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

ANOTHER DAKOTA OIL STRIKE HAILED IN WYOMING

Feb 12, 1990 John McCaslin Exploration Editor Oil discoveries in the Greater Green River basin of Wyoming have been few and far between in recent years. But the new strikes have for the most part all been major finds.

GAS TRANSPORTATION ACTION KEEPS GAINING MOMENTUM IN U.S. WEST

Feb 26, 1990 Gas transportation activity in the U.S. West continues to heat. Three companies have teamed up to lay a $100 million, 300 mile pipeline in Colorado to move Rocky Mountain gas to California and Midwest markets. The venture, TransColorado Gas Transmission, plans to lay the line from the Piceance basin northeast of Grand Junction, Colo., to Ignacio in Southwest Colorado. The line would connect with existing interstate lines from Texas to southern California and the Midwest. The TransColorado

DEVELOPMENT ECLIPSING EXPLORATION ONSHORE

Jun 4, 1990 G. Alan Petzet Exploration Editor Federal tax credits and horizontal drilling technology are fueling a large slice of onshore development in the U.S. So many profitable development prospects are available that exploratory drilling has sunk to the lowest level in recent years in many areas. Total drilling is picking up a little from 1989. The number of drilling permits issued in March rose 11.1% from February 1990, with the biggest increases in California and Texas. The first quarter figure,

UTAH THRUSTS GETTING DEEP LOOKS

Jun 4, 1990 G. Alan Petzet Exploration Editor Summit County, Utah, will always be remembered as the site of the Pineview field discovery well, which opened production in the U.S. portion of the Rocky Mountain Overthrust Belt in late 1974. Now, 15 years later, Exxon Co. U.S.A. is conducting deep exploration of complex geology in and near Pineview field in Summit County. Exxon and Equity Oil Co., Salt Lake City, plan to spud late this month or early in July at 2-7 Bingham, a proposed 12,500 ft geological

FRACTURING TECHNIQUES DEPEND ON COAL SEAM CHARACTERISTICS

Jul 23, 1990 John W. Ely Stephen A. Holditch S.A. Holditch & Associates Inc. College Station, Tex. Varying formation properties in coal seams creates the need for variable completion practices for optimum methane production. One primary concept in successful coal seam fracturing requires interconnecting the cleat system to the well bore. This interconnection is similar to interconnecting natural fractures to the well bore in conventional reservoirs.

GAIN EXPECTED IN 1990 U.S. WELL COMPLETIONS

Jul 30, 1990 G. Alan Petzet Exploration Editor U.S. well completions in 1990 will reach their highest level since 1987 unless balky crude prices or some unseen factor undermine second half spending.

JOINT EXPLORATION RESEARCH HELPING CUT COSTS

Aug 13, 1990 G. Alan Petzet Exploration Editor Oil and gas operators and service companies are participating in several cooperative exploration research projects. Advantages to joint research include accomplishing more goals with constrained budgets, reducing duplication of effort, and cutting finding costs. Conoco Inc. is serving as contractor for an Enhanced Exploration Research Project that started up in the field in July at its borehole test facility near Ponca City, Okla.

WESTERN U.S. PIPELINES-1 TWO SYSTEMS WILL CHANGE PATTERNS FOR REGION'S GAS MOVEMENT

Oct 1, 1990 Warren R. True Pipeline/Gas Processing Editor Gas-movement patterns for the U.S. west of the Rocky Mountains are in the middle of historic changes. Last month, Questar Pipeline Co. commissioned its north-south crossover. In July, Questar Pipeline and two partners proposed the TransColorado pipeline, also oriented north and south. This latter is specifically intended to move curtailed volumes of western Colorado gas south to Blanco, N.M.

WESTERN U.S. PIPELINES-CONCLUSION TWO HUBS EVOLVE TO PLAY MAJOR ROLES IN GAS MOVEMENTS

Oct 8, 1990 Warren R. True Pipeline/Gas Processing Editor Two gas-pipeline hubs west of the U.S. Rocky Mountains are undergoing rapid development as major shipping points for current and future gas volumes from the area. These hubs anchor major transportation systems moving gas both north and South along existing or planned large pipeline systems or east and west along expanding major systems.

PATRICK DRAW FIELD, WYOMING - 1 SEISMIC EXPRESSION OF SUBTLE STRAT TRAP IN UPPER CRETACEOUS ALMOND

Dec 17, 1990 Robert T. Ryder U.S. Geological Survey Reston, Va. Myung W. Lee Warren F. Agena U.S. Geological Survey Denver Robert C. Anderson Berrong Enterprises Ltd. Golden, Colo. The east flank of the Rock Springs uplift and the adjacent Wamsutter arch contain several large hydrocarbon accumulations. Among these accumulations are Patrick Draw field, which produces oil and gas from a stratigraphic trap in the Upper Cretaceous Almond formation 1 2 3 and Table Rock field, a faulted anticlinal trap that

NEW LINE LINKS QUESTAR PIPELINE SEGMENTS, ENHANCES SUPPLY BALANCE

Jan 7, 1991 Gerald F. Mouser Questar Pipeline Co. Rock Springs, Wyo., Questar Pipeline Co., Salt Lake City, completed an 81-mile, 20-in. pipeline interconnect last summer between its southern and northern transmission systems in northeastern Utah. It was placed in service in September 1990. In addition to connecting extensive and formerly separate segments of the system, the connection has significance for larger gas-movement patterns west of the U.S. Rocky Mountains, as has been earlier described (OGJ,

CIG SCHEDULES UTAH-COLORADO GAS PIPELINE

Feb 18, 1991 Colorado Interstate Gas Co. has applied to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to lay 223 miles of 20 in. pipeline from eastern Utah through Northwest Colorado to its main system in Southwest Wyoming. The proposed $85 million pipeline will enable CIG to move 178 MMcfd of gas from fields in Utah and Colorado to its existing system in Wyoming and on to the Colorado Front Range area and other pipelines. Connections will provide service to the Midwest and California.

FRONTIERS, MATURE AREAS SHARE ONSHORE SPOTLIGHT IN LOWER 48

Apr 8, 1991 G. Alan Petzet Exploration Editor Onshore exploration in the Lower 48 east of California is busy in frontier as well as mature areas. And the action isn't confined to high-visibility horizontal and coalbed methane drilling, important as they have become to activity levels and reserves additions. Here are some highlights: The first regional seismic line, complete with geological interpretation, of the planned 16,000 line mile Megaregional Project designed to cover the entire contiguous U.S.

MOST U.S. COAL SEAM GAS WELLS DRILLED IN '90

May 20, 1991 More than half of all U.S. coalbed methane wells were drilled in 1990. Last year's flurry of coalbed drilling stemmed from an effort to beat the then impending Jan. 1, 1991, deadline of the federal Section 29 tax credit. The tax credit since has been renewed. The pace of activity put a strain on the industry's infrastructure. As a result, less than half of U.S. coalbed methane wells are producing. Those are among the key findings of a study by consultants Ammonite Resources, New

U.S. HORIZONTAL DRILLING ACTION STILL SPREADING

May 20, 1991 The U.S. campaign to drill horizontal and high angle wells continues to spread to new horizons, fields, and basins. Among recent action are projects planned or under way in Mississippi, Kentucky, Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, North Dakota, and California. All horizontal locations are exploratory wells unless indicated otherwise. Coho Resources Inc., Houston, completed the first horizontal well in Soso field, Jasper County, Miss.

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