Other Unconventional Oil

Other Unconventional Description ImageIn addition to the well-known gas shale plays like the Barnett, Haynesville, Marcellus, and Eagle Ford, and oil plays like the Bakken, there are perhaps dozens of smaller, less well-known resource plays, many of which are in the very early stages of exploration and development. Some of the plays are shale and others are tight gas or coalbed methane. Many are in the United States and Canada, but increasingly exploration and production companies are using modern drilling and production technology to develop natural gas and oil from unconventional subsurface formations in Europe and Asia. Doubtless, unconventional resources eventually will be exploited in Africa, South America, and Australia as well. What we call “unconventional” today will be considered “conventional” in time.

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Special Report: Sonatrach maintains investments despite low crude oil prices

Aug 3, 2009 Despite declines in oil and gas prices, Sonatrach, the Algerian national oil company, is maintaining its investment program.

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Jul 27, 2009

Watching Government: Stalemate likely on Section 526

Jul 20, 2009 US House and Senate committees have each approved amendments to Section 526 of the 2007 Energy Independence and Security Act. But the devil, once again, is in the details.

Special Report: Weak energy demand to persist through 2009

Jul 20, 2009 Demand for oil will shrink this year—as will demand for almost all sources of energy in the US—because of economic contraction. Gas, coal, and nuclear energy demand will decline, but the use of hydroelectric power generation and all other renewable energy sources will grow from last year.

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Jul 20, 2009

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Jul 13, 2009

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Jul 6, 2009

Researchers develop ways to treat, recycle frac water

Jul 6, 2009 The use of membrane filtration to recycle water from fracturing flowback is among the research projects being funded by the Research Partnership to Secure Energy for America (RPSEA),

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Jul 6, 2009

Special Report: Global turmoil reaches international LPG markets

Jun 22, 2009 Less than a year ago global LPG prices approached all-time highs. Since then, the global economy has moved into a recession, the world's largest LPG producer (the US) has undergone a major change in political leadership, and crude oil prices have collapsed.

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Jun 22, 2009

Editorial: Where feds shouldn’t stray

Jun 15, 2009 For the push to impose federal regulation of hydraulic fracturing, three possible motivations exist: The practice exposes subsurface sources of drinking water to risk and therefore should be regulated.

EnCana banking heavily on unconventional gas, oil

Jun 15, 2009 Unconventional gas and oil plays represent the future for EnCana Corp. and the North American oil and gas industry, EnCana said May 27.

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Jun 15, 2009

Watching Government: Calls for calm amid hyperbole

Jun 15, 2009 US Rep. Martin T. Heinrich (D-NM) tried to cool things off when he was finally recognized at the House Natural Resources Committee’s Energy and Mineral Resources subcommittee hearing on June 4.
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