Modern Shale Gas (and Oil) Primer

Volumetric Composition of Hydraulic Fracturing Flud - Source US DOE

Volumetric Composition of Hydraulic Fracturing Flud – Source US DOE

The U.S. Department of Energy office of fossil energy has produced a very good primer on Shale Gas development in the United States.  The development processes and techniques such as hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling described in this report are also highly applicable to oil development in the Niobrara play of Colorado and Wyoming.

Of particular interest are the sections on Protecting Groundwater: Casing and Cementing Programs, and Hydraulic Fracturing Fracturing Fluids and Additives.

This document is a very good description of the methods and processes used to extract both oil and gas in the Niobrara Play.

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