• 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.

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    Niobrara Shale News

    Emerald Oil to sell Sand Wash Basin leases

    Jan 8, 2013

    Denver, CO-based Emerald Oil Inc. has executed an agreement to sell its interests in approximately 30,902 net mineral acres in the Sand Wash Basin to a private oil and gas company for approximately $10 million cash at $325 per acre.

    Quicksilver Resources, Shell close Niobrara Sand Wash Basin deal

    Jan 3, 2013

    Fort Worth, TX-based oil and gas company Quicksilver Resources Inc. has closed its previously-announced Sand Wash Basin acquisition and exploration agreement with SWEPI LP, a subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell plc.

    Emerald Oil names Veltri COO

    Dec 11, 2012

    Denver, CO-based oil exploration and production company Emerald Oil Inc. has appointed David Veltri as COO.

    Emerald Oil closes senior credit facility with Wells Fargo

    Nov 21, 2012

    Denver, CO-based independent oil and gas exploration and production company Emerald Oil Inc. has closed on a senior credit facility with Wells Fargo Bank NA.

    Eyeing the Niobrara, Recovery Energy makes executive appointments

    Nov 16, 2012

    Denver-based Recovery Energy Inc., an independent oil and gas exploration and production company with operations and assets in the Denver-Julesburg (DJ) Basin, has appointed W. Phillip Marcum to the position of chairman of the board and CEO and A. Bradley Gabbard to the position of president.

    Armada Oil enters deal with Anadarko subsidiary to develop Niobrara acreage

    Nov 10, 2012

    Armada Oil Inc., an emerging independent oil and gas company, has entered into an agreement with a wholly owned subsidiary of Anadarko Petroleum Corp., allowing Armada to broaden its flagship Niobrara project in Southern Wyoming.

    Orr Energy acquisition gives Synergy Resources bolt-on production in DJ Basin

    Oct 26, 2012

    Co-based Synergy Resources Corp., a US oil and gas exploration and production company focused on the Denver-Julesburg (D-J) Basin, has entered into a definitive agreement to purchase from Orr Energy 36 producing oil and gas wells in the Wattenberg Field of the Denver-Julesburg Basin. 

    Jefferies: Carrizo Oil & Gas Niobrara JV in line with expectations, Gulf Coast deal ‘underwhelming’

    Oct 4, 2012

    Carrizo Oil & Gas Inc. has entered into a Niobrara shale joint venture with two Delhi, India-based energy companies and has completed the sale of virtually all of its Gulf Coast assets.

    Quicksilver looks to unlock Niobrara oil reserves with Shell JV

    Sep 25, 2012

    Quicksilver Resources has signed a joint venture agreement with a unit of Shell in the Sandwash Basin of Northwest Colorado.

    Diverse unconventional resource plays characterize Western US

    Sep 1, 2012

    The most important Western US unconventional resource play not named Bakken is the Niobrara, which is found in various states, but most notably in the Denver-Julesburg basin in Colorado, Wyoming, and a small portion of western Nebraska.

    Niobrara has huge oil potential

    Aug 1, 2012

    The Niobrara geologic formation is an oil play in northeastern Colorado and parts of adjacent Wyoming, Nebraska, and Kansas.

    PDC Energy to acquire Core Wattenberg assets, accelerate Niobrara development

    May 14, 2012

    Denver, Colo.-based Petroleum Development Corp. today announced it has executed a definitive agreement to acquire Core Wattenberg assets that contain significant liquid-rich horizontal drilling opportunities from a private party for a purchase price of approximately $330.6 million. The effective date of the transaction is April 1, 2012 with closing scheduled for June 29, 2012.

    Dejour completes frac at South Rangely Niobrara well

    Dec 12, 2011

    Dejour Energy Inc. has fracture stimulated and is preparing to flow the test well drilled in Q3 2011 on its South Rangely leasehold, in Rio Blanco County.

    Temporary ban impacts Niobrara plans for Ultra Petroleum

    Dec 1, 2011

    A temporary drilling moratorium spanning Banning Lewis Ranch in eastern Colorado Springs and enacted by the city has halted certain activity by Ultra Petroleum in the Niobrara Shale area, said Global Hunter Securities in a note to investors December 1.

    Anadarko estimates Niobrara net resources could reach 1.5Bboe

    Nov 15, 2011

    Recent results from Anadarko Petroleum Corp.’s first 11 horizontal Niobrara and Codell wells in the Wattenberg field of northeastern Colorado show strong initial production (IP) rates and could serve as a catalyst for potential joint venture agreements.

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