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Vista Oil & Gas Is Opening the Spigots on Argentina's Vast Shale Play

  • Independent driller Vista to start Vaca Muerta well production
  • ‘Ten independents can change the game here,’ Galuccio says
The Vaca Muerta shale field in Argentina.
The Vaca Muerta shale field in Argentina.Photographer: Jonathan Gilbert/Bloomberg
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Vista Oil & Gas is breathing a new kind of life into Vaca Muerta, the vast shale play under development in Argentina.

Eight years ago, the region was untapped. Then YPF SA, the state-run driller, broke ground, offering the first peek at the basin’s potential. Now, Vista, an independent driller led by former YPF CEO Miguel Galuccio, is planning the next stage of development, putting its first shale wells into production.