• 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.


    Eagle Ford | Marcellus | Cline | Permian | Utica | Bakken | Woodbine & Eaglebine


    Niobrara Shale Description ImageThe Niobrara shale formation is situated in northeastern Colorado and parts of adjacent Wyoming, Nebraska, and Kansas. Primarily an oil play, it is in the Denver-Julesburg Basin, which has long been a major oil and gas province. An emerging play, the Niobrara is in its early stages and companies have been busy leasing land for future drilling. It has been compared by some to the Bakken shale formation farther to the north.

    Samson Oil & Gas is one of the earliest companies to establish a position in the Niobrara, which some call the “NeoBakken.” Other operators include EOG Resources, Anadarko Petroleum, SM Energy, Noble Energy, Chesapeake Energy, Whiting Petroleum, Quicksilver Resources, MDU Resources, and Bill Barrett Corp. Chesapeake and EOG each have about 400,000 net acres in the Niobrara.

    Niobrara Shale Map

    Niobrara Shale News

    GCA: Falling oil price to have uneven effect on US unconventional plays

    Nov 11, 2014

    Falling oil prices will have an uneven effect across US unconventional plays based on the qualities of reservoirs within any given play, Gaffney Cline & Associates said in a recent report, noting there exists a complex relationship between the pace of shale production and falling futures prices for light, sweet crude oil.

    Magellan proceeds with Saddlehorn Pipeline, extends open season

    Nov 3, 2014

    Magellan Midstream Partners LP plans to proceed with the Saddlehorn Pipeline to transport various grades of crude oil from the Niobrara play in northeast Colorado to Magellan's storage facilities in Cushing, Oklahoma.

    Open season for Saddlehorn Pipeline continues through Nov. 6

    Oct 30, 2014

    Magellan Midstream Partners LP and Saddle Butte Pipeline II LLC have entered into a letter of intent to jointly pursue the proposed Saddlehorn Pipeline to transport various grades of crude oil from the Niobrara shale to Magellan's storage facilities in Cushing, Oklahoma.

    Magellan extends open season for proposed Saddlehorn pipeline

    Oct 22, 2014

    Magellan Midstream Partners LP has extended the open season for commitments on the proposed Saddlehorn pipeline to transport various grades of crude oil from the Niobrara shale to the partnership's storage facilities in Cushing, Oklahoma.

    Baker Hughes reports well count for third quarter of this year

    Oct 13, 2014

    Baker Hughes Inc. reports that the US onshore well count for the third quarter of 2014 was 9,566 wells, up 110 wells or 1% compared to the second quarter of 2014. Compared to the third quarter of 2013, the well count was up 491 wells or 5%.

    Niobrara crude production takes off

    Oct 2, 2014

    Crude production from the DJ and Powder River Basin plays in the Niobrara shale in Colorado and Wyoming is up 260% to 361 Mb/d since January 2012 and is expected to double again by the end of 2019. Takeaway capacity is expanding but is complicated by crude streams travelling through the region from Canada and North Dakota. Here, a look at recent and planned expansions to Niobrara takeaway capacity.

    Tallgrass Pony Express plans pipeline system expansion

    Sep 26, 2014

    Tallgrass Pony Express Pipeline LLC is pursuing a potential expansion of its crude oil pipeline system to transport growing production in areas around its existing system receipt points.

    Magellan launches open season for Niobrara pipeline to Cushing

    Sep 24, 2014

    Magellan Midstream Partners LP has launched an open season to assess customer interest to transport various grades of crude oil from the Niobrara shale to the partnership's storage facilities in Cushing, Oklahoma.

    ONEOK to construct NG processing facilities in North Dakota and Wyoming

    Sep 22, 2014

    ONEOK Partners LP plans to build a new natural gas processing facility – the Bear Creek plant – and related infrastructure in Dunn County, North Dakota, which will process natural gas produced from the Bakken shale play in the Williston Basin. The company also plans to construct a new natural gas processing facility – the Bronco plant – and related infrastructure in Campbell County, Wyoming.

    Bill Barrett signs $757M divestiture deal

    Sep 17, 2014

    In what one analyst called a game-changing event, Bill Barrett Corp. has signed agreements for $757 million in divestitures that comprised of a combination of cash, added Niobrara properties, and reduced liabilities, setting the company up as a majority oil-weighted company poised to focus its efforts on its DJ Basin assets.

    WPX forms JV with TRDC to develop Trail Ridge properties

    Aug 27, 2014

    WPX Energy has closed an agreement to jointly develop its Trail Ridge properties with TRDC LLC, a subsidiary of Houston-based G2X Energy. The Trail Ridge development is part of WPX’s position in western Colorado’s Piceance Basin Highlands. 

    Intervale Capital acquires Recapture Solutions

    Aug 19, 2014

    Intervale Capital has acquired Recapture Solutions LLC from Triten Corp. 

    Chesapeake, RKI swap Powder River Basin assets

    Jul 29, 2014

    SDOGA names Martin as executive director

    Jun 30, 2014

    The South Dakota Oil and Gas Association has named Adam Martin as executive director for the organization. 

    Lilis Energy regains NASDAQ compliance

    Jun 20, 2014

    Lilis Energy Inc. has been informed by the NASDAQ Stock Market that, based on the June 11 and 17 filings of the company's Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2013, and Form 10-Q for the period ended March 31, 2014, respectively, that the company complies with the periodic filing requirement of Rule 5250(c)(1).

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