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

USGS: Water usage for fracturing varies widely across shale plays

Jul 1, 2015

The volume of water required to hydraulically fracture wells varies widely across the country, according to the first national analysis and map of hydraulic fracturing water usage detailed in a recent US Geological Survey study.

Group suggests principles for Alberta royalty review

Jun 29, 2015

The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) has suggested that four principles guide Alberta in an oil and gas royalty review planned by a new center-left government in conjunction with a toughened approach to climate change.

CAPP: Oil sands producers prepared to take greater role reducing emissions

Jun 26, 2015

Canada’s oil sands producers are prepared to take a greater leadership role in reducing greenhouse-gas emissions, according to the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers.

Judge’s order delays BLM’s implementation of fracing regulations

Jun 24, 2015

A federal district judge in Wyoming temporarily delayed the US Bureau of Land Management’s implementation of its recently issued hydraulic fracturing regulations. Judge Scott W. Skavdahl issued a stay on June 23 to give the US Department of the Interior agency until July 22 to submit a full administrative record in legal challenges by four states and two independent oil and gas producers’ associations.

Study outlines policy strategy for unconventional development

Jun 22, 2015

Unconventional oil and gas presents perhaps the single largest opportunity to improve the trajectory of the US economy, according to a report released by Harvard University Business School (HBS) and Boston Consulting Group Inc. (BCG).

Merged Houston oil and gas firm skips interest payment

Jun 15, 2015

Sabine Oil & Gas Corp., Houston, which drills for oil and gas in Texas and Louisiana, has decided to skip a $21 million interest payment and enter a 30-day grace period to either make the payment or slip into a debt default.

Study outlines policy strategy for unconventional development

Jun 12, 2015

Unconventional oil and gas presents perhaps the single largest opportunity to improve the trajectory of the US economy, according to a report released by Harvard University Business School (HBS) and Boston Consulting Group Inc. (BCG).

Foster Creek resumes operations after CLAWR forest fire

Jun 11, 2015

Cenovus Energy Inc. reported on June 11 that it has resumed operations at its Foster Creek oil sands project in northern Alberta after a forest fire on the Cold Lake Air Weapons Range (CLAWR) led to a precautionary, 11-day shutdown of the operation on May 23.

Gulfport Energy to buy more Utica acreage in Ohio

Jun 10, 2015

Gulfport Energy Corp., Oklahoma City, has agreed to acquire 35,326 net acres in the Utica shale in Ohio from American Energy-Utica LLC.

SPE Conference: Heavy oil development requires long-term view, incoming president says

Jun 9, 2015

Speaking to a half-empty auditorium that reflected the tough economic environment of the North American onshore market, Janeen Judah, the incoming president of the Society of Petroleum Engineers, addressed the problems facing heavy oil.

ETP provides details on Revolution pipeline, processing project

Jun 8, 2015

Energy Transfer Partners LP (ETP), Dallas, has released details on its Revolution project for the Marcellus and Upper Devonian areas of western Pennsylvania.

Marathon commissions unit at Kentucky refinery

Jun 5, 2015

Marathon Petroleum Corp. (MPC) has commissioned a 35,000-b/d condensate splitting unit at its 242,000-b/d Catlettsburg, Ky., refinery to boost the site’s capacity to process production from shale regions in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia.

Oil-demand curve's flattening adds to pressure on OPEC

Jun 5, 2015

When leaders of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries meet in Vienna on June 5, they should heed a stern signal from the oil market.

Apache to reorganize into three regions

Jun 5, 2015

Houston independent Apache Corp. reported plans to restructure the company into three "super regions" following a series of acquisitions and divestitures over the last 5 years.

ANGA says industry using latest technology to protect water

Jun 4, 2015

Industry is committed to making continuous improvements and using the latest technology to recycle water and use nonpotable water, Marty Durbin, president and chief executive officer of America’s Natural Gas Alliance, said in response to a government agency’s draft about water and hydraulic fracturing.  

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