The Powder River Basin (PRB), an area in Wyoming traditionally exploited for its coal resources and coalbed methane gas opportunities, has more than doubled its oil output since 2009. The Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) Today in Energy segment for September 15, 2014, credits the rise in production to new drilling and completion practices, or largely the use of horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing. Approximately 590 PRB wells have been drilled since 2009 and production is currently 78 MBOPD – 105% higher than 2009’s output of 3...


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