Rocky Mountain Hot Shale Plays: The Bakken and Niobrara - Next Target of Our Exclusive Leasehold Database

Recent activity in the Rocky Mountains of the United States suggests that this region is set for an explosion of oil and gas drilling similar to what we are seeing in the Marcellus-Utica Shale plays. The Rocky Mountains are home to a variety of basins with numerous active plays, including the Bakken, Niobrara and Gammon. In the last quarter alone, there were more than $5 billion in land grabs and joint ventures in the Bakken; as well as an announcement by Anadarko Petroleum Corporation that the Wattenberg Field in north-central Colorado may contain more than 1 billion barrels of oil alone.

With all this in mind, the Apollo Mapping-Jim Bourbeau Land Service (JBLS)/Surfside Abstracting