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Horizontal Drilling - Division of Interests

Horizontal Drilling Title Challenges With the ability to drill numerous horizontal wells on a combined surface location, oil and gas operators will often develop multiple sections at once, utilizing several drilling and spacing units or horizontal wellbore spacing units. This practice is commonly used by operators in the Denver-Julesburg Basin (“DJ Basin”) and the Greater Wattenberg Area in northern Colorado, targeting the Niobrara and Codell formations for oil and gas development. A typical development area can consist of several sections of land or portions of those sections, and the proposed spacing units will overlap these lands in various configurations. From a title perspective, this c

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