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TitleShale Gas: A New Opportunity in Ontario
AuthorHamblin, T; Carter, T; Lazorek, M
SourceOntario Oil & Gas, Ontario Petroleum Institute 06, 2008 p. 34-36
Alt SeriesEarth Sciences Sector, Contribution Series 20070600
NTS30M; 31C; 31D; 40I; 40J; 40O; 40P; 41A
AreaKettle Point; southwestern Ontario; Collingwood; Blue Mountain
Lat/Long WENS -84.0000 -76.0000 45.0000 42.0000
Subjectsfossil fuels; hydrocarbons; hydrocarbon potential; shales; gas; energy resources; energy; exploration history; Black Shales; Marcellus Formation; Kettle Point Formation
Illustrationslocation maps
ProgramSecure Canadian Energy Supply
Released2008 01 01
AbstractShale gas plays in the United States have attracted a lot of attention in the oil and gas industry recently and have become one of the hottest gas plays in North America. The Barnett shale in the Fort Worth Basin has been the most recent focus of activity and according to a 2006 article in the Oil and Gas Investor gross gas production from the Barnett exceeds one billion cubic feet per day (1 bcf/d). Although the Barnett has garnered most of the recent attention natural gas is produced from shales in several other basins in the U.S. Canadian companies are now beginning to take a serious look at shale gas potential here in Canada. And according to a recent report by the Geological Survey of Canada some of the best prospects in Canada may be located right here in Ontario.

Shale gas production has a surprisingly long and successful history in the USA dating from 1821. It emerged as a viable modern play concept after major tax incentives in the 1980's, and now represents approximately 4% of that nation's supply from thousands of wells in several major producing plays in mature basins. Each play type has a distinctive set of geological characteristics, has required careful and considerable study, effort and expense to develop a successful exploitation technique and can be used as a guide for Canadian explorationists.

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