Denver: Niobrara Shale Conference recap — Two new possible plays near the Niobrara

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From The Greeley Tribune (Jason Shueh) via Windsor Now!:

The inaugural Niobrara Shale Conference, named after the oil and gas shale formation running beneath Weld, was held at the Colorado Convention Center on Tuesday and Wednesday and called in a variety of industry specialists, resident mineral owners and geologists…

A notable presentation during the conference included one on hydraulic fracturing by Anadarko’s Jim Raney, who was speaking as spokesman for American Petroleum Institute, an industry trade group. Raney encouraged industry leaders to take a more proactive and environmental approach when working with the community. He strongly cautioned that if the industry didn’t work with the community first, there would be less of an industry to work in.

Another notable presentation included a panel discussion among land and mineral rights owners about leasing negotiations.

Smiley said that while he enjoyed all of the presenters, he thought the lecture by geologist Steve Sonnenberg sparked a lot of attention, especially when Sonnenberg pointed to a few Niobrara hot spots…

The new exploration areas included the Fort Hays Limestone — part of the Niobrara — and the Greenhorn formation — near the Niobrara — as potential territories for drilling.

More oil and gas coverage here and here.

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