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

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.

Deloitte studies oil supply growth for 2015-16

Feb 4, 2015

A Deloitte MarketPoint analysis suggested large-field projects, each producing more than 25,000 b/d, could bring on 1.835 million b/d in oil supply this year of which 635,000 b/d would be from members of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries and the rest from non-OPEC productions.

ASMP report lists routes to shale-stimulated manufacturing rebound

Jan 29, 2015

The US shale oil and gas renaissance has created a manufacturing rebound that could produce even more jobs and stimulate further economy growth with the right conditions, the American Shale & Manufacturing Partnership said in a recent report.

ETP, Regency to merge in $18-billion deal

Jan 26, 2015

Energy Transfer Partners LP (ETP) and Regency Energy Partners have agreed to merge in a unit-for-unit transaction, plus a one-time cash payment to Regency unit holders, valued at $18 billion, including the assumption of net debt and other liabilities of $6.8 billion.

Shiels appointed chief executive officer of American Energy–Midstream

Jan 19, 2015

American Energy Partners LP (AEP), Oklahoma City, has named David C. Shiels as chief executive officer of affiliate American Energy–Midstream LLC (AE-MidCo).

Study says most of California’s fracturing done in Kern County

Jan 19, 2015

Almost all hydraulic fracturing done in California happens in the southwest portion of the San Joaquin basin in Kerr County, said a scientific study released by the California Natural Resources Agency, the California Council on Science & Technology (CCST), and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

Conoco’s Lance calls for repeal of US crude oil export ban

Jan 15, 2015

The US crude export ban that was imposed in 1975 should be repealed 40 years later to ensure the US oil and gas renaissance continues, ConocoPhillips Chief Executive Officer Ryan Lance said.

Start-up delayed for North Dakota refinery

Jan 9, 2015

Dakota Prairie Refining LLC, a joint venture of MDU Resources Group Inc., Bismarck, ND, and its 50-50 partner Calumet Specialty Produces Partners LP, Indianapolis, has delayed commercial production of diesel fuel and other products at its 20,000-b/d diesel refinery in North Dakota until the second quarter.

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.

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