Upper Devonian Black Shales of Western New York State: FC2
This one-day field trip focuses on the interbedded grey and black Upper Devonian shale succession exposed along the Lake Erie shoreline and nearby tributaries between Hamburg and Dunkirk, New York.
In addition to understanding stratigraphy, sedimentology and the role of catagenesis in reservoir development and fracturing, attendees will learn about the various data sets and analytical techniques used to evaluate shale successions and how these concepts are applied to unconventional hydrocarbon exploration and production.
We will discuss micro and macro-scale sedimentary features including biogenic silica and concretions and how they affect the drilling and completion process. Intervals of interest include the Middlesex, Rhinestreet, and Dunkirk shales.
This field course is easily combined with FC 1.