The Railroad Valley oilfields
Hot Creek Valley is 35 miles from Railroad Valley, site of the most prolific oilfields in Nevada.
Recent geochemical analysis of oil samples from the Eblana #1 well showed that the source of the hydrocarbons in both valleys was the Mississippian Chainman Shale. This shale can contain as much as 8% organic content, while many productive source-rocks are 1-2%.
For a time Railroad Valley’s Grant Canyon #3 well was the most productive onshore well in the United States, flowing at 4,300 barrels of oil per day.
Railroad Valley production to 2015
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