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Emerging Plays

  • Powder River Basin, July 2014. UNGR No. 56


    The UG Center’s new Special Report on the Powder River Basin provides an in-depth look at the petroleum-rich region located in northeastern Wyoming and southeastern Montana.According to the Wyoming State Geological Survey, the Powder River Basin covers about 8,000 square miles and contains a sedimentary rock package that may locally exceed 40,000 feet in thickness. Sedimentary rocks range in age from Cambrian to Cretaceous.In the 1970s, oil peaked at 160 million barrels per day. Current production is up about 12% since 2009, with more that 57.5 million barrels of oil produced in 2012.Increased oil production is occurring primarily in Wyoming’s Campbell and Converse counties. In 2013, 204 horizontal oil wells were spudded and 522 other horizontal oil wells were granted permit-to-drill status in the two counties (an increase of 27% in Campbell County compared to 2012, and 40% in Converse County). Production from 504 Powder River Basin fields produced 48% of Wyoming’s total 2013 crude oil production.Oil in the Powder River Basin is produced primarily from the Cretaceous age Frontier, the Shannon and Sussex sandstone members of the Cody Shale, and Mesaverde. The pre-Mississippian section is mainly of carbonate rocks and the Mississippian and younger rocks are mostly shale and sandstone.This 23-page report contains geological descriptions, news, company activities, go-to reference links and more. It is included in your subscription.
    - Jul. 21 2014
  • Cana Woodford Shale Gas Play, April 2014. UNGR No. 55


    Cana Woodford is an emerging gas play located within the Oklahoma Anadarko Basin, about 40 miles west of Oklahoma City (Figure 18). Companies have estimated that Cana Woodford contains a high liquid content of about 65% gas, 30% NGL and 5% oil.
    - May. 6 2014
  • San Juan Basin/Mancos Shale, January 2014. UNGR No. 54


    The UG Center’s new Special Report, San Juan Basin/Mancos Shale, provides an in-depth look at the unconventional upper Cretaceous total petroleum systems that produce oil and gas in the Four Corners region of Colorado and New Mexico.
    - Jan. 27 2014 - free
  • UK Shales, October 2013. UNGR No. 53


    The UG Center’s new Special Report on the U.K. shales provides an in-depth look at the geologic elements of conventional and unconventional total petroleum systems and production in the U.K. including the Carboniferous Bowland-Hodder shale play that stretches across a large area of central Britain.
    - Oct. 23 2013
  • The Woodbine, July 2013. UNGR No. 51


    The UG Center’s new Special Report, The Woodbine, provides an in-depth look at the East Texas play's unconventional exploration and development.
    - Aug. 5 2013
  • Australian Unconventionals, April 2013. UNGR No. 52


    The UG Center’s new Special Report, Australian Unconventionals, provides an in-depth look at the country’s unconventional gas (tight gas and coal-seam gas) and shale oil resource exploration and development.
    - Apr. 29 2013
  • The Michigan Basin, January 2013. UNGR No. 50


    The UG Center’s new Special Report on the Michigan Basin provides an in-depth look at the geologic elements of conventional and unconventional total petroleum systems from Ordovician- to Pennsylvanian-aged formations that produce oil and gas in central Michigan.
    - Feb. 5 2013
  • The Wolfcamp Shale, October 2012. UNGR No. 49


    The UGCenter’s new Special Report on the Wolfcamp unconventional oil and gas play examines the prolific Permian source rock in the Midland, Delaware, Pecos, Central, Val Verde and Ozona basins and the Northwestern, Northern and Eastern shelves in west Texas and southeast New Mexico.
    - Oct. 23 2012
  • The Smackover Brown Dense Formation, July 2012. UNGR No. 48


    The UGCenter's new Special Report on the Lower Smackover Brown Dense provides an in-depth look at this Upper Jurassic-aged, kerogen-rich, carbonate oil and gas source rock that currently produces in south-central Arkansas and northeastern Louisiana. This 24-page report contains geological descriptions, news, company activities, go-to reference links and more. It is included in your subscription.
    - Aug. 1 2012
  • Canada Duvernay Shale, April 2012. UNGR No. 47

    - Apr. 20 2012
  • U.S. Utica Shale, January 2012. UNGR No. 46

    - Feb. 2 2012
  • Heath Shale, October 2011. UNGR No. 45

    - Oct. 28 2011
  • Tuscaloosa Marine Shale, July 2011. UNGR No. 44

    - Jul. 30 2011
  • Mississippi Lime/Chat, April 2011. UNGR No. 43

    - Apr. 15 2011
  • Cleveland Tight Sand, January 2011. UNGR No. 42

    - Jan. 27 2011