• 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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    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.

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    Niobrara Shale News

    Bonanza Creek

    Dec 12, 2013

    Since its entry into the public markets in December 2011, Bonanza Creek Energy Inc.'s (NYSE: BCEI) shares have appreciated almost 350%.

    Bill Barrett closes in on Niobrara focus with West Tavaputs sale

    Dec 12, 2013

    Narrowing the focus of its portfolio, Bill Barrett Corp. (NYSE: BBG) has closed on its previously announced sale of the West Tavaputs natural gas property located in the Uinta Basin, Utah to affiliates of EnerVest Ltd. for a total adjusted transaction value of $369 million

    PDC Energy to spend $469M on Wattenberg in 2014

    Dec 10, 2013

    PDC Energy Inc. (Nasdaq:PDCE) plans to spend the majority of its 2014 capital budget on organic growth in its core operations in the liquid-rich Wattenberg Field of Colorado, including the horizontal Niobrara and Codell plays, the company noted December 10.

    Entek Energy acquires additional Niobrara assets

    Dec 9, 2013

    Entek Energy Ltd. (ASX: ETE) has acquired all of the remaining jointly held Niobrara assets within Colorado and Wyoming from a former partner, covering the Niobrara oil resource play.

    Recovery Energy changes name to Lilis Energy

    Nov 27, 2013

    Recovery Energy Inc. is changing its corporate name to Lilis Energy Inc. The company's new ticker symbol will be LLEX, trading on NASDAQ, and is scheduled to take effect on Dec. 2.

    Noble Energy closes on acreage exchange in DJ Basin

    Oct 22, 2013

    Noble Energy Inc. has closed on an acreage exchange with Anadarko Petroleum Corp. in the greater Wattenberg area of northern Colorado. Each party contributed approximately 50,000 net acres to the exchange. The effective date of the transaction was Jan. 1, 2013.

    EE3 completes record Niobrara well in North Park Basin

    Oct 15, 2013

    EE3 LLC, an independent oil and gas exploration and production company headquartered in Boulder, Colorado, has noted the highest reported 24-hour initial production rate of a horizontal Niobrara well drilled in the North Park Basin.

    Synergy Resources continues mini Wattenberg Field land grab

    Sep 18, 2013

    Inergy, Enserco form crude oil rail terminal JV in Niobrara

    Sep 4, 2013

    Inergy Midstream LP (NYSE:NRGM) and Enserco Midstream LLC have formed a joint venture to own and operate a crude oil rail terminal located in Douglas County, Wyoming.

    Bridger ranked as fourth fastest-growing private company

    Aug 22, 2013

    Bridger LLC has been ranked by Inc. Magazine as the fourth fastest-growing private company in its 2013 Inc. 500 List. Bridger has grown over 26,000 percent in a three-year period and has the highest revenue of any company on the Inc. 500 List.

    Meritage Midstream acquires Thunder Creek Gas Services from Devon, PVR Partners

    Aug 22, 2013

    Meritage Midstream Services II LLC has acquired 100% ownership of Thunder Creek Gas Services LLC from Devon Energy Corp. (NYSE: DVN) and PVR Partners LP (NYSE: PVR). 

    Summit Midstream Partners name new board member

    Aug 15, 2013

    Summit Midstream Partners LP has appointed Robert Wohleber to the board of directors of SMLP's general partner. Wohleber was appointed to the board on August 5, and will serve as a member of the board's conflicts committee, compensation committee and audit committee.

    SM Energy presses ahead in Powder River Basin with addition of 30K acres

    Aug 13, 2013

    SM Energy Co. (NYSE: SM) increased its footprint in the Powder River Basin by an additional 30,000 acres, the company said August 12. The acreage, acquired in Q313, brings the Denver, CO-based oil and natural gas company’s total Powder River Basin acreage to roughly 140,000 net acres.


    Companies evaluating Niobrara's potential

    Aug 5, 2013

    The Niobrara formation, sometimes called the Niobrara Chalk, has emerged as the second-hottest liquids-rich play in the Rockies after the Bakken shale.

    Crestwood Midstream Partners completes Niobrara JV acquisition

    Jul 23, 2013

    Crestwood Midstream Partners LP and the owner of its general partner, Inergy LP have announced that Crestwood's subsidiary, Crestwood Niobrara LLC has completed the acquisition of a 50% interest in Jackalope Gas Gathering Services LLC from RKI Exploration & Production LLC for a total cash consideration of $107.5 million.   

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