Gas shale/oil shale

Natural Resources Research
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The production of natural gas from shales continues to increase in North America, and shale gas exploration is on the rise in other parts of the world since the previous report by this committee was published by American Association of Petroleum Geologists, Energy Minerals Division (2009). For the United States, the volume of proved reserves of natural gas increased 11% from 2008 to 2009, the increase driven largely by shale gas development (Energy Information Administration 2010c). Furthermore, shales have increasingly become targets of exploration for oil and condensate as well as gas, which has served to greatly expand their significance as ‘‘unconventional’’ petroleum reservoirs.

This report provides information about specific shales across North America and Europe from which gas (biogenic or thermogenic), oil, or natural gas liquids are produced or is actively being explored. The intent is to reflect the recently expanded mission of the Energy Minerals Division (EMD) Gas Shales Committee to serve as a single point of access to technical information on shales regardless of the type of hydrocarbon produced from them. The contents of this report were drawn largely from contributions by numerous members of the EMD Gas Shales Advisory Committee, with much of the data being available from public websites such as state or provincial geological surveys or other public institutions. Shales from which gas or oil is being produced in the United States are listed in alphabetical order by shale name. Information for Canada is presented by province, whereas for Europe, it is presented by country.

Additional publication details

Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Gas shale/oil shale
Series title Natural Resources Research
DOI 10.1007/s11053-011-9157-x
Volume 20
Issue 4
Year Published 2011
Language English
Publisher Springer
Contributing office(s) Central Energy Resources Science Center
Description 14 p.
First page 288
Last page 301
Public Comments This publication is a section in a larger report, Unconventional Energy Resources: 2011 Review, which occupies pages 279-328 of volume 20, issue 4 of Natural Resources Research journal.
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