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Oil Drilling at Arreton

British Petroleum Co. commenced drilling for oil in the Lower Greensand strata at Perreton Farm on the outskirts of Arreton in October 1952 and continued until April 1953, reaching a total depth of 5161 feet. The successions of formations penetrated with their respective thicknesses are listed below. Slight traces of oil and bituminous lignite were found at various points but apparently not enough in commercial quantity. British Petroleum Co., prepared a graphical form of the Well-Log, giving exact and complete details of the drilling thought the period and these were logged with the Museum of Isle of Wight Geology. The drilling details and core samples in feet are listed here:

Arreton Oil Drilling Table
Period Core Samples Depth in Feet
Cretaceous Lower Greensand 210
" Wealden 1980
Jurassic Purbeck 373
" Portland 87
" Kimmeridge 1107
" Corallion 216
" Oxford Clay 450
" Kellaways Beds 99
" Cornbrash 19
" Great Oolite 196
" Fullers Earth 252
" Inferior Oolite 172

Source: A. T. Grapes. IWNHAS 1954

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