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Abstract: Sedimentology and Permeability Architecture of Atokan Valley-Fill Natural Gas Reservoirs, Boonsville Field, North-Central Texas

Mark J. Burn, David L. Carr, John Stuede

The Boonsville "Bend Conglomerate" gas field in Jack and Wise counties comprises numerous thin (10-20 ft) conglomeratic sandstone reservoirs within an approximately 1000-ft-thick section of Atokan strata. Reservoir sandstone bodies commonly overlie sequence-boundary unconformities and exhibit overall upward-fining grain-size trends. Many represent incised valley-fill deposits that accumulated during postunconformity base-level rise. This stratal architecture is repeated at several levels throughout the Bend Conglomerate, suggesting that sediment accumulation occurred in a moderate- to low-accommodation setting and that base level fluctuated frequently.

The reservoir units were deposited by low-sinuosity fluvial processes, causing a hierarchy of bed forms and grain-avalanche bar-front processes to produce complex grain-size variations. Permeability distribution is primarily controlled by depositional factors but may also be affected by secondary porosity created by the selective dissolution of chert clasts. High-permeability zones (up to 2.8 darcys) are characterized by macroscopic vugs comprised of clast-shaped moldic voids (up to 5 mm in diameter). Tight (low-permeability) zones are heavily cemented by silica, calcite, dolomite, and ankerite and siderite cements.

Minipermeameter, x-radiograph, and petrographic studies and facies analysis conducted on cores from two Bend Conglomerate reservoirs (Threshold Development Company, I. G. Yates 33, and OXY U.S.A. Sealy "C" 2) illustrate the hierarchy of sedimentological and diagenetic controls on permeability architecture.

AAPG Search and Discovery Article #90983©1994 GCAGS and Gulf Coast SEPM 44th Annual Meeting, Austin, Texas, October 6-7, 1994