Monterey Shale Oil Field

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Summary Information

  • Operator:
  • Country: USA
  • Location: California
  • Production start:
  • Active Companies:
    • Venoco - As of February 18, 2011, Monterey shale acreage position is approximately 137,000 net acres (183,000 net acres including acreage held by production).
  • Type: Oil / Gas
  • Estimated Reserves:
  • Production Volume:


  • The active area for the Monterey/Santos shale play is approximately 1,752 square miles in the San Joaquin and Los Angeles Basin


  • 2010 - Venoco drilled the first wells


  • The depth of the shale ranges from 8,000 to 14,000 feet deep and is between 1,000 and 3,000 feet thick.


  1. Review of Emerging Resources: U.S. Shale Gas and Shale Oil Plays
  3. Venoco, 2010 Annual Report

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