Other ID: COST No. B-2 well
Organization(s): USGS, Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center
Location: Baltimore Canyon Trough, mid-Atlantic outer continental shelf, United States, North America, North Atlantic;
Principal Investigator(s): C. Wylie Poag
Affiliate Investigator(s): Peter Scholle, USGS
Data Type(s): Sampling: Geology
Scientific Purpose/Goals: Continental Offshore Stratigraphic Test (COST) Group, a group of 31 petroleum companies, drilled the COST No. B-2 well, the first deep stratigraphic test well, on the eastern flank of the Baltimore Canyon Trough, Atlantic Outer Continental Shelf, to explore resource potential in the area. The operator was Ocean Production Company and the platform was the submersible drill rig SEDCO-J.
Start Date: 1975-12-14
End Date: 1976-03-28
Equipment Used: Rotary drill, Submersible drill rig
Information to be Derived: Samples and chemical analysis; Grain size analysis; Morphology; Petroleum resource potential;
Summary of Activity and Data Gathered: Continuous drilling 15,953 ft. beneath the sea floor. Conventional cores: 4; Sidewall cores: 822; Microfossil samples; Electronic drilling logs; Temperature/Pressure logs.
Notes: The COST No. B-2 well was drilled by Ocean Production Company, acting as the operator for a group of 31 petroleum companies. The Maryland Geological Survey acted as the data distributor for the Geological Surveys of some of the other Atlantic coastal states.
King, K.C., 1979, Correlation of lithologic and sonic logs from the COST No. B-2 well with seismic reflection data: .
Klitgord, K.D., and Schneider, C.M., 1994, Geophysical database of the east coast of the United States northern Atlantic margin; velocity analyses: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 94-192, 74 p. URL: http://pubs.er.usgs.gov/usgspubs/ofr/ofr94192, download PDF.
Scholle, P.A., ed., 1977, Geological studies on the COST No. B-2 well, U.S. mid-Atlantic outer continental shelf area: U.S. Geological Survey Circular 750, 71 p. URL: http://pubs.er.usgs.gov/usgspubs/cir/cir750.
Scholle, P.A., Krivoy, Harold Lloyd, and Hennessy, Jacqueline L., 1978, Summary chart of geological data from the COST No. B-2 well, U.S. mid-Atlantic outer continental shelf: .
Smith, M.A., Amato, R. V., Furbush, M. A., Pert, D. M., Nelson, M. E., Hendrix, J. S., Tamm, L. C., Wood, G., Jr., and Shaw, D. R., 1976, Geological and operational summary, COST No. B-2 well, Baltimore Canyon Trough area, mid-Atlantic OCS: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 76-774, 79 p. URL: http://pubs.er.usgs.gov/usgspubs/ofr/ofr76774.