Piceance/Uinta Tight Gas

Piceance/Uinta Description ImageThe Piceance and Uinta basins are in northeastern Utah and northwestern Colorado. Both the Piceance and Uinta are tight gas resources plays. The primary target of gas development has been the Williams Fork formation, of Cretaceous age, in the Mesaverde group. The Williams Fork is a several-thousand-foot thick section of shale, sandstone, and coal deposited in a coastal plain environment. The formation has long been known to contain natural gas. However, the sandstone reservoirs have low permeability and limited areal extent, which made gas wells uneconomic in the past.

Key players in the Piceance and Uinta resource plays include Chevron, Encana, ExxonMobil, Noble Energy, Bill Barrett Corp., Antero Resources, Delta Petroleum, Laramie Energy, and Harvest Natural Resources – to name just a few.

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U. S. BRIEFS

Jun 17, 1991 U.S. SUPREME COURT declined to block a lawsuit in which four western states claim seven major oil companies conspired to fix prices and create a gasoline shortage during the 1973-74 Arab oil embargo. In 1986, a federal judge dismissed the suit by Arizona, California, Oregon, and Washington, saying the states failed to prove a conspiracy. But an appeals court reinstated the suit and ordered a trial. Defendants are ARCO, Chevron Corp., Exxon Corp., Mobil Corp., Shell Oil Co., Texaco Inc., and

U.S. BRIEFS

Jul 1, 1991 ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY seeks $525,000 in penalties from Mobil Oil Corp. for allegedly failing to notify appropriate agencies after three releases of hazardous materials from its Paulsboro, N.J., refinery during 1989 and 1990. EPA said Mobil didn't immediately notify them of a 2,900 lb release of sulfur dioxide Sept. 26, 1989, 2,200 lb of hydrogen sulfide Dec. 4, 1989, and 450 lb Of SO2 Mar. 12, 1990. Mobil plans to meet with EPA July 3 to point out errors in the complaint.

SECOND HALF WORK TO BOOST 1991 DRILLING IN THE U.S.

Jul 29, 1991 G. Alan Petzet Exploration Editor U.S. well completions in 1991 will increase about 8% compared with 1990 if operators stick with present spending plans during the second half. Operators are expected to realize $76.4 billion in wellhead revenues this year, 10.7% less than the 1990 estimate. However, they are expected to invest a larger share of those revenues in drilling this year than they did in 1990. With less than half the year remaining, here is Oil & Gas Journal's updated look at

U.S. TAX CREDITS SPURRING COAL SEAM, TIGHT SANDS BOOM AMID CONTROVERSY

Oct 14, 1991 A.D. Koen Gulf Coast News Editor Federal tax credits have sparked a boom in U.S. drilling for gas contained in coal seams and tight sands. Some analysts say drilling for unconventional nonassociated gas accounted for as much as one third of all U.S. gas wells drilled in 1990. Production of unconventional gas is leaping, and this source is providing the biggest share of net gas reserves growth in the U.S. With the recent expansion of federal tax credits beyond coal seam gas to include tight

WYOMING WINTER DRILLING PROGRAM BEARS FRUIT

Jan 13, 1992 Celsius Energy Co., Salt Lake City, has completed an Upper Cretaceous Almond (Mesaverde) gas discovery on the Mulligan Draw federal exploratory unit in the Washakie basin. The 4 Mulligan Draw Unit, in 33-16n-95w, Sweetwater County, 25 miles south-southwest of Wamsutter, flowed at the rate of 400 Mcfd of gas from the zone at about 12,800 ft. A frac job is scheduled for early this year. The company is evaluating preliminary results of the discovery, which could significantly extend the size of

U.S. DRILLING RECOVERY POSSIBLE AS OIL PRICES FIRM

Jul 27, 1992 G. Alan Petzet Exploration Editor Steady oil prices raise hopes for a second half recovery from record low drilling levels in the U.S. earlier in the year. Natural gas prices firmed this spring after a dismal low in February and were strong in July. Gas drilling is picking up in anticipation of expiration at yearend of federal tax credits for production from low permeability reservoirs. Oil & Gas Journal reckons wellhead revenues will total $77.8 billion for the year, 5% more than in 1991.

