2012 US Lower 48 Rockies year in review

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Report summary

In 2012, liquid production gains in the Williston, Denver-Julesberg, and Uinta basins mitigated production declines in all other Rockies basins.  Increased drilling in the Bakken pushed output from the play above 700,000 b/d.  Reserves estimates for the Bakken system grew as well after the release of preliminary but promising well results from the second and third benches of the Three Forks.  Towards the end of the year, leading operators began to shift their operations from drilling to hold...

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Table of contents

  • Executive Summary
  • Top three oil plays drive regional growth
    • Over half of Bakken crude now transported by rail
    • Three Forks results boost Bakken estimates
  • Narrowing down the Niobrara
  • Oil upside in the Uinta
    • San Juan Basin
    • Powder River Basin
    • Green River Oil Shale
  • Bakken consolidation drives increased deal activity

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  • Production growth is limited to three basins
  • Oil Production growth in the Bakken
  • Three Forks drilling on the rise


  • Key 2012 deals

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