• 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

    Hi-Crush and ARB to develop energy rail hubs in Permian and DJ basins

    May 6, 2015

    Hi-Crush Partners LP and ARB Midstream LLC have entered into definitive agreements to jointly develop and operate two energy rail hubs, one in the Denver-Julesburg Basin and one in the Permian Basin. 

    EIA: US shale production set to record first drop in four years

    Apr 14, 2015

    The US Energy Information Administration’s monthly drilling report, released April 13, says that oil production from US shale plays is expected to decline 45,000 barrels per day (bpd) to 4.98 million bpd in May from 5.02 million bpd in April – marking this as the first such monthly decline seen in over four years.

    Jost & Shelton energy lawyers join Burleson in Denver

    Mar 26, 2015

    Denver oil and gas attorneys, Jost & Shelton Energy Group PC have joined the Denver, CO office of Burleson LLP.

    Armada Oil extends credit facility

    Mar 9, 2015

    Armada Oil Inc. has renegotiated its existing credit facility with Prosperity Bank into a term loan with a maturity date of March 5, 2016.

    Dome Energy executes agreement for sale of US operations

    Feb 24, 2015

    Dome Energy AB has entered into a heads of agreement with PEDEVCO Corp. (d/b/a Pacific Energy Development) for the proposed sale of Dome's entire US asset base.

    Williams Partners and Crestwood commission Niobrara processing plant

    Feb 6, 2015

    Williams Partners LP and Crestwood Midstream Partners LP have commissioned the Bucking Horse gas processing facility in Converse County, Wyoming, adding 120 million cubic feet per day of processing capacity in the Powder River Basin Niobrara shale play.

    Saddlehorn open season extended to Feb. 27

    Feb 2, 2015

    Magellan Midstream Partners LP has extended the open season for commitments on the Saddlehorn pipeline to transport various grades of crude oil from the Niobrara shale play in northeast Colorado to Magellan's storage facilities in Cushing, Oklahoma. Binding commitments are now due by 5 p.m. Central Time on Feb. 27.

    Great Western buys wells, acreage in Wattenberg field

    Jan 29, 2015

    Great Western Oil & Gas Co., an affiliate of The Broe Group with active operations in the Denver-Julesburg Basin in Colorado, has purchased 14 producing wells and 816 net leasehold acres in the Wattenberg field from an undisclosed seller.

    US O&G deal values reached 10-yr high of $321.5B in 2014

    Jan 29, 2015

    Mergers and acquisitions in the oil and gas industry hit 10-year highs in terms of deal value and volume in 2014, according to PwC US.

    ARB Midstream names Stockton as VP of engineering and operations

    Jan 28, 2015

    ARB Midstream LLC has hired Larry Stockton as vice president of engineering and operations. He will be responsible for project management and terminal operations at the Niobrara Connector terminal and at future ARB Midstream terminals.

    Magellan Midstream extends open season for Saddlehorn Pipeline

    Dec 16, 2014

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

    ARB Midstream hires senior director of commercial operations

    Dec 16, 2014

    ARB Midstream LLC has hired Paula Regan as senior director of commercial operations. She will be responsible for the management of rail shipments and trucking logistics, and will also work with terminal personnel to schedule activities at the Niobrara Connector terminal.

    Niobrara update

    Dec 16, 2014

    Anadarko and Noble are the two most active operators

    Wood Group acquires Swaggart Brothers

    Dec 15, 2014

    Wood Group has acquired Swaggart Brothers – an Oregon-based provider of civil construction and fabrication services to the US oil and gas, industrial, and agricultural sectors – for an initial consideration of $36.3 million with a further payment in 2017 based on future performance.

    Bill Barrett posts strong Wattenberg results

    Dec 11, 2014

    In its recent third quarter 2014 statement, Denver, CO-based Bill Barrett Corp. (NYSE: BBG) reiterated its efforts to simplify its portfolio and operate as an oil-focused player with sights on the Niobrara. Analysts say the company has showed strong oil growth and economic wells at current, and even lower, prices.

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