Oil Producers To Share Four Corners Data At Conference

            Oil Producers To Share Four Corners Data At Conference

PR Newswire

FARMINGTON, N.M., Dec. 31, 2012

FARMINGTON, N.M., Dec. 31, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- An energy conference scheduled
for March 18 and 19, 2013, will feature a series of presentations about new
drilling for shale oil in the Mancos Shale Formation of the Four Corners
Region of Northwest New Mexico. The conference will be held at San Juan
College in the Henderson Fine Arts Center.

"This is the Renaissance of the San Juan Basin," said conference organizer Dr.
Daniel Fine, senior energy analyst with the New Mexico Center for Energy
Policy. "We are seeing a revolution on the part of American technology in
natural gas and shale oil recovery in shale formations."

The conference is titled, "San Juan Basin Energy Conference." The 2013 theme
is "Recognition of the Mancos Shale as the next chapter in the American
revolution of unconventional natural gas and oil technology leading to
national energy independence in 2020." BP America, Chevron, Continental
Resources, Encana, PNM and the U.S. Department of Energy are expected to make
presentations at the conference.

In the past five years, U.S. oil and gas developers have coupled the new
technology of horizontal drilling with the age-old practice of hydraulic
fracturing – or fracking – to tap into previously locked-in unconventional
shale gas and liquids, Fine said.

Drilling and exploration companies will present initial findings from recent
activity in the Mancos Shale, which is estimated to contain 60 billion barrels
of oil, with 6 billion barrels expected to be recovered, Fine said.

"There are so many companies active in the region," said Randy Pacheco, Dean
of the School of Energy at San Juan College. "This conference is important for
the Mancos Shale and U.S. development because we're bringing together many
industry experts."

Encana Oil & Gas (USA) Inc., a Canadian company, has partnered with a local
independent producer – Dugan Production of Farmington – to drill several test
wells into the Mancos Shale and continues to plan additional test wells. While
Encana has taken the lead in initial exploration, other producers in the
oil-and-gas industry have stakes in the region. Companies active in the region
include ConocoPhillips, BP America, Williams and XTO.

"There's a great deal of interest from investment groups, analysts and banks,"
Fine said. "They will queue up to get information. We know companies are
drilling because they have to do permitting, but what they're finding and
producing is a work in progress. This conference is their forum to provide
initial data."

Fine said industry representatives will present their results during the
conference, which will be Monday and Tuesday, March 18 and 19, 2013, in

"This conference highlights the changes in the San Juan Basin – moving from
natural gas production to oil," said Dr. James Henderson, San Juan County
Commissioner. "Additionally, The San Juan Basin has seen natural gas
production for 90 years, and the region could see oil and gas production for
another 50 years."

Fine said, "This is a major change and promises to be a boom in the San Juan
Basin and the surrounding economy. Fracturing or stimulation is a method of
extracting oil and gas that has been used since the 1960s. Horizontal drilling
has only been deployed in the San Juan Basin since 2010. The combination of
the two methods has opened up shale reservoirs from Pennsylvania and North
Dakota to Texas and New Mexico."

"The oil window in the Mancos Shale has been unrecoverable until now because
it's a shale formation and it's tight," Fine said. "Vertical wells in the San
Juan Basin couldn't develop the shale economically."

At the price of $70 per barrel (which is lower than the current price), Fine
said the Mancos Shale oil reserve would be valued at more than $400 billion.

Additional presentations and panel topics include: The development of U.S.
shale oil and gas; the potential for natural gas as an additional fuel source
for electricity generation; technology and education – issues facing technical
training for shale development and production; and geology research and
findings about the Mancos Shale. Finally, the regulation panel and
presentation will include discussion about shale gas exploration.

Panel experts will include representatives of the companies mentioned above,
plus the New Mexico Bureau of Geology, the Research Partnership to Secure
Energy for America, American Counties for Energy Independence and the U.S.
Department of Energy. The main sponsors of the conference are New Mexico Tech,
the School of Energy at San Juan College, the Farmington Chamber of Commerce
and San Juan County.

For more information or to register for the conference, visit

Contact: Thomas Guengerich, New Mexico Tech public information, 575-835-5617
Dr. Daniel Fine, Center for Energy Policy, 505-771-1865
Randy A. Pacheco, Dean, San Juan College School of Energy, 505-486-5306

SOURCE Farmington Chamber of Commerce

Website: http://www.sanjuanbasinenergy.org
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