Unconventional Petroleum Systems Field Trip: A Geologic Transect Along the Denver and Florence-Canon City Basins
Date: 25-26 October 2014, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. each day Sponsor: AAPG Education Department (Register|Contact) Leader: Stephen A. Sonnenberg, Colorado School of Mines, Golden, CO Location: Begins and ends in Denver, CO Fee: US$550 per person (increases to US$650 after 26 September 2014); includes field trip, guidebook, bus transportation and lunches. Participants will pay for their own dinners and lodging in Denver. Limit: 40 people Content: 1.2 CEU
Unconventional petroleum systems are becoming much more important world wide in oil and gas exploration and development. These reservoirs are low porosity and permeability but contain enormous amounts of resources. Unconventional reservoirs include the following: tight oil and gas, CBM (coal bed methane), gas shales, and heavy oil or bituminous sands. This field trip is designed to examine several of these unconventional systems in the outcrop.
This two-day field trip will be along the Front Range of Colorado on the western flank of the Denver Basin and in the Florence-Canon City basin area. We will examine examples of tight-oil reservoirs (Cretaceous Niobrara Formation, Codell member of Carlile Formation), heavy oil/tar sands (Cretaceous J Sandstone), and tight-gas reservoirs (Cretaceous J Sandstone, Codell).
Day one will focus on unconventional reservoirs located in the southern Denver and Florence-Canon City basins. Reservoirs include the Niobrara, Greenhorn and Codell Sandstone. Source beds in the Sharon Springs Member of the Pierre Shale will be examined. Day two will examine Niobrara, Codell and J Sandstone exposures in the northern Denver Basin, Front Range area.