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

Oil Climate Index measures 30 global crudes’ environmental impacts

Mar 12, 2015

Researchers at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Stanford University, and the University of Calgary unveiled the first Oil Climate Index to compare various crude oils’ environmental impacts from the wellhead to the consumer.

API is examining dilbit’s environmental impacts when released

Mar 10, 2015

The American Petroleum Institute is studying the properties of diluted bitumen (dilbit) and expects to develop findings about how oil sands crude behaves when it is accidentally released, API Pipeline Director Peter Lidiak told a National Academies hearing on the same subject.

Pennsylvania governor proposes natural gas severance tax

Mar 3, 2015

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf proposed a $29.9 billion budget on Mar. 3 that includes $2.5 billion of net tax increases for fiscal 2016, including a 5% severance tax on natural gas.

Pennsylvania governor asks Obama for stronger crude-by-rail rules

Mar 2, 2015

Noting that 60-70 trains/week carry Bakken crude oil across Pennsylvania to the Philadelphia area or other East Coast refineries, Gov. Tom Wolf (D) asked US President Barack Obama for stronger federal regulations to prevent derailments and improve safety.

International shale skepticism

Mar 2, 2015

For nearly 2 decades, North America-the US and Canada-has seen an increase of natural gas and oil reserves through application of new technology in unconventional plays.

Petroleum detected in fish tested after Yellowstone River pipeline spill

Feb 26, 2015

Detectable levels of petroleum were found in tests of fish pulled from the Yellowstone River downstream from a broken petroleum pipeline near Glendive. Mont., and the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks advised fishermen to use caution when deciding whether to eat fish from the oil spill area.

Hickenlooper’s siting task force calls for more local consultation

Feb 25, 2015

Colorado Gov. John W. Hickenlooper’s (D) oil and gas siting taskforce called for more consultation and greater involvement with local communities on Feb. 24, but stopped short of giving them more power as it forwarded 9 of 36 proposals to him, The Denver Post reported.

County decision in Washington state stalls Shell’s Bakken rail plans

Feb 24, 2015

A Skagit County Hearing Examiner in Mount Vernon, Wash., halted Royal Dutch Shell PLC’s plans to move Bakken crude oil by rail to the company’s Anacortes refinery in northwest Washington pending an environmental and public health risk review, which could take a year or more.

AER sets new seismic monitoring rules for Duvernay in the Fox Creek area

Feb 23, 2015

The Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) announced seismic monitoring and reporting requirements for companies using hydraulic fracturing in the Duvernay zone of the Fox Creek area following some seismic events there in December 2014 and in January.

NGL Energy expands DJ basin crude pipeline to 200,000 b/d

Feb 19, 2015

NGL Energy Partners LP will increase the capacity of its Grand Mesa crude pipeline to at least 200,000 b/d by using 20-in. OD pipe. Volumes committed to Rimrock Midstream LLC’s 150-mile Denver-Julesburg basin gathering system, currently under development and planned to tie into Grand Mesa at Lucerne, Colo., prompted the expansion decision.

Texas private equity firm to help fund Pennsylvania gas-fired power plant

Feb 19, 2015

Panda Power Funds agreed to jointly develop a 1,000-Mw Pennsylvania power project that will use natural gas from the Marcellus shale, the Dallas private equity firm reported.

Derailed West Virginia oil train carried Bakken crude

Feb 17, 2015

A large-scale cleanup and investigation have launched following the Feb. 16 derailment of a CSX crude oil train near Mount Carbon, W.Va.

Phillips 66 Partners to buy pipeline systems’ interests for $1 billion

Feb 16, 2015

Phillips 66 Partners LP has reached agreement with Phillips 66 to acquire Phillips 66’s interests in three pipeline systems for a total of $1.01 billion.

Oil-price collapse may aggravate producing nations’ other problems

Feb 5, 2015

The recent global crude-oil price plunge could be aggravating underlying problems in Mexico, Colombia, and other Western Hemisphere producing nations, speakers suggested during a Feb. 4 discussion at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

Alberta’s premier seeks more North American energy integration

Feb 5, 2015

Better policy integration and cooperation will be needed for Canada, Mexico, and the US to fully realize the North American energy renaissance’s potential, Alberta Premier Jim Prentice said. Unfortunately, trends are leading more toward fragmentation and confrontation, he warned.

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