Utica Shale

Utica Shale Description ImageThe Utica shale formation is one of the newest natural gas discoveries in North America. It is located in New York state and the Canadian province of Quebec, along the St. Lawrence River Valley. Some geologists have suggested the gas-bearing formation extends as far south as Pennsylvania. The other major shale formation in this area is the better-known Marcellus shale.

Estimates of natural gas deposits in the formation range from a low of about 2 trillion cubic feet (tcf) to a high of 60 to 70 tcf. At this time, most companies active in the Utica shale are drilling exploratory wells on the Canadian side of the border because the state of New York has been reluctant to grant drilling permits to date. Some production rates have tested up to 1 million cubic feet per day.

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Utica Shale News

Quebec shales due tests after TBR yields gas

Jul 6, 2009 Talisman Energy Inc. plans to stimulate and test multiple shale intervals in the St. Edouard-1 exploration well in Quebec’s St. Lawrence Lowlands after the well tested gas from Ordovician Trenton-Black River.

OGJ Newsletter

Apr 20, 2009

Tullow finds more Uganda oil, nears award of Congo blocks

Apr 13, 2009 Tullow Oil PLC announced a new oil discovery in Uganda and also is negotiating with neighboring Congo (former Zaire) to reacquire exploration rights to two blocks there.

OGJ Newsletter

Mar 2, 2009

Discoveries boost output on Fell Block in Chile

Jan 19, 2009 GeoPark Holdings Ltd., Buenos Aires, said it is completing its $57 million 2008 capital program on the 440,000-acre Fell Block in southern Chile’s Austral basin.

Special Report: Integrity-verification methods support US efforts in pipeline safety

Dec 16, 2002 The US pipeline industry, undergoing significant changes because of revisions to safety regulations, has responded by developing standards, recommended practices, and guidelines that can be used by operators to develop, implement, and validate pipeline-integrity verification programs.

Direct assessment, data integration important in establishing pipeline integrity

Sep 2, 2002 Direct assessment (DA) can be effectively employed to assess pipeline integrity within the framework of an operator's overall integrity-management program (IMP).


Apr 15, 1991 NERCO INC. closed its $475 million purchase of Union Texas Petroleum Holdings Inc. leases in the Gulf of Mexico (OGJ, Mar. 18, p. 44). Upon closing, the U.S. offshore division of Union Texas became a division of Nerco Oil & Gas Inc., Vancouver, Wash. Union Texas said about 200 of its employees accepted jobs with Nerco. MURPHY OIL CORP. began an exchange offer for all outstanding common shares of Ocean Drilling & Exploration Co. it doesn't own. The offer of one-half share of Murphy common


Oct 8, 1990 Samuel T. Pees Consulting Petroleum Geologist Meadville, Pa. Jon S. Fox Samuel T. Pees & Associates Meadville, Pa. An approximate success rate of 30% in the Cambrian Rose Run formation along its subcrop belt beneath the Knox unconformity in Ohio has led to renewed interest in the Upper Cambrian beds in adjacent Northwest Pennsylvania. The Rose Run formation in Ohio equates to the Upper Sandy member of the Upper Cambrian Gatesburg formation in Pennsylvania. The main factors Pennsylvania


Oct 1, 1990 TRANSCO ENERGY VENTURES CO., Houston, acquired a majority interest in Tren-Fuels Inc., Austin, previously known as Natural Gas Co. of Texas. Tren-Fuels uses tank trucks to deliver compressed natural gas to fleet vehicles and plans to place as many as 15 more trucks into service by yearend 1991. TEMCA LIQUIDS CO., Houston. bought a 50% interest in the 500 MMcfd Cameron Meadows gas processing plant in Johnsons Bayou, La., from operator OXY USA Inc, for an undisclosed price. It was recently tied

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