Pilot shale awaits oil exploration in Great Basin

Alan Chamberlain Cedar Strat Corp. Las Vegas S.K. Bhattacharjee Sita Oil Exploration Houston The organic rich, thermally mature, oil-prospective Pilot shale, age equivalent of the Bakken formation in the Williston basin, underlies a large part of the eastern Great Basin in Nevada and Utah. An isopach map constructed by the authors indicates that the Pilot shale is at least 140 ft thick under 45 million acres of the 71 million acres of the eastern Great Basin (Fig. 1). Moreover, the Pilot shale is at least twice as thick as the Bakken under 17.2 million acres and 800 ft thick or more under 1.3 million acres. Integration of extensive surface mapping, measured sections, well studies, and re...

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