Middle Devonian Marcellus Shale & Associated Strata of Western & Central New York State: FC1
This two-day field trip takes attendees across New York State from Buffalo to Syracuse by way of the Finger Lakes. To get through the Marcellus we must drill through higher Hamilton Group strata. Therefore, we begin the field trip just east of Buffalo, NY looking at these deposits, discussing their sedimentology, cryptic depositional and erosional features, and mechanical integrity.
From here we proceed east across New York, with stops at the Oatka Creek (upper Marcellus) type section, and the Union Springs (lower Marcellus) type section. Day two takes us to the Marcellus type section, then south of Syracuse to look at very different proximal facies of the Marcellus.
Attendees will learn about sedimentological processes, basin hydrography, redox conditions, and how these aspects relate to the preservation of organic material and the construction of a world class unconventional hydrocarbon reservoir.
Finally, we look at a phenomenally preserved gas chimney in the Upper Devonian, discuss implications for hydrocarbon expulsion, migration and connectivity of reservoirs and how this relates to well spacing, hydrocarbon recovery, and field development.
The trip ends with a group discussion at the base of the 214’ tall Taughannock Falls in Trumansburg, New York.