Elk Petroleum is planning is employing new technology in Sheridan County that will enable oil to be harvested from the North Ash Creek Oil Field. Ralph Schulte, engineering manager, explains that oil resources in the county have been detected and recovered for decades now.
The initial efforts produced six million barrels of oil. Schulte says even after two waves of extraction crews, there's still more to be collected.
Chemical flooding is among the last stages of oil recovery in a reservoir. Schulte said the process basically entails washing the ground with soap to separate leftover oil for collection.
Ralph said a chemical flood of the field could yield up to 2 million barrels of oil.