Following up on our post from Tuesday, Reese Energy Consulting today is following news from producers who are finding oil and gas magic on the fringes of core-basin plays. In an article earlier this month, Hart Energy featured Denver-based Bayswater Exploration and Production, which aside from its assets in the DJ and Powder River, also operates 48,000 acres in the Permian’s Northern Midland. Here, targeting the Wolfcamp and Spraberry, Bayswater is striking paydirt the farther east it explores. Call it extending the extensions.

With a strategy to develop tier-2 acreage positions that could ultimately deliver tier-1 performance, the company first went to work in Howard County, Texas, near Mitchell County, where high levels of carbonates comprised of limestone and dolomite have tended to discourage drilling. Not so for Bayswater, which discovered a rich hydrocarbon environment in the carbonate/shale reservoir, completing its first well in 2021 with initial production of nearly 1.3 MBPD and cumulative production of 430+ Mbbls. Now three years later, Bayswater has moved farther east into Mitchell County, reporting even higher production and drilling six more 2.5-mile laterals with completions slated this summer.

Speaking of step outs, gas producers Comstock Resources and Aethon Energy continue their “victory is mine” exploration and development of the Western Haynesville—an extension now aptly christened Waynesville. Aethon, whose newest well in Robertson County, Texas, produced nearly 3.3 BCF in the first four months of production last fall, can’t get enough of Wayne’s world and is now on the hunt for more.