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Upper Devonian Shale Potential in the Northern Appalachian Basin

  • December 03, 2014
  • 5:30 PM
  • The Pearl at the Webb Hotel, 90 Pearl St, Buffalo, NY 14202


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As operators continued to explore for the Middle Devonian, Marcellus Shale throughout western and northern Pennsylvania, shallower Upper Devonian shales were looked at with a whole new set of tools and with a different perspective.  Are the shallower Upper Devonian shales perspective unconventional shale reservoirs?


The shallower than the Marcellus Shale black shales include the Geneseo/Burket Shale, Middlesex shale, Rhinestreet Shale and Dunkirk Shale.  All are currently being produced to some extent in Pennsylvania and West Virginia.  What, if any, are the implications for these shallower than Marcellus Shale reservoirs in western New York?


During the presentation we’ll review the general geology of the Middle Devonian shales, some of the historic (very recent history, in some cases) producing trends, and a case study of recent Geneseo/Burket production in Washington County, Pennsylvania.


Dan A. Billman, P.G., C.P.G.

Dan Billman has over twenty-four years of experience in the Appalachian Basin with the last nineteen as a consulting geologist and president of Billman Geologic Consultants, Inc. Prior to independent consulting, Dan worked as an exploration and development geologist for Mark Resources Corporation and Eastern States Exploration Company. Mr. Billman is a registered professional geologist in the state of Pennsylvania and an American Association of Petroleum Geologist, Certified Petroleum Geologist.

Dan Billman has extensive experience both in development and exploration oil and natural gas plays in the Appalachian Basin. He has performed numerous geologic and economic reviews of natural gas and oil exploration prospects throughout Appalachian Basin, as well as feasibility studies for gas storage and coal bed methane development.

Mr. Billman received his Bachelor of Science degree in Geology from the University of Toledo and his Master of Science degree in Geology from West Virginia University. He is a member of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists and is currently the AAPG Delegate representing the Pittsburgh Geological Society. Also, Mr. Billman is a Past-President of the Eastern Section of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, after serving as the organizations Vice-president, Secretary and Treasurer. He is a former President (2 terms), Vice-President and Treasurer (2 terms) of the Pittsburgh Association of Petroleum Geologists. He is a member of the Independent Oil and Gas Associations of Ohio, Pennsylvania and New York, the Pittsburgh Geological Society, the Ohio Geological Society, Appalachian Geological Society and the Ontario Petroleum Institute. Mr. Billman is a board member of the Pennsylvania Council of Professional Geologists. Mr. Billman has written and/or co-authored numerous published papers and technical presentations on the geology of the Appalachian Basin.

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