• 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

    Other Unconventional

    Other Unconventional Description ImageIn addition to the well-known gas shale plays like the Barnett, Haynesville, Marcellus, and Eagle Ford, and oil plays like the Bakken, there are perhaps dozens of smaller, less well-known resource plays, many of which are in the very early stages of exploration and development. Some of the plays are shale and others are tight gas or coalbed methane. Many are in the United States and Canada, but increasingly exploration and production companies are using modern drilling and production technology to develop natural gas and oil from unconventional subsurface formations in Europe and Asia. Doubtless, unconventional resources eventually will be exploited in Africa, South America, and Australia as well. What we call “unconventional” today will be considered “conventional” in time.

    Other Unconventional News

    Monterey Shale’s Venoco plans merger

    Jan 17, 2012

    Venoco Inc., an independent energy company with substantial holdings in California’s oily Monterey Shale, said Jan. 16 that it has entered into a definitive merger agreement under which Timothy M. Marquez, Venoco’s chairman and CEO, who controls 50.3% of Venoco’s common stock, will acquire Venoco through a wholly owned entity, Denver Parent Corp.


    Sinopec invests US$2.2B in Devon Energy emerging play acreage

    Jan 3, 2012

    Devon Energy Corp. has signed an agreement with Sinopec International Petroleum Exploration & Production Corp. whereby SIPC will invest $2.2 billion in exchange for one-third of Devon’s interest in five emerging plays.

    Repsol buys into US unconventional hydrocarbons with Mississippi Lime JV

    Jan 3, 2012

    On December 22, Spain’s Repsol announced an agreement signed with Oklahoma City-based SandRidge Energy to buy nearly 363,636 net acres in the Mississippi Lime play.

    Comstock Resources closes US332 million acquisition in Delaware Basin

    Dec 29, 2011

    Frisco, Tex.-based Comstock Resources Inc. (NYSE:CRK) said on Dec. 29 that it has closed the previously announced acquisition of oil and gas properties in the Delaware Basin in West Texas from Eagle Oil & Gas Co. and certain other parties for $331.9 million.

    Upstream News

    Oct 1, 2011

    NYTEX acquires acreage in Mississippi Lime formation in North Texas

    Sep 29, 2011

    NYTEX Energy Holdings Inc. has acquired 5,447 leasehold acres in North Texas to commence development of the Mississippi Lime oil formation at depths between 4,000 and 5,000 feet.

    Corridor Resources begins drilling Frederick Brook shale well

    Sep 28, 2011

    Nova Scotia, Canada-based Corridor Resources Inc. has spud the vertical Will DeMille O-59 shale gas appraisal well, an offset to the Will DeMille G-59 horizontal well drilled in 2010, in order to advance the Frederick Brook Shale program.

    Praxis Mutual Funds calls for hydraulic fracturing transparency

    Sep 20, 2011

    Praxis Mutual Funds has called on oil and gas companies to provide additional disclosures regarding the environmental and financial risks associated with their hydraulic fracturing (natural gas drilling) operations.

    Southern Union plans $235 million midstream expansion in Permian basin to support Avalon Shale development

    Aug 23, 2011

    Southern Union Company has approved construction of the $235 million Red Bluff Project, a 200 MMcf/d natural gas processing plant and associated gathering, compression, and treating facilities, through its midstream segment, Southern Union Gas Services (SUGS).

    Wood Mackenzie expects strong prospective value growth in upstream oil and gas

    Aug 22, 2011

    Research and consulting firm Wood Mackenzie dispels talk that the oil and gas business is a “sunset industry” in a new report titled “The changing face of upstream value.”

    Two possible trends emerge as BHP Billiton acquires Petrohawk

    Jul 18, 2011

    Days after the July 14 announcement by Australia’s BHP Billiton Ltd. of its acquisition of Houston-based Petrohawk Energy Corp. for US$15.1 billion, analysis about future trends in the highly attractive unconventional resources space began to surface.

    On leading edge of domestic natural gas use, Chesapeake unveils natural gas initiative

    Jul 12, 2011

    On Monday, natural gas champion Chesapeake Energy unveiled its three pronged plan to transform the US transportation fuels market and reduce OPEC Oil imports.

    Cross Border Resources increases Wolfberry acreage

    Jun 17, 2011

    San Antonio, Tex.-based Cross Border Resources Inc. (OTCQX: XBOR) has executed a participation agreement in the Big Star Six Shooter project targeting 320 gross acres within the Wolfberry Trend, Dawson County, Texas.

    Petronas to pay $1.1B to enter North American shale gas space

    Jun 2, 2011

    Canadian natural gas company Progress Energy Resources Corp. has agreed to sell 50% of its working interest in certain British Columbia shale assets to Malaysian national oil company, Petronas, for $1.1 billion.

    ConocoPhillips to sell additional $5 - $10 billion in assets

    Mar 23, 2011

    ConocoPhillips told the financial community in New York on March 22 that it plans to sell an additional $5-$10 billion of non-core assets over the next two years.

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