-- Pioneer developing Raton Pierre shale gas A shale gas play on the Colorado side of the Raton basin has recovery potential exceeding 2 tcf of gas net to Pioneer Natural Resources from about 21 tcf in place on its acreage, the company said.
-- Chesapeake sees large potential in US plays A Jurassic Haynesville shale play in Louisiana, with only a few wells producing gas so far, could eventually be worth 7.5-20 tcf of recovery net to Chesapeake Energy Corp., the company said in late March.
-- Quebec Utica shale gas development eyed Forest Oil Corp., Denver, plans to drill three horizontal wells this year in an emerging play for gas in Ordovician Utica shale in Quebec's St. Lawrence Lowlands.
-- Luthi: OCS leasing must move beyond gulf More federal OCS areas must be opened for oil and gas leasing if the US expects to limit its energy imports, said US MMS Director Randall B. Luthi.
-- EOG makes Barnett shale oil discovery EOG Resources Inc. announced an oil discovery in the Barnett shale region near Fort Worth, Tex., where EOG has drilled for natural gas since 2004.
-- EOG to pursue North Park basin Niobrara oil EOG Resources plans to drill seven wells in 2008 and is shooting a 36 sq mile 3D seismic survey in a horizontal play for oil in Cretaceous Niobrara in Colorado's remote North Park basin.
-- Continental touts Michigan TBR program Continental Resources plans to drill five more wells in the second and third quarters in an Ordovician Trenton-Black River oil and gas play in Hillsdale County, Mich.
-- EOG to corner North Dakota Bakken play EOG Resources booked 21 million boe of proved reserves in Parshall field in the North Dakota Bakken shale oil play and is still comfortable with its previous estimate that net reserves will eventually reach 80 million bbl.
-- MMS expects $362.5 million in latest RIK oil sale The US MMS expects to gross $362.5 million from its latest RIK oil sale from federal offshore leases in the Gulf of Mexico and Pacific Ocean, the Department of the Interior agency reported.
-- Discoveries boost output on Chile Fell Block GeoPark Holdings Ltd., Buenos Aires, said it is completing its $57 million 2008 capital program on the 440,000-acre Fell Block in southern Chile's Austral basin.
-- Iraq opens second round bidding The Iraqi oil ministry has launched the second round of tenders to develop some of its oil and gas fields, hoping to add as much as 2.5 million b/d of oil production capacity.
-- Texas-Offshore Sonterra Resources Inc., Houston, plans to place on production the Matagorda Bay State Tract 127-1 Unit exploratory well in the Nodosaria-1 formation at 11,700 ft in January 2009.