Oil Could Be Drilled in Logan County

Oil in our area is now a real possibility, an area in Logan County has oil rich rock and a new operation that could be the way of the future.

Long time Logan County native and current Judge/Executive Logan Chick has known about this oil rich area in the county for a long time because he grew up there.

"When I was a child I would go to the creek fishing and I've heard old timers talking about it for years, if you stand there at the creek watching the water about every ten minutes a deposit of oil would come up in that river," said Chick.

It's a place in the northern part of the county full of sandstone that contains oil.

"This is an area that's been known for well over one hundred years. The asphalt rock or tar sands have been mined and that's essentially what's going on again, there's a renewed in the mining of that, because the price of oil is about $100 a barrel. So, that's the economic incentive," said WKU Geologist Dr. Mike May.

Arrakis Oil Recovery LLC is helping to extract the oil from the sandstone and from an economic standpoint this could be a big investment for Logan County.

"That one location could produce as much as 20,000 barrels of oil a day, and they're looking at the possibility of four to five more locations," said Chick.

"We're looking for capital investment in Logan County and we're looking for employment opportunity for our citizens and this brings both, so that's a good thing from an economic point of view," said Logan County Economic Development Executive Director Tom Harned.

Dr. May is a geologist at WKU and explains how they'll likely get the oil out of the stone.

"They'll be trying to find the coarsest grain material that has the greatest amount of petroleum, and you can see here's a fresh surface, so you have a lot of oil in that area. They'll basically crush this rock, they'll send it through an extraction system that doesn't use any water, then the byproduct after that is just sand they'll put back into the mine," said May.

May says this way, it actually puts a healthier rock back in the ground.

Logan County officials expect the mine will be fully operational in a few months.

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