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

OGJ Newsletter

Mar 8, 2010

Firms realign Permian, Midcontinent segments

Mar 1, 2010

Occidental Petroleum Corp. and Apache Corp. separately realigned Permian basin and Midcontinent business units as of 2010.


Feb 22, 2010

OGJ Newsletter

Dec 7, 2009

Special Report: Construction survey shows delay in completion dates

Nov 16, 2009 Oil & Gas Journal's semiannual Worldwide Construction Update shows a decline in construction activity compared with the previous edition of the update (OGJ, Apr. 6, 2009, p. 22).

Oil shale adds to energy mix

Nov 9, 2009 Oil shale has potential for supplying fuels for many decades, although numerous attempts during the last 100 years have led to only a few commercial projects.

OGJ Newsletter

Nov 9, 2009


Oct 19, 2009 Boulogne-Billancourt, France, has agreed to acquire Dubai-based DPAL FZCO from the Soconord Group.

New plays emerge, although environmental issues arise

Oct 19, 2009 New shale plays continue to emerge in North America and elsewhere, but issues related to the environment and land will affect commercial shale development.

Study places CO2 capture cost between $34 and $61/ton

Oct 12, 2009 Technologies in development for capturing CO2 have an estimated cost between $34 and $61/ton of CO2 captured, with specific costs both site and technology specific.

BLM begins scoping period for EOG Uinta gas project

Sep 21, 2009 A 30-day public scoping period for a large natural gas infill project proposed by EOG Resources Inc., Houston, in eastern Utah began on Sept. 9, the US Bureau of Land Management's Vernal, Utah, field office announced.

Regional supply competition pressures US natural gas prices

Sep 7, 2009 Gas-on-gas supply competition is accelerating in the US gulf region and competition with Rocky Mountain natural gas supplies on the Rockies Express pipeline will only accelerate this process, leading to lower overall gas prices for quite some time.

OGJ Newsletter

Sep 7, 2009

Special Report: Project start, completion dates become less definite

Aug 10, 2009 Many oil and gas development projects remain on schedule, but companies also have deferred many projects so that start-up and completion dates have become less certain.

Watching Government: Uinta basin’s air assessed

Aug 10, 2009 A new air quality study of eastern Utah’s Uinta basin was released on July 31, not by a government agency or academic researchers but by the Independent Petroleum Association of Mountain States.

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