• 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

    Tuscaloosa Marine Shale

    From the Cretaceous age, the same age as the once "emerging" and now wildly popular Eagle Ford Shale, the Tuscaloosa Marine Shale (TMS) covers an area of approximately 5,900 square miles across the Gulf Coast Region of Louisiana and Mississippi.

    The TMS is found at depths that vary from 9,000 to 14,000 feet, with a formation thickness from 500 feet to over 800 ft.

    The oil-prone formation of the TMS is comprised of gray and black shale, with sand present in some areas. A 1998 report by LSU’s Basin Research Institute estimated the 2.9-7.4 million acres prospective for the play may hold over 7 billion barrels of oil.

    Devon, Encana, Goodrich Petroleum, EOG Resources, Halcon, and others have all established positions in the area. Combined, the independent operators have acquired over 2 million acres in the heart of the play, which thus far, appears to land at least in part, in and around Amite and Wilkinson Counties, Mississippi.

    Tuscaloosa Marine Shale


    Tuscaloosa Marine Shale

    Goodrich updates on financing, amendment to credit facility

    Mar 2, 2015

    Goodrich Petroleum Corp. has provided an update on financing and an amendment to its credit facility. 

    Goodrich closes East Texas asset sale

    Dec 24, 2014

    Amelia Resources sells Tuscaloosa Marine Shale acreage

    Aug 20, 2014

    Amelia Resources LLC has sold 50,000 net acres in the Tuscaloosa Marine Shale (TMS) play. The company has been retained as a technical consultant to market 50,000 net acres of newly acquired leases in the TMS play.

    Goodrich Petroleum updates on Tuscaloosa Marine Shale well results

    Jul 8, 2014

    Goodrich Petroleum Corp. is currently running three rigs in the Tuscaloosa Marine Shale (TMS) with plans to go to as many as five rigs by the end of the year pending continued success. The company has in excess of 300,000 net acres in the play.

    Sanchez begins senior notes exchange offer

    Jun 23, 2014

    Sanchez Energy Corp. has begun an exchange offer of up to $600 million aggregate principal amount of its 7.75% senior notes due 2021 that have been registered under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, for an equal amount of its outstanding 7.75% senior notes due 2021 that have not been registered under the Act. 

    Halcón updates on Tuscaloosa Marine Shale operations, partnership

    Jun 11, 2014

    Halcón Resources Corp. has provided an operational update related to its 314,000 net acre position in the Tuscaloosa Marine Shale.

    EnCana pays $3.1B to enter Eagle Ford

    Jun 9, 2014

    Encana, Canada's largest natural gas producer, has entered a deal with Freeport-McMoRan Oil & Gas to purchase Eagle Ford shale assets for $3.1 billion.

    Amelia Resources sells acres in Tuscaloosa Marine shale play

    May 13, 2014

    Amelia Resources LLC has sold 138,000 net acres in the Tuscaloosa Marine shale play. The company has also been retained as a technical consultant to host a data room to market 138,000 net acres in the Tuscaloosa Marine shale play. 

    Encana to sell Jonah natural gas assets for $1.8B

    Mar 31, 2014

    As part of a plan to cut assets and focus operations on five shale-focused growth areas, Canada’s largest natural gas producer, EnCana, will sell its properties in Wyoming’s Jonah natural gas field to an affiliate of private equity firm TPG Capital for $1.8 billion.

    Goodrich updates Tuscaloosa Marine Shale operations

    Dec 27, 2013

    Goodrich Petroleum Corp. (NYSE: GDP) has provided an update on its operations in the Tuscaloosa Marine shale play.

    Sanchez Energy COO resigns

    Dec 27, 2013

    Joseph DeDominic, senior vice president and COO of Eagle Ford Shale-focused Sanchez Energy Corp. has resigned to pursue a new opportunity.

    Comstock Resources makes East Texas Eagle Ford acquisition

    Nov 21, 2013

    Looking to boost its oil production, Frisco, TX-based Comstock Resources Inc. has acquired Eagle Ford shale acreage in East Texas from Ursa Resources Group II LLC.

    Sanchez Energy expands revolving credit facility

    Nov 21, 2013

    Sanchez Energy Corp. has received commitments from its lending group to increase its available borrowing base under its $500 million first-lien revolving credit facility from $175 million to $300 million.

    Is the Tuscaloosa Marine Shale the next Bakken? - Part 2

    Nov 20, 2013

    The potential for the TMS to become the next big thing in US oil production is attracting exploration and production companies willing to put some money at risk in the hope of big payoffs. In this second part of an RBN Energy series on TMS, the author examines what the E&P pioneers have accomplished so far in drilling and production, what they’re learning from their experience, and what it would take to turn TMS’s potential into reality.

    Is the Tuscaloosa Marine Shale the next Bakken? - Part I

    Nov 20, 2013

    With the crude to natural gas price ratio continuing in historically high territory many energy companies are looking for more opportunities to shift from producing cheap gas to producing premium-price oil. For that reason, one tight-oil play long in the background—the Tuscaloosa Marine Shale (TMS) in central Louisiana and southwestern Mississippi—is attracting new attention; particularly from drillers who think they’ve figured out how to deal with TMS’s challenging characteristics. But is TMS all its fracked up to be?

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