Niobrara Basin

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Niobrara Basin

Area: Colorado & Wyoming

The Niobrara Basin stretches across Colorado, Wyoming, Nebraska, and South Dakota, but much of its drilling activity occurs in southeast Wyoming and northeast Colorado. The play is located within the Denver-Julesburg Basin and also throughout several areas of the Rocky Mountains, including Wyoming’s Powder River.

Oil was first found in the area in 1901. Wattenberg Field was first discovered as a natural gas field in 1970 and was mainly drilled using vertical drilling techniques. Horizontal drilling was first started in the Niobara Basin by EOG Resources in October 2009. This site, Hereford Ranch Field, along with Wattenberg Field and Silo Field, are the most heavily drilled areas in the play. The play is a petroleum province and offers one of the largest natural gas reserves in the country, producing over 4 trillion cubic feet of natural gas since drilling began. Niobara also produces 287,000 barrels of oil per day. Additional resources mined from the area include coal, gold, uranium, sand, gravel, and several raw materials used for cement.

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