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STATE OF ALASKA
ALASKA OIL AND GAS CONSERVATION COMMISSION
3001 Porcupine Drive
Anchorage Alaska 99501-3192

Re:	THE APPLICATION OF BP                  )Conservation Order No. 405
	EXPLORATION (ALASKA) INC.
	(BPX) for an order granting an
	exception to spacing requirements
	of Title 20 AAC 25.055 to provide
	for the drilling of the Sam No. 1
	exploration oil well.


October 7, 1997

IT APPEARING THAT:

1.	BPX submitted an application dated September 15, 1997 requesting 
exception to 20 AAC 25.055(a)(1) to allow drilling the Sam No. 1 exploration 
oil well to a location in an undefined pool that is closer than 500 feet to a 
quarter section line.

2.	Notice of opportunity for public hearing was published in the Anchorage 
Daily News on September 17, 1997 pursuant to 20 AAC 25.540.

3.	No protests to the application were received.


FINDINGS:

1.	The Sam No. 1 well as proposed will be a deviated hole drilled from a surface 
location 5000 from the south line (FSL) and 500 from the east line (FEL) of 
Section 6, T11N, R14E, Umiat Meridian (UM) to a proposed bottomhole 
location 2837FSL and 1557 FEL of Section 30, T12N, R14E, UM.

2.	Affected owners ARCO Alaska, Inc.and Exxon Corporation have been duly 
notified. 

3.	An exception to 20 AAC 25.055(a)(1) is necessary to allow drilling of this 
well.

CONCLUSION:

Granting a spacing exception to allow drilling of BPX Sam No. 1 well as proposed 
will not result in waste nor jeopardize correlative rights.


NOW, THEREFORE, IT IS ORDERED:

BP Exploration (Alaska), Inc.'s application for exception to 20 AAC 25.055 for the 
purpose of drilling the Sam No. 1 well is approved as proposed.


DONE at Anchorage, Alaska and dated October 7, 1997.


David W. Johnston, Chairman
Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission

Robert N. Christenson P.E., Commissioner
Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission

Cammy Oechsli, Commissioner
Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission

Conservation Order No. 405
October 7, 1997
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