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Oil Shale

Information about projects and operations associated with Oil Shale plays in USA and Canada including Eagle Ford, Bakken, Niobrara, and Utica, among many others. Outside North America, Oil Shale potential is also covered in many parts of Asia, Europe, Africa, and Latin America.

Major Oil Shale Plays

Eagle Ford Shale
Starts at the Texas-Mexico border in Webb and Maverick counties and extends 400 miles toward East Texas, Texas. - United States
The Eagle Ford Shale is a hydrocarbon producing formation rich in oil and natural gas located in multiple counties in South Texas. Oil can be found in McMullen County, Texas while Natural Gas has been found in the Eagle Ford Shale located in La Salle County, TX.
Bakken Shale
Stretches down from Canada into North Dakota and Montana. - United States
The Bakken formation is a rock unit from the Late Devonian to Early Mississippian age. The formation is entirely in the subsurface, and has no surface outcrop. The Bakken Shale Play, also referred to as the North Dakota Shale, was deposited in the more central and deeper portion of the Williston Bas...
Niobrara Shale
the Denver–Julesburg basin - United States
The Niobrara Shale is a shale rock formation located in Northeast Colorado, Northwest Kansas, Southwest Nebraska, and Southeast Wyoming. Oil and Natural Gas can be found deep below the earth's surface at depths of 3,000 - 14,000 feet.
Utica Shale
St. Lawrence Lowlands of Quebec, Canada, Montreal, and Northern New York - United States
The Utica Shale is a rock unit located a few thousand feet below the Marcellus Shale. It also has the potential to become an enormous natural gas resource. The Utica Shale is thicker than the Marcellus, it is more geographically extensive and it has already proven its ability to support commercial p...
Wolfcamp Shale
The Permian Basin of Texas and New Mexico. - United States
The Wolfcamp Shale is an oil & natural gas zone located below the Spraberry Formation which is also an oil field. Directly below the Spraberry oil play, the Dean sandstone and then the Wolfcamp oil shale formation.
Duvernay Shale
Alberta, Canada (in the Kaybob area ) which extends into British Columbia. - Canada
The Duvernay Formation is a stratigraphical unit of Frasnian age in the Western Canadian Sedimentary Basin. The Duvernay Formation is present in the sub-surface in central Alberta. The Devonian Duvernay Shale is an oil and natural gas field. The Duvernay Shale, which can be found just north of the M...
Monterey Shale
San Joaquin Basin which is home to the Kern County oil discovery. - United States
The Monterey Shale is a rib-shaped formation that extends from northern California down to the Los Angeles area, offshore, and onto the outlying islands. The Monterey Shale Formation is producing oil & natural gas and is an emerging shale play. Counties include Kern County, Orange County, Ventura Co...
Woodbine Formation
East Texas Basin - United States
The Woodbine formation is a Cretaceous - aged series of sandstones and siltstones that reside within the prolific Eagle Ford source rock and is generally described as being between the overlying Austin Chalk formation and the underlying Buda formation.
Cardium Formation
Western Canadian - Canada
The Cardium Formation is primarily represented by marine sandstone, with massive sandstone beds separated by shale. The formation is sub-divided into the following members from top to base: Sturrock Member (sandstone), Leyland Member (shale), Cardinal Member(sandstone), Kiska Member (shale), Mooseho...
Smackover Brown Dense Formation
Arkansas and Northern Louisiana - United States
The Smackover Brown Dense Shale is the newest emerging shale play in the USA as exploration & production companies search for Oil. The Horizontal Smackover Brown Dense Shale is between 8,500-11,100 feet deep.
Green River Formation
Green River Basin in southwestern Wyoming, northwestern Colorado and northeastern Utah. - United States
The Green River Formation is an Eocene geologic formation that records the sedimentation in a group of intermountain lakes in three basins along the present-day Green River. The formation of intermontane basin / lake environments during the Eocene resulted from mountain building and uplift of the Ro...
Avalon Shale
New Mexico (Catron, Southern Eddy & Lea County); Texas (Culberson, Hudspeth, Shackelford, Ward County) - United States
The term Avalon Shale is often used interchangeably with Leonard Shale or Bone Springs formation. The Leonard-Avalon play ranges in depth from 6,500 to 9,000 feet in depth in the Permian Basin area.
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