Rockies a 'Persian Gulf' of gas

An OGJ Special Report issue that contains a wrapup on the deepwater Gulf of Mexico might seem an unlikely place for a column about natural gas in the Rocky Mountains.But if US gas consumption is to grow from 22 tcf/year now to 30 tcf by 2010 and 40 tcf by 2020, the country needs more gas from whatever sources it can.The US Geological Survey estimated that two thirds of future US undiscovered gas will come from onshore and one third from offshore. That's 200 tcf onshore vs. 100 tcf offshore.Much of the onshore supply will come from Rocky Mountain basins, where huge stores of gas in rock of extremely low permeability line deep sedimentary layers of many of the Laramide-age basins. These...

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