure success in oil targeting.

“Cunningham Energy is excited to be part of this new horizontal method of producing the Big Injun oil sand in the Appalachian Basin,” said Ryan Cunningham, of Cunningham Energy. “Shallow horizontal drilling represents what is likely to be a resurgence of the old oilfields our grandfathers told us stories about in the past. The oil is still there, but a great deal of it has been inaccessible until now.”

The remainder of the wells to be drilled in Clay County are expected to begin by late February.