ShaleTech: Western U.S. ///

It has been only 11 years since the Barnett shale took off with the drilling and fracing of its first horizontal well. Since then, we’ve seen the discovery of several prolific shale gas or tight oil plays in the U.S.—Marcellus, Haynesville, Bakken, Eagle Ford, Woodford, Permian and Niobrara. Could there be other such shale superstars waiting in the wings? If there are, the most likely candidates are in the vast expanse of the American West. A few majors, and a large number of independents, are applying their intuition and lessons learned to crack the code in the Piceance, Powder River, Uinta, and even the now-diminished Monterey basin, and the emerging oil play in the San Juan basin.

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