Shale plays first come to mind when one considers unconventional resources. These unconventional resource plays may yield natural gas, gas condensates, and crude oil. Some of the more noteworthy shale plays in North America include the Barnett, Haynesville, Marcellus, Eagle Ford, Fayetteville, Woodford, Bakken, Niobrara, Horn River, Permian Basin, and Utica formations. Tight gas, coalbed methane, oil sands, and heavy oil are non-shale unconventional resources.



Eagle Ford | Marcellus | Bakken| Permian Basin | Utica | Barnett | Haynesville | Cline


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API updates oil, gas shale resources development standards

Oct 13, 2015

The American Petroleum Institute issued new editions of its hydraulic fracturing standards to help operators continuously improve well integrity, groundwater protection, and environmental safety. The shale development standards, which API last updated in 2011, have worked alongside robust state regulations to ensure safe and responsible development with fracing for more than 65 years, the trade association said.

Pennsylvania law okays treated coal-mining water for frac jobs

Oct 13, 2015

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf signed into law a bill intended to encourage more oil and gas companies to use treated coal-mine wastewater for hydraulic fracturing. The law was scheduled to become effective in December.

Utica shale may hold more oil, gas than earlier estimates, study says

Oct 13, 2015

The Utica shale, which underlies the better-known Marcellus formation, could hold far more oil and gas than previously estimated, the US Department of Energy’s Fossil Energy Office said. If the play’s commercial potential could be realized, it could be, geographically, the nation’s largest gas field, it indicated.

BHI: US rig count down for 7th-straight week, falls below 800

Oct 9, 2015

The US drilling rig count dropped 14 units during the week ended Oct. 9 to 795, remaining at its lowest level since May 3, 2002, according to data from Baker Hughes Inc.

NEB notes shift to tight gas production in western Canada

Oct 9, 2015

Canada’s National Energy Board says a decade-long shift away from conventional natural gas resources toward tight gas production has been led by large midsized producers.

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