Wabash CarbonSAFE Subtask 7.1 – Pre-drilling Site Assessment Topical Report

Carl Hackley Carman, Curt Blakley, Jared Freiburg, Chris Korose

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The Wabash CarbonSAFE project will drill a stratigraphic test well at the Wabash Valley Resources facility near Terre Haute, Indiana. Lithologic, geomechanical, and geophysical data collected from samples testing and an extensive geophysical logging suite will be used to determine the feasibility for the geologic sequestration of 50 million metric tons or more of injected carbon dioxide. The primary target reservoir and caprock to be investigated for the Wabash CarbonSAFE project are the Mt. Simon Sandstone and Eau Claire Shale, respectively. The project team has assessed the planned Wabash #1 drilling site using subsurface geologic data and analyses from both Illinois and Indiana. These data were used to generate geologic structure and isopach thickness maps for target reservoir and caprock layers which were incorporated into a detailed discussion of the nature of the Illinois Basin’s Cambro-Ordovician carbon dioxide storage complex at the drilling site. Formation tops were prognosed for 19 lithologic units to aid drilling and coring procedures. Additional GIS analysis indicates that no known structural features will negatively impact the target storage reservoir or caprock, nor will protected and sensitive areas, groundwater resources, or existing resource development be negatively affected by Wabash #1 drilling activities. The Wabash #1 Geologic/Structure Test well drilling permit was awarded by Indiana Department of Natural Resources (IN-DNR) – Division of Oil and Gas on November 12th, 2019, and the well is expected to be drilled to a total depth of approximately 8,350 feet. Potential impacts on drilling progress include abandoned underground coal mines which mined the Springfield and Survant coals until 1964 and 1954, respectively, and a lost circulation zone in the Potosi Dolomite, which has been demonstrated to have intermittent cavernous porosity from karstification. This document also details the coring and sampling program, proposed logging suite, and well testing program, all of which will be dynamically reviewed as drilling progresses.
Original languageEnglish (US)
PublisherUniv. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, IL (United States)
Number of pages25
StatePublished - 2019


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