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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Indian oil firms to buy stake in Carrizo's Niobrara shale assets

Oct 4, 2012

Oil India Ltd. (OIL) and Indian Oil Corp. (IOC) jointly agreed to acquire 30% of Carrizo Oil & Gas Inc.’s liquid-rich shale assets in the Niobrara basin in Colorado through their wholly owned US subsidiaries for $82.5 million total, marking the India parent companies’ first US upstream acquisition.

Double Eagle updates Wyoming Niobrara, CBM work

Oct 2, 2012

Double Eagle Petroleum Co., Denver, and Warren Resources Inc., New York, the two major owners of the Spyglass Hill and Catalina units in the Atlantic Rim of the Washakie basin in Wyoming, have exercised preferential rights to acquire additional working interest in the units from a subsidiary of Anadarko Petroleum Corp.

FOCUS: UNCONVENTIONAL OIL & GAS — Anadarko, Noble upbeat on Niobrara resource potential

Jun 4, 2012

Two key operators in the emerging Niobrara play were among a handful of oil companies recently touting the Niobrara's resource potential in Wattenberg field in the Denver-Julesburg basin during first-quarter earnings conference calls.

Chesapeake puts some DJ basin assets on sales block

May 24, 2012

Chesapeake Energy Corp., Oklahoma City, has put 503,863 net acres of its oil and natural gas holdings in the Denver-Julesberg basin up for sale. The acreage includes the Niobrara shale play of northern Colorado.

Colorado: Sand Wash Niobrara program to start

May 8, 2012

Quicksilver Resources Inc., Fort Worth, said it expects to begin an exploratory drilling program of as many as seven vertical and horizontal wells later this month in the Sand Wash basin of northwestern Colorado.

Wyoming: NDB Energy to pursue Niobrara play

Apr 3, 2012

NDB Energy Inc., Houston, completed the acquisition of private Armada Oil Inc., which has interests in the Niobrara play in southern Wyoming’s Laramie and Hanna basins.

Ultra eyes Niobrara in southern Denver basin

Mar 28, 2012

Ultra Petroleum Corp., Houston, whose major assets produce natural gas in the Green River basin and Pennsylvania Marcellus, is making a play for liquids in the Niobrara formation in Colorado in the southern Denver-Julesburg basin.

Anadarko, Noble tout Niobrara resource potential

Nov 15, 2011

Two key operators have provided positive assessments of horizontal drilling results in the emerging Niobrara play in giant Wattenberg field in the Denver-Julesburg basin.

Colorado-Wyoming: Barrett sees Niobrara potential

Nov 3, 2011

Bill Barrett Corp., Denver, is evaluating Niobrara oil potential on its acreage in the Denver-Julesburg and Wind River basins.

Wyoming: Double Eagle to drill Niobrara at Atlantic Rim

Nov 3, 2011

Double Eagle Petroleum Co., Denver, has spudded a Niobrara exploratory well on its Atlantic Rim holdings in Sweetwater County, Wyo.

Kinder Morgan launches DJ basin crude oil pipeline open season

Sep 12, 2011

Kinder Morgan Energy Partners LP launched an open season for firm transportation capacity on its proposed Pony Express Crude Oil Pipeline Project.

Colorado: Ultra to drill Denver basin Niobrara spread

Aug 10, 2011

Ultra Petroleum Corp., Houston, has acquired nearly 100,000 acres targeting liquids in the Niobrara formation in the Denver-Julesburg basin in Colorado.

Colorado: Quicksilver pursues Sand Wash Niobrara

Aug 8, 2011

Quicksilver Resources Inc., Fort Worth, has drilled three vertical wells on Niobrara prospects in the Sand Wash basin of northwestern Colorado and will start completion later in August.

Colorado: Continental sees Niobrara as matrix-driven

Aug 4, 2011

Continental Resources Inc., Enid, Okla., said it completed the Newton 1-4H well in Weld County, Colo., in the second quarter of 2011 at initial production results that were below expectations.

BLM seeks comments on Dejour's proposed Colorado gas project

Aug 1, 2011

 The US Bureau of Land Management is seeking public comments on Dejour Energy (USA) Corp.’s proposed natural gas project in northwestern Colorado.

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