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Shallow Natural Gas Leads

The shallow natural gas leads described in this portion of the website are mainly areas of historic or current production. They meet the definition of “accumulations” in the language of petroleum systems (Magoon and Dow, 1994).
The artesian we'll illustrated here was located near Pierre, SD, on the southeastern margin of the Williston Basin. In the early 1900’s, gas co-produced with this water was used by the city. The leads on the margins of the Williston Basin are emphasized on this site.

All of the leads are located on basin margins. Where a relatively narrow arch separates two adjacent basins, the choice of the basin margin is a bit arbitrary. Some accumulations could thus be assigned to more than one basin.

There are four separate geographic components included in this compilation. From the smallest to the largest they are:
1. Williston Basin
2. Rocky Mountain Basins
3. US Examples
4. International Examples
5. Your Examples

The more focused areas have a more complete description. If you are really familiar with shallow gas production in the focused areas, then there may not be any new leads for you. However, there may be new prospectives here, that will enhance your own leads. In addition, if you are looking for an overview and introduction to shallow gas in one of these areas, then this compilation will get you started on specific areas and target formations.

The references cited in this section are compiled in the Publications section of this website. Most are also available in the papers on the Williston Basin (Shurr, 1998) and on the Rocky Mountain Basins (Shurr, 2001). Both of these papers form the basis for this discussion of shallow gas leads. A version of the Williston Basin paper is available on internet in the Oil and Gas Journal website (http://ogj.pennet.com/ articles; Search:articles;keyword:Shurr). The paper on the Rocky Mountain Basins is available in digital format. Let me know if you want a copy and we’ll e-mail it.



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