Nevada's Chainman shale shows exploration potential

Thomas L. Davis Geologist Ventura, Calif. Jay Namson Namson Consulting Inc. San Clemente, Calif. The fold and thrust belt play that extends through eastern Nevada and western Utah remains largely underexplored (Fig. 1). Given its enormous area, there is potential for a subset of the fold and thrust belt play that includes surface anticlines of eastern Nevada. In 2004, discovery of the 20-million-bbl Covenant oil field in central Utah initiated intense exploration efforts in the region (OGJ, Jan. 17, 2005). This was followed in 2008 by discovery of the smaller Providence oil field along the eastern edge of the belt in central Utah.1 Exploration activity has not extended to the broad inter...

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