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.

Other Unconventional Oil News

API: US drilling up, but still below year ago

Oct 19, 2009 US oil and gas drilling activity rebounded somewhat from the previous 3-month period during 2009's third quarter but remained substantially lower than the comparable 2008 period, the American Petroleum Institute reported.

Gas-price relief, if not reshaping, seen at meeting

Oct 12, 2009 Setting offers important context to predictions of near-term gains for recently abysmal gas prices in the US.

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Oct 12, 2009

WGC09: Gas, LNG making inroads despite global recession

Oct 12, 2009 Speakers on the first day of the 24th World Gas Conference in Buenos Aires consistently noted developments in the past 3 years few had anticipated at the last event in 2006.

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Sep 28, 2009

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Sep 28, 2009

Special Report: GAS SHALE—1: Seven plays dominate North America activity

Sep 28, 2009 Seven shale plays dominate today's North America natural gas potential reserves additions and production increases.

Special Report: Understanding process key to shale gas development

Sep 28, 2009 Making hydrocarbon production from shales a profitable venture requires a process for driving down overall costs.

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Sep 21, 2009

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Aug 24, 2009

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Aug 17, 2009

Gas hydrate assessment needed, House panel told

Aug 10, 2009 Natural gas hydrates are a potentially significant energy source, but more work needs to be done to determine if they can be economically produced, three experts told a US House subcommittee late last month.

Special Report: Project start, completion dates become less definite

Aug 10, 2009 Many oil and gas development projects remain on schedule, but companies also have deferred many projects so that start-up and completion dates have become less certain.

Editorial: Politics and fuel choice

Aug 10, 2009 The folly of governmental fuel choice is playing out vividly in the shadowed margins of fiscal politics. Hydrogen, everyone’s favorite vehicle fuel a few years ago, has fallen from grace—at least in some quarters.

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Aug 3, 2009
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