Oil is a very important non-renewable resource for many different countries, especially North America. North America is one of the largest oil consumers in the world. The continent needs the oil to function. A lot of products Americans use run on oil. There are couple of shale locations in North America that produce different chemicals and materials.
Antrim Shale – The Antrim Shale is located inside the Michigan Basin. It stretchs for 39,000 square miles and touches neighboring states Michigan, Ohio and Indiana. This shale mostly produces methane and Carbon Dioxide. This thickness of this location ranges from 60 to 220 feet. Back in the 90’s this was the most active shale in North America. It has helped create more than 9,000 wells to this date. The Antrim shale is supposed to be between 31 and 76 trillion cubic feet of natural gas. Breitburn Energy and Atlas Energy are working on and studying this area
Utica Shale – The Utica scale can be found in the Appalachian Basin. It touches parts of New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Montreal. The northern part of this shale contains mostly gasses while the southern part contains more oil. This place has a lot of different sea level variations from 2,000 feet below sea level to 14,000 feet towards the center in Pennsylvania. There is an estimated 1.3 to 5.5 billion barrels of oil and 3.8 to 15.7 Tcf of natural gas here. EV Energy, Consol, Exxon, Devon and more have been visiting Utica Shale.
Chattanooga Shale – The Chattanooga Shale also considered Ohio Shale has depths of 3,000 to 5,000 feet all around. There is an estimated 12.2 Tcf of natural case around the shale. This shale is considered to be part of the Appalachian Basin. GeoMet and Energen are two companies operating in this area.
Tuscaloosa Marine Shale – The Tuscaloosa Shale is located between Louisiana and Mississippi. There is a lot of rich oil and natural gas available at this location. There are a lot of of valuable liquids in this shale and estimated 7 billion barrels of oil. It is hard to drill because of its 10,000 to 15,000 depth. Goodrich Petroleum has been operating on this shale.
Cunningham Energy (https://twitter.com/cunningham_eng?lang=en) is an independent gas producer explorer that is planning on drilling in two new wells by the Weir Sand formation. Using 185 top drive drilling rigs in West Virginia they hope to find new oil and gases. Drilling data has shown a lot of potential for the area.