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

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.

OGJ Newsletters

Jul 13, 2009

Produced-water VOC, HAP emissions concern Rocky Mountain regulators

Jul 6, 2009 Increasing volatile organic compound and hazardous air pollutant emissions from a growing number of private and commercial produced-water surface disposal facilities, using evaporation ponds, are raising regulatory and public concerns in the Western US. Various studies have identified VOC emissions as contributors to ground-level ozone formation.

Shale plays push up US gas resource estimate

Jul 6, 2009 Reevaluation of shale plays has pushed the Potential Gas Committee’s assessment of the US natural gas resource to its highest level ever.

Special Report: Global processing capacity trails advances in production

Jun 22, 2009 Global gas processing activity in 2008 remained flat, despite gains in global natural gas production.

EnCana banking heavily on unconventional gas, oil

Jun 15, 2009 Unconventional gas and oil plays represent the future for EnCana Corp. and the North American oil and gas industry, EnCana said May 27.

Special Report: Simultaneous operations develop Piceance tight gas

Jun 8, 2009 Williams Exploration & Production in recent years has changed the way it is developing the tight gas sands in the Piceance basin of Western Colorado.

Producers wary as Colorado oil, gas rules become law

May 11, 2009 Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter Jr. said that new oil and gas regulations would allow the industry to grow in a sustainable way compatible with the state’s economy as he signed them into law on Apr. 22.

OGJ Newsletter

May 11, 2009

Peru inks 13 exploration agreements with IOCs

May 4, 2009 Peru’s state-owned Perupetro, recovering from earlier scandals connected with the awarding of exploration licenses, has signed 13 new contracts valued at $650 million with international oil companies.

USGS updates Piceance basin oil shale assessments

Apr 27, 2009 The US Geological Survey said western Colorado’s Piceance basin has an estimated 1.525 trillion bbl of in-place oil shale.

Special Report: Survey notes project delays, cancellations

Apr 6, 2009 Oil & Gas Journal’s semiannual Worldwide Construction Update shows a decline in construction activity compared with the previous edition of the report (OGJ, Nov. 17, 2008, p. 24).

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