The well, known as the Dupuy Land Company No. 1 well, was granted a permit for drilling with a total length of 11,900 feet. The permit listed at the DNR website did not have a horizontal depth but the permit can be amended later for horizontal drilling, presumably after the vertical leg of the drilling gives indications of oil vein fractures as it descends.
The well is named after the largest land owner in the unit, Dupuy Land Company, which was begun in the 1930s by the late Marc Dupuy, Sr. and now is in the hands of his descendants.
The geographic unit the well will be drilled in is about 920 acres in a rectangular shape. The north end of the unit is bordered approximately by the Brouillette Highway, at the intersection of Clarence Rymes Road in the Brouillette Community, Section 29 Township 03N Range 05E. northeast of Marksville. The tower of the drilling rig should be visible soon about one mile from the highway. Drilling is expected to begin about July 1.
The well is a test well by EOG of Texas who have leased much acreage in Avoyelles to attempt to recover the known oil reserves which are trapped in shale rock deep below Central Louisiana. Currently EOG is rebuilding the Ryhmes road leading to the well site.
A second well by EOG is in the permitting process for the Hamburg area.