Niobrara

Niobrara Shale Description ImageThe Niobrara shale formation is situated in northeastern Colorado and parts of adjacent Wyoming, Nebraska, and Kansas. Primarily an oil play, it is in the Denver-Julesburg Basin, which has long been a major oil and gas province. An emerging play, the Niobrara is in its early stages and companies have been busy leasing land for future drilling. It has been compared by some to the Bakken shale formation farther to the north.

Samson Oil & Gas is one of the earliest companies to establish a position in the Niobrara, which some call the “NeoBakken.” Other operators include EOG Resources, Anadarko Petroleum, SM Energy, Noble Energy, Chesapeake Energy, Whiting Petroleum, Quicksilver Resources, MDU Resources, and Bill Barrett Corp. Chesapeake and EOG each have about 400,000 net acres in the Niobrara.

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Niobrara Shale News

Baker Hughes: US drilling rig count jumps to 1,777

Jan 17, 2014

Land rigs accounted entirely for the sharp 23-unit increase in the US drilling rig count during the week ended Jan. 17, Baker Hughes Inc. reported. The US now has 1,777 rigs working.

Baker Hughes: US drilling rig count drops to 1,768

Dec 20, 2013

The US drilling rig count relinquished 14 units to settle at 1,768 rigs working in the week ended Dec. 20, Baker Hughes Inc. reported.

Niobrara Briefs

Dec 13, 2013

Production from Niobrara shale continues to rise

Dec 13, 2013

In Colorado's D-J basin, daily output of oil and natural gas from the Niobrara shale continues to climb. This scenario is expected to continue, despite attempts to limit development on the political front.

WPX to develop San Juan Gallup oil discovery

Aug 5, 2013

WPX Energy Inc., Tulsa, will drill 8-10 development wells in New Mexico in 2013 near a San Juan basin oil discovery at which the first four wells flowed at commercial rates from Cretaceous Gallup sandstone.

Pacific Energy Development drills two Niobrara wells

Jul 5, 2013

Pacific Energy Development Corp., Danville, Calif., has drilled two wells on its Niobrara holdings in northeastern Colorado.

Crestwood acquires Niobrara gas gathering interest

Jun 24, 2013

Crestwood Midstream Partners LP subsidiary Crestwood Niobrara LLC has entered into an agreement to acquire a 50% interest in Jackalope Gas Gathering Services LLC from RKI Exploration & Production LLC.

Central US briefs

May 1, 2013

Other Regional briefs

May 1, 2013

Piceance Niobrara gas discovery tops 1 bcf in 100 days

Apr 8, 2013

A Niobrara shale discovery well on production for 100 days in western Colorado’s Piceance basin has recovered more than 1 bcf of gas, the same volume as a typical well recovers from the Williams Fork formation in a 25-30-year life, said WPX Energy Inc., Tulsa.

 

Western Gas to buy Marcellus gathering assets

Mar 4, 2013

Western Gas Partners LP, an Anadarko Petroleum Corp.-owned master limited partnership, agreed to acquire a 33.75% interest in the Liberty and Rome gas gathering systems from Anadarko and a 33.75% interest in the Larry’s Creek, Seely, and Warrensville gas gathering systems from an affiliate of Chesapeake Energy Corp.

Piceance Niobrara/Mancos horizontal work growing

Feb 19, 2013

Fourteen horizontal wells have been drilled in the Cretaceous Mancos shale in the Piceance basin in northwestern Colorado, said Dejour Energy Inc., Denver.

WPX gauges Piceance horizontal Niobrara gas find

Feb 11, 2013

WPX Energy Inc., Tulsa, has revealed a horizontal Niobrara shale gas discovery in the Piceance basin of Colorado that the company said has the potential to ultimately more than double its current 18 tcf equivalent of proved, probable, and possible reserves.

Caerus to buy PDC Energy’s noncore Colorado natural gas assets

Feb 6, 2013

Caerus Oil & Gas LLC plans to buy what PDC Energy Inc. considers its noncore Colorado natural gas assets for $200 million.

WPX gauges Piceance horizontal Niobrara gas find

Jan 23, 2013

WPX Energy Inc., Tulsa, has revealed a horizontal Niobrara shale gas discovery in the Piceance basin of Colorado that the company said has the potential to ultimately more than double its current 18 tcf equivalent of proved, probable, and possible reserves.

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