• 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

    Oil Sands

    Surprising to many, Canada is the No. 1 oil exporter to the United States. Increasingly, these supplies come from Canada’s oil sands in northern Alberta. That province’s estimated oil sands deposits are in excess of 1.7 trillion barrels of crude bitumen. More than $91 billion has been invested in the oil sands in recent years and over $170 billion in oil sands-related projects. Venezuela and California are also heavy oil producers.

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    Oil Sands News

    Pelosi somewhat receptive to oil sands development

    Sep 24, 2010

    US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and recently told Canadians that she was open minded about future oil sands development and interested in hearing “both sides of the story.”

    Oilsands Quest looks to sell Eagles Nest, Pasquia Hills permits

    Sep 23, 2010

    Oilsands Quest Inc. is looking to sell its Eagles Nest oil sands lease and Pasquia Hills oil shale permits after determining the assets are “non-core.”

    IHS CERA: Oil sands greenhouse gas emissions lower than commonly perceived

    Sep 21, 2010

    Fuels made from Canadian oil sands result in significantly lower greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions than many commonly cited estimates, according to a new comprehensive analysis by IHS Cambridge Energy Research Associates' (IHS CERA).

    Athabasca Oil Sands to acquire Excelsior Energy

    Sep 13, 2010

    Athabasca Oil Sands Corp. has entered into an agreement to purchase all of the issued and outstanding shares of early stage oil sands company Excelsior Energy Ltd. for C$144 million with an attributed value to Excelsior’s oil sands assets and proprietary technology of roughly C$89 million.

    MacNeill named acting CEO of Oilsands Quest, COO resigns

    Sep 7, 2010

    As Canshale fails to raise funds, Oilsands cancels oil shale asset sale

    Aug 13, 2010

    Oilsands Quest Inc. has cancelled the sale of its oil shale assets located near Pasquia Hills, Saskatchewan to Canshale Corp. as the company was unable to raise a minimum of CDN$12.5 million by July 30 – a condition of the agreement.

    Reliance-Pioneer deal is month's largest

    Aug 1, 2010 India's Reliance Industries and Dallas-based Pioneer Natural Resources announced a joint venture transaction in the highly prospective Eagle Ford Shale play in South Texas on June 24.

    Avalon acquires oil sands leasehold in Missouri

    Jul 12, 2010

    Avalon Oil & Gas Inc. has agreed to acquire an undivided 100% working interest in a 320-acre leasehold in Vernon County, Missouri. The leasehold contains over 70 wellbores, with over 20 wellbores equipped for production.

    ProSep snags $2M contract for Canadian Oil sands market

    Jul 9, 2010

    ProSep Inc. was awarded a US$2 million contract to provide process engineering and specialized internals for crude separation at steam-assisted gravity drainage facility located in Alberta’s oil sands.

    Total set to acquire UTS, interest in Fort Hills oil sands

    Jul 7, 2010

    Total E&P Canada Ltd. has agreed to acquire UTS Energy Corp. with its main asset, a 20% interest in the Fort Hills oil sands project in the Athabasca region of the Canadian province of Alberta, for C$1.5 billion (US$1.4 billion).

    ConocoPhillips completes $4.6B sale of Syncrude interest to Sinopec

    Jun 28, 2010

    ConocoPhillips (NYSE:COP) has completed the $4.65 billion sale of its 9.03% interest in Syncrude with subsidiaries of refining giant Sinopec International Petroleum Exploration and Production Company (SIPC). 

    As blame game over spill goes on, engineers are working to stop leak

    Jun 1, 2010 The blame game goes on in Washington, Baton Rouge, Houston, and elsewhere.

    Nexen sells Canadian heavy oil assets to Northern Blizzard for $975M

    May 20, 2010

    Canadian oil sands may become top source of crude oil imports to US in 2010

    May 13, 2010

    The Canadian oil sands have increasingly become an important source of global oil supply growth and are now poised to become the number one source of US crude oil imports in 2010, according to new research from the IHS CERA Canadian Oil Sands Dialogue.

    Marathon evaluating Flying Dutchman prospect

    May 10, 2010

    Houston-based Marathon Oil Corp. said Monday, May 10, that it is evaluating a discovery well on the Flying Dutchman prospect, located on Green Canyon Block 511, in the Gulf of Mexico.

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