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

Shale plays send PGC’s US gas resources estimates higher

Sep 24, 2007 Shale gas plays in four US Midcontinent basins provided most of the impetus as estimated US natural gas resources grew dramatically from the end of 2004 to the end of 2006, the Potential Gas Committee said in its latest biennial report.

UNCONVENTIONAL GAS-2: Resource potential estimates likely to change

Sep 17, 2007 Understanding of the unconventional-gas resource base has improved in the past decade, but many unknowns remain.

OGJ Newsletter

Sep 3, 2007

UNCONVENTIONAL GAS-1: Reserves, production grew greatly during last decade

Sep 3, 2007 From an emerging resource 1 decade ago, and a mostly overlooked resource 2 decades ago, unconventional gas is now a core business of many large independent producers and a growing number of the major oil and gas companies.

OGJ Newsletter

Jul 23, 2007

SPECIAL REPORT: Upstream production capacities to advance in many countries

Jul 23, 2007 Many oil and gas projects are set to come on stream in the next few years and help meet expected increases in the world’s energy demands.

Issues cloud CO2 transport

Jun 25, 2007 Research by several US Department of Energy Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnerships has a goal of safe, cost-effective, and long-term carbon management, mitigation, and storage.

New, larger bore CT drilling beyond 7,000 ft

Jun 25, 2007 New coiled-tubing rigs are drilling to record depths, with larger diameter strings and top drives capable of holding 200,000-lb hook loads.

IPAMS: Environmentalists nationwide target Roan Plateau

Jun 25, 2007 Much of the opposition to drilling on part of the Roan Plateau in western Colorado comes from out-of-state environmental groups, said the Independent Petroleum Association of Mountain States (IPAMS) and the Colorado Oil & Gas Association (COGA).

BLM authorizes natural gas wells on Colorado’s Roan Plateau

Jun 18, 2007 The US Bureau of Land Management authorized the drilling of as many as 1,570 natural gas wells over 20 years on part of the Roan Plateau in western Colorado.

COMPANY NEWS: Dominion sells assets in deals totaling $6.5 billion

Jun 11, 2007 Loews Corp. and XTO Energy Inc. agreed to buy certain oil and natural gas producing properties in two separate deals from Dominion Resources Inc. for a total of $6.5 billion.

Chromatograph, equation yield usable field dewpoint prediction

May 28, 2007 Pipelines can use gas-chromatograph analysis in conjunction with an equation of state to predict hydrocarbon dewpoint in the field.

Area Drilling

May 28, 2007

Kerr-McGee, EPA settle Rockies air pollution allegations

May 28, 2007 Kerr-McGee Corp. agreed to spend $18 million on pollution controls and pay a $200,000 fine in a comprehensive settlement covering operations in Colorado and Utah, the US Environmental Protection Agency said on May 17.

OGJ Newsletter

Apr 16, 2007

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