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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Piceance/Uinta News

Uinta due $200 million oil shale joint venture

Apr 20, 2012

French, Canadian, and private US companies are set to launch a $200 million joint venture to develop oil shale in the Uinta basin of Utah.

BLM seeks comments on Kokopelli pipeline's revised second phase

Apr 10, 2012

The US Bureau of Land Management is seeking public comments on a revised natural gas pipeline proposal south of Rifle, Colo.

Colorado: BLM asks comment on Gunnison draft EA

Mar 28, 2012

The US Bureau of Land Management’s Uncompahgre field office in Montrose, Colo., released a draft environmental assessment on a master development plan for a proposed natural gas exploration project in northwestern Gunnison County, Colo., north of the Paonia Reservoir State Park on Mar. 23.

BLM releases final EIS for Uinta basin gas project

Mar 21, 2012

The US Bureau of Land Management’s Vernal, Utah, field office released the final environmental impact statement for Gasco Energy Inc.’s Uinta Basin natural gas project for 30 days beginning Mar. 16.

Colorado: Bopco proposes Piceance treatment plant

Feb 13, 2012

The US Bureau of Land Management is seeking public comments on a proposed water treatment plant west of Meeker, Colo., to treat produced water from oil and gas activity in the Piceance Basin and discharge it into Yellow Creek.

Colorado: Dejour details Piceance Kokopelli project

Jan 26, 2012

Dejour Energy (USA) Corp., Denver, said estimated ultimate recovery at its Kokopelli gas development project in the Piceance basin is expected to be 1.125 bcf/well of wet gas generating a sales stream of .98 bcf of dry gas plus 90,000 bbl of natural gas liquids and condensate.

Newfield projects Uinta crude oil sales to Tesoro

Dec 16, 2011

Newfield Exploration Co. has signed an agreement to supply 18,000 b/d of crude oil from its Uinta basin fields to Tesoro Corp.’s 60,000 b/d Salt Lake City, Utah, refinery.

Encana to sell Cutbank Ridge gas plants

Dec 8, 2011

Encana Corp. agreed to sell two natural gas processing plants and associated pipelines in the Cutbank Ridge area of western Canada to Veresen Inc., Calgary, for $920 billion (Can.).

Ryckman Creek lets contract for Opal gas storage project

Nov 23, 2011

Ryckman Creek Resources LLC, a subsidiary of Peregrine Midstream Partners LLC, let a contract for the project management support of the 35-bcf Ryckman Creek natural gas storage facility to Foster Wheeler Upstream.

Uinta Uteland Butte, Mahogany zones yield oil

Nov 3, 2011

Bill Barrett Corp., Denver, is adding oil production in the Uinta basin from the Uteland Butte and shallower Mahogany members of the Eocene Green River formation in its Blacktail Ridge and Lake Canyon areas.

Utah: BLM lists EA for Uinta exploration project

Oct 12, 2011

An environmental assessment for QEP Resources Inc.’s two-well oil exploration project in eastern Utah has been released for public comment, the US Bureau of Land Management’s Vernal, Utah, field office said. Comments will be accepted through Nov. 7.

Colorado: Dejour gets Gibson Gulch drilling OK

Oct 5, 2011

Dejour Energy Inc., Vancouver, BC, received US Bureau of Land Management approval to begin development at its Gibson Gulch gas-condensate project in the Piceance basin near Glenwood Springs, Colo.

Encana to sell Piceance basin midstream natural gas assets

Sep 7, 2011

Encana Corp. unit Encana Oil & Gas (USA) Inc. agreed to sell a portion of its Piceance natural gas midstream assets in Colorado to a private midstream company.

Utah: Berry developing multiple oil zones in Uinta

Aug 4, 2011

Berry Petroleum Co., Denver, estimated that its risked resource potential in the Uinta basin is 65 million bbl of oil equivalent excluding its proved developed reserves in the basin of 11 million boe.

EPP to expand Rockies NGL system

May 6, 2011

Enterprise Products Partners LP plans to expand the Rocky Mountain segment of its Mid-America Pipeline NGL system, adding as much as 85,000 b/d of incremental transportation capacity.

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