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

Shale gas changes N. American gas production projections

Jul 1, 2010 Estimates of ultimate gas recovery from shales have changed the outlook for gas production in the US and Canada.

MARKET WATCH: Crude oil prices continue to increase

Jun 10, 2010

The crude oil market expanded its recovery June 9 in the New York as the dollar weakened and China’s exports were reported to increase 48.5% in May from the same period in 2009.

MARKET WATCH: Crude manages small gain despite economic worries

May 25, 2010

The front-month July crude contract managed a small gain May 24 in the New York market despite a 1.4% strengthening of the US dollar and a continued drop in the Dow Jones Industrial Average as the danger of a military confrontation between North and South Korea was added to worries of an economic meltdown in Europe.

Well tests near in western Idaho's Boise basin

May 3, 2010 Calgary independents Bridge Resources Corp. and Paramax Resources Ltd. have completed a third indicated discovery in western Idaho's nonproducing Boise basin and expect to start completion of the first well in May.

Michigan basin Utica shale gas play may ignite

Apr 5, 2010 A play for natural gas in Upper Ordovician Utica shale may be nearly ready to sprout wings in the northern Michigan basin.

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Mar 1, 2010

New York Herkimer sand gas play to expand

Feb 15, 2010 Norse Energy Corp. ASA, Oslo, has identified 300 locations on seismic that could be prospective for gas in fractured Silurian Herkimer sandstone in central New York state.

Special Report: Canada looks to shales for boost to gas supply

Dec 14, 2009 Natural gas from shale formations represents a potentially crucial source of supply growth in Canada, where production from conventional reservoirs is declining in a trend likely to continue.

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.

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Sep 7, 2009

Mexico, Brazil, Norway upstream readiness weighed

Aug 10, 2009 The Mexican Competitiveness Institute, known by its acronym IMCO, released in mid-July its 2009 report on the state of the Mexican economy.

Uruguay to review offers for two blocks

Jul 20, 2009 Uruguay’s Ancap has 180 days to review bids made for two offshore blocks in the country’s first licensing round.

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.

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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.

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