Pinedale Anticline Project Area
The Pinedale Anticline Project Area (PAPA) is located within Sublette County, Wyoming, on a narrow, diagonal swath of land that stretches from just outside the Pinedale town limits along U.S. Highway 191 to about 70 miles north of Rock Springs.
Exploration & Production
Exploration and production in the PAPA began in earnest in late 2000 after new drilling and perforation techniques employed in the in the deep, tight sand reservoirs
of the nearby Jonah Field
After the release of the Bureau of Land Management
Record of Decision on drilling in the PAPA, the volume of drilling activity in the PAPA quickly surpassed the Jonah Field as the project area is larger than Jonah and thought to be ultimately more lucrative. The gas reserves are several thousand feet deeper than Jonah.
Winter restrictions on drilling were put into place to protect wildlife habitat, however many of those restrictions are in the process of being lifted through various winter drilling proposals.