The Fossil Fuel Revolution: Shale Gas and Tight Oil
Shale Gas and Tight Oil

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The Fossil Fuel Revolution: Shale Gas and Tight Oil describes the geologic life cycle of shale gas and tight oil. The book includes references for further reading and study problems to assess comprehension. Although shale is considered by many people to be a simple, uniform, and homogenous rock type, in reality it is variable and complex, which makes general characterizations of shale extremely difficult. The purpose of this book is to serve as a reference and resource on shale gas and tight oil for a broad spectrum of interested groups: industry members, undergraduate and graduate students, engineers and geoscientists. The Fossil Fuel Revolution: Shale Gas and Tight Oil includes case studies of shale plays located in North and South America, Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and Australia.



  • Provides a cross-cutting view of shale gas and tight oil in the context of geology, petroleum engineering, and practical and economic industry aspects
  • Includes a comprehensive list of shale case studies in one book, allowing readers to compare and contrast production from different shale plays
  • Features an extensive resource list of peer-reviewed references, web sites, and journals provided at the end of each chapter, allowing readers to pursue a deeper understanding of the material
I. Geology of Tight Oil and Gas Shales
a. Petroleum Geology Concepts
i. Origins of Black Shales
ii. Source Rocks
1. Kerogen Types
2. Thermal Maturation
iii. Conventional Oil and Gas Resources
1. Reservoir Rock
2. Trap and Seal
3. Migration Path
b. Unconventional Tight Oil and Shale Gas Resources
i. Nature of Continuous Resource Plays
ii. The Challenges of Development
iii. Natural Fractures
c. Resource Descriptions
i. Major U.S. Shale Plays
1. Barnett Shale
2. Fayetteville Shale
3. Hainesville Shale
4. Marcellus Shale
5. Bakken Shale
6. Niobrara Shale
7. Utica Shale
8. Eagle Ford Shale
9. Woodford Shale
10. Permian Basin
11. Emerging Plays
ii. World Basins Shale Plays
1. Canada and Mexico
2. United Kingdom
3. Continental Europe
4. Russia
5. Saudi Arabia and North Africa
6. South Africa
7. South America
8. China and India
9. Australia
II. Oil and Gas Development Stream
a. Upstream
i. Conventional Oil and Gas Development
ii. Unconventional Oil and Gas Development
iii. Comparison of Shale Gas versus Tight Oil Production
iv. New Technology
b. Midstream
i. Transportation – Rail, Pipeline, Truck, Ship
ii. Storage – Onshore and Offshore
c. Downstream
i. Primary Uses – Natural Gas
1. Residential Use
2. Electrical Generation
3. Potential New Uses
ii. Primary Uses – Oil
1. Transportation Fuel
2. Petrochemicals
3. Other uses
III. Future of Fossil Fuels
a. Environmental Concerns
i. Potential Environmental Impacts of Unconventional Oil & Gas Development
1. Drilling Fluids and Frac Chemicals
2. Produced Water
3. Contamination Routes
ii. Green House Gas Emissions and Climate Change
b. Energy Economics
i. Cradle to Grave Responsibility
ii. Context and Economics of Different Energy Sources
1. Coal
2. Natural Gas
3. Petroleum
4. Nuclear
5. Geothermal
6. Solar
7. Wind (Offshore and Onshore)
8. Biomass
iii. Energy Density
c. Energy Security

Geologists, Geophysicists, Geochemists, Petroleum Engineers, Oil and Gas Industry

Daniel J. Soeder has more than 10 years of experience working on production and optimization research on unconventional resources like coalbed methane, tight sand, and gas shales at the Gas Technology Institute in Chicago. He spent 18 years as a hydrologist investigating groundwater resource and water quality issues with the U.S. Geological Survey in Nevada and the Mid-Atlantic, and 8 years researching the environmental impacts of shale gas development and the potential use of depleted shales for carbon dioxide sequestration at the U.S. Department of Energy. Currently Soeder is director of the Energy Resources Initiative, SD Mines, developing facilities and research programs to give students practical experience on research problems of interest to the petroleum industry.
Scyller Borglum is a Ph.D. Candidate in Geological Engineering. Before returning to academia, she spent 8 years in various positions for both service companies and operators in the petroleum industry covering Texas, Oklahoma, Colorado, Wyoming, and North Dakota. Borglum's current position is Doctoral Researcher at Energy Resources Initiative, SD Mines, studying the poroelastic behavior of sedimentary rocks, including shales.