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

American Energy’s Utica, Marcellus units to merge

Jan 8, 2015

American Energy–Utica LLC (AEU) and American Energy–Marcellus LLC (AEM), both affiliates of American Energy Partners LP (AELP), will merge in an all-stock transaction. 

Moniz: Low crude prices unlikely to change US energy policies

Jan 8, 2015

Crude oil prices below $50/bbl could force some producers to reduce capital expenditures if they go on for long, but are not likely to change US energy policies, according to US Sec. of Energy Ernest G. Moniz.

Watching Government: What best practices involve

Dec 22, 2014

So what, exactly, are best practices? Government policymakers freely use the term these days when they describe what's behind standards they're proposing.

Moody’s: Mid-term elections dim federal fracing regulation prospects

Dec 18, 2014

Results of 2014’s congressional elections have reduced the prospect of the federal government enacting its own hydraulic fracturing regulations, Moody’s said in a Dec. 17 report. It noted that Republicans, who generally have taken the position that state regulations are sufficient, will assume control of the US Senate in addition to the House in January.

Severance tax would backfire, Pennsylvania association leaders warn

Dec 17, 2014

Enacting a severance tax aimed at Pennsylvania’s unconventional natural gas activity would substantially harm the commonwealth beyond the industry itself, three oil and gas trade association officials warned.

New York state moves to ban hydraulic fracturing

Dec 17, 2014

High-volume hydraulic fracturing will be banned in the state of New York, Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration announced Dec. 17, citing health risks and concerns about possible contamination of air and water. The state has had a temporary moratorium on fracturing in the Marcellus shale for years.

Cenovus trims budget, slows oil sands work

Dec 16, 2014

Cenovus Energy Inc., Calgary, is trimming its capital spending in response to declining crude oil prices and will slow development of some of its thermal oil sands projects in Alberta.

Pengrowth starts commercial steam operations at Lindbergh thermal project

Dec 16, 2014

Pengrowth Energy Corp., Calgary, reported the startup of commercial steam operations at Phase 1 of its Lindbergh thermal project in the Cold Lake area of eastern Alberta.

Sunshine Oilsands appoints chief executive officer

Dec 15, 2014

Sunshine Oilsands Ltd., Calgary, has appointed Luo Hong as chief executive officer and Jiang Qi as president and chief operating officer.

A message from Oil & Gas Journal

Dec 15, 2014

An important transition occurred during production of this issue of Unconventional Oil & Gas Report.

Watching Government: Did Maryland go too far?

Dec 8, 2014

Maryland finally proposed a strategy to regulate unconventional natural gas exploration and production on Nov. 25. The question quickly moved from what was taking so long to whether it went too far.

National Forest in Va., W.Va., leaves fracing to state governments

Nov 18, 2014

The George Washington National Forest in Virginia and West Virginia will allow some oil and gas activity using hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling under its new final forest plan, which was released in Roanoke, Va., on Nov. 18.

US refiners could process more light tight crudes, study finds

Oct 6, 2014

US refiners will have the capacity by 2020 to process 3.1-4.3 million b/d more of light, tight crude oil (LTC) than in fourth-quarter 2013, according to a Baker & O’Brien Inc. study commissioned by Consumers & Refiners United for Domestic Energy (CRUDE).

IHS: Unconventional supply chain industries support growing number of jobs, revenues

Sep 23, 2014

A diverse group of industries supporting unconventional oil and gas producers has reaped a large portion of the economic rewards from development of these previously untapped resources, highlights an IHS study released Sept. 23.

AAPG ICE: ExxonMobil outlines international approach to unconventional development

Sep 22, 2014

Global energy demand is expected to increase 35% to 2040, translating to 120 billion boe/year, or nearly 350 million boe/d, stated Rocky Becker, vice-president, Europe-Caspian-Russia at ExxonMobil Exploration Co.

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