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Friday, November 18, 2016

Shale oil in Permian’s Wolfcamp formation called biggest field in U.S.

In a troubled oil world, the Permian Basin is the gift that keeps on giving.

One portion of the giant field, known as the Wolfcamp formation, was found to hold 20 billion barrels of oil trapped in four layers of shale beneath West Texas. That’s almost three times larger than North Dakota’s Bakken play and the single largest U.S. unconventional crude accumulation ever assessed, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. At current prices, that oil is worth almost $900 billion.

The estimate lends credence to the assertion from Pioneer Natural Resources CEO Scott Sheffield that the Permian’s shale could hold as much as 75 billion barrels, making it second only to Saudi Arabia’s Ghawar field. Irving-based Pioneer has been increasing its production targets all year as drilling in the Wolfcamp produced bigger gushers than the company’s engineers and geologists forecast.

“The fact that this is the largest assessment of continuous oil we have ever done just goes to show that, even in areas that have produced billions of barrels of oil, there is still the potential to find billions more,” Walter Guidroz, coordinator for the geological survey’s energy resources program, said in the statement.


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Anonymous said...

"At current prices, that oil is worth almost $900 billion."

Think about it the government could nationalize that whole oil field and it would still only pay off 1/20th of the current deficit. Matter of fact would only pay off the deficit of the last 2 years of Obama.

Anonymous said...

We will never see U.S. energy independence. There's too much politics involved.

Anonymous said...

11:30 the past 5 years and growth of shale shows otherwise. Pure economics.