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Piceance Basin Stands Out In Niobrara Shale

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By Richard Mason, Hart Energy
June 1, 2014

The Niobrara Shale is more than a one-trick Denver-Julesburg Basin pony. While current Niobrara headlines extol multiwell pads, extended laterals and rising oil production from multiple benches northeast of Denver, an intriguing but lesser-publicized Niobrara development is underway in western Colorado's Piceance Basin.

In December 2012, WPX Energy Inc., the exploration and production spinoff from midstream pipeline giant The Williams Companies Inc., commenced IP on the GM 701-4 HN1 well from a middle bench in the Niobrara Shale. WPX formally announced the Piceance Niobrara discovery January 22, 2013. It generated ...

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