HERE ARE POINTS TO REMEMBER WHEN EXPLORING NIOBRARA IN THE ROCKIES

Aug 17, 1992 Richard A. Harnett Consulting geologist Tulsa The Niobrara formation in the central Rocky Mountain region has been written about at length by several authors, most recently concerning Silo field near Cheyenne, Wyo. The Niobrara has proven an enigma to many explorationists, because while the promise is great (individual wells with cumulative production in excess of 1 million bbl), many times the results have been disappointing. What follow are a few observations and concepts that may help start

INDEPENDENTS TEAM UP TO BUY U.S. PRODUCTION

Sep 14, 1992 The quality and quantity of producing oil and gas properties for sale in the U.S. is encouraging the formation of acquisition joint ventures. Among recent announcements: Coda Energy Inc., Dallas, and an undisclosed investment banking company are creating a $750 million acquisitions joint venture to include $250 million in equity capital and $500 million in bank financing. Members of Houston's Cockrell family and GKH Partners LP, Chicago, effective Sept. I formed Cockrell Oil & Gas LP, an

COALBED GAS-2 VAST RESOURCE POTENTIAL EXISTS IN MANY COUNTRIES

Nov 2, 1992 Jonathan R. Kelafant, Scott H. Stevens, Charles M. Boyer II Advanced Resources International Arlington, Va. Global coalbed gas resources are significant and provide an excellent exploration and production target. In many countries, these resources dwarf the conventional gas potential and may be the only significant hydrocarbon present. However, the diverse geographic, geologic, and reservoir conditions of coalbeds will require an extensive exploration phase and subsequent adaptation of U.S.

OGJ NEWSLETTER

Dec 14, 1992 OPEC's lack of decisive action and U.S. refinery utilization at nearly 90% is keeping U.S. crude and products futures prices on the skids. Nymex light sweet crude for January delivery dipped to $18.84/bbl Dec. 9, the lowest level since March 12, when the near term contract settled at $18.83/bbl. "Until OPEC does something that people see as credible or the refiners do something in the way of crude runs, this market isn't going to go up," AP quoted Fred Brill at Pegasus Econometric as

INDUSTRY BRIEFS

Dec 28, 1992 TRANSCO ENERGY CO. will seek Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approval to restructure its gas marketing businesses into a single organization. Transco Gas Marketing Co. (TGMC) would handle certificated sales currently made by Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Corp. (TGPL) and Texas Gas Transmission Corp. units and uncertificated services offered by Transco Energy Marketing Co. and TXG Gas Marketing Co. TGMC would provide TGPL and Texas Gas systems merchant service under FERC Order 636 and

INDUSTRY BRIEFS

May 24, 1993 SHELL INTERNATIONAL MARINE LTD. proposes to restructure its European deep sea tanker operations under one company operating from London. Shell currently operates 42 tankers in four fleets based in the U.K., Netherlands, Germany, and France. Plans to reduce the number of tankers to 30 by 1997 were presented in a 1991 review of fleet operations. Most will be sold as operational vessels. Fewer than 100 shore jobs would be cut. Shell hopes to form the new company in early 1994.

INDUSTRY BRIEFS

May 31, 1993 ENRON STORAGE CO., a unit of Enron Corp., expects by Dec. 1 to complete a project allowing it to begin offering 4 bcf of working gas capacity at Napoleonville storage site in Assumption Parish, La. Plans include installing 5,200 hp of compression at two salt caverns to withdraw as much as 400 MMcfd or inject 200 MMcfd. Enron by 1998 expects to add 7 bcf of working gas capacity with a third Napoleonville storage cavern capable of withdrawing 600 MMcfd or injecting 300 MMcfd.

EXPLORATION FOP COALBED METHANE GAINS MOMENTUM IN UINTA BASIN

May 31, 1993 Robert W. Gloyn, Steven N. Sommer Utah Geological Survey Salt Lake City Exploration and development of coalbed methane has occurred in several U.S. basins since the late 1970s. The industry is now recognizing the tremendous potential of Utah, which recently joined the ranks of coalbed methane producing states.

WORLD GAS PROCESSING, SULFUR-RECOVERY CAPACITIES STILL GROWING

Jul 12, 1993 Warren R. True Pipeline/Gas Processing Editor The world's natural-gas processing industry continued to grow in 1992. Gas-plant capacities, volumes of gas the plants actually processed, and volumes of NGLs the plants produced all increased last year. The U.S. and Canada continued to lead the rest of the world in gas-processing capacity--more than 97.5 bcfd, throughput--nearly 65 bcfd, and production--more than 2 million b/d. The two countries also continued to lead the world in

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