January 22nd WPX, based in Tulsa Oklahoma announced that its first test well in the Niobrara Shale formation initially produced 16 million cubic feet of natural gas per day. WPX drilled the test well to a depth of 10,200 and then turned the well bore horizontally to go another 4,600 feet. The well is located in the Piceance basin on the state’s Western Slope. Since then, the test well has produced an average of 12 million cubic feet of natural gas per day. When comparing this to other wells that are drilled in the Mesa Verde Rock layer in the Williams Fork formation, these wells typically have initial production rate of about 1 million to 1.5 million cubic feet of gas per day. WPX is Colorado’s largest natural gas producer employs and about 200 people in its Denver office and another 230 people in Parachute, western Colorado. WPX which was originally part of Williams Companies spun off January 1st, 2012. Williams Companies now mainly concentrates on pipelines and other energy infrastructure. WPX has lease rights to drill about 180,000 acres in the Niobrara and Mancos Shale formation.