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  • Unconventional Oil & Gas

    Shale plays first come to mind when one considers unconventional resources. These unconventional resource plays may yield natural gas, gas condensates, and crude oil. Some of the more noteworthy shale plays in North America include the Bakken, Eagle Ford, Marcellus, Fayetteville, Woodford, Niobrara, Haynesville, Horn River, and Utica formations. Tight gas, coalbed methane, oil sands, and heavy oil are non-shale unconventional resources.

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    Barnett Shale News

    Pioneer closes sale of Barnett shale assets

    Pioneer Natural Resources Co. has closed the sale of its Barnett shale assets in North Texas to an undisclosed private party for cash proceeds of $...

    Vantage postpones IPO

    Vantage Energy Inc., which focuses on the Marcellus and Barnett shale plays, has postponed its previously announced initial public offering.

    Basic acquires Pioneer Fishing and Rental

    Basic Energy Services Inc. has completed the acquisition of substantially all of the assets of Pioneer Fishing and Rental (PFR), a division of Pion...

    PXD sells Hugoton, Barnett assets for $495M

    Working to redeploy capital to its oily Sprayberry and Wolfcamp assets in the Permian Basin, Dallas-based Pioneer Natural Resources Co. has agreed ...

    Denton city council rejects partial ban on hydraulic fracturing

    Denton, Texas, city council members have rejected a bid that would have made it the first city in the state to ban further permitting of hydraulic ...

    ConocoPhillips CEO on shale boom: We've only scratched the surface

    Technology innovation has expanded the world’s energy resource base and the oil and gas industry will continue to working to supply that growth, said ConocoPhillips (NYSE:COP) chairman and CEO Ryan Lance.

    ©2014 Michael Stravato. Provided courtesy of the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy, Rice University.

    Read the full article here. 


    US tight oil production averaged 3.22 day MMbbl/d in 4Q13, according to US EIA estimates. This level was enough to push overall crude oil production in the US to an average of 7.84 MMbbl/d, more than 10% of total world production, up from 9% in the fourth quarter of 2012. Read more here

    Can the shale gas rBart Willigers, Palantir Solutions Ltd. evolution currently taking place in the US be repeated elsewhere? Although significant volumes of unconventional gas deposits are present in Poland, France, Germany, Hungary, Sweden, Turkey, and the UK, shale gas developments are running many years behind their counterparts in the US. Skeptics have pointed out that differences in geology, taxes, public acceptance, environmental regulations and other factors in Europe vs. the US make for a tougher environment in which to develop unconventional resources. 

    Read the article by Bart J. A. Willigers of Palantir Solutions Ltd. here