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Shale Reservoirs

Giant Resources for the 21st Century


Shale reservoirs are not new. The first commercial hydrocarbon production in the United States was from a well drilled in 1821 in a shale gas reservoir. By 2000, more than 28,000 wells had been drilled in shale gas reservoirs. Rising gas prices and technological advancements in horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing associated with the development of the Barnett Shale led to a boom in shale gas development in the early years of the 21st century. Now the exploitation of shale reservoirs is turning to natural gas liquids, condensate, and oil. Far from being isotropic and homogeneous, as once naively envisioned, shale reservoirs are complexly layered accumulations of fine-grained sediment. Geologic variation on scales ranging from that of stratal architecture to that of lamination within individual beds must be understood in order to locate and exploid areas of higher production within shale reservoirs. Shale reservoirs remain largely geologic plays - notmerely lease plays or strictly engineering plays made possible by improvements in drilling and completion technology.


The printed material is made of extended abstracts of the papers available on the CD-ROM. The indexing in the CD-ROM starts at the page 69.
69-88Shale Resource Systems for Oil and Gas: Part 1—Shale-gas Resource Systems
89-126Shale Resource Systems for Oil and Gas: Part 2—Shale-oil Resource Systems
127-150Pore-to-regional-scale Integrated Characterization Workflow for Unconventional Gas Shales
151-171A Method for Evaluating the Effects of Confining Stresses and Rock Strength on Fluid Flow along the Surfaces of Mechanical Discontinuities in Low-permeability Rocks
172-200The Appalachian Basin Marcellus Gas Play: Its History of Development, Geologic Controls on Production, and Future Potential as a World-class Reservoir
201-204Resource Assessment of the Marcellus Shale
205-257Geologic Model for the Assessment of Technically Recoverable Oil in the Devonian–Mississippian Bakken Formation, Williston Basin
258-289Ancient Microbial Gas in the Upper Cretaceous Milk River Formation, Alberta and Saskatchewan: A Large Continuous Accumulation in Fine-grained Rocks
290-321Carbonate Lithologies of the Mississippian Barnett Shale, Fort Worth Basin, Texas
322-343Lithology of the Barnett Shale (Mississippian), Southern Fort Worth Basin, Texas
344-367Shale Wedges and Stratal Architecture, Barnett Shale (Mississippian), Southern Fort Worth Basin, Texas
368-381Lithologic and Stratigraphic Variation in a Continuous Shale-gas Reservoir: The Barnett Shale (Mississippian), Fort Worth Basin, Texas
382-402Outcrop-behind Outcrop (Quarry): Multiscale Characterization of the Woodford Gas Shale, Oklahoma
403-418Seismic Stratigraphic Analysis of the Barnett Shale and Ellenburger Unconformity Southwest of the Core Area of the Newark East Field, Fort Worth Basin, Texas
419-451Petrophysics in Gas Shales

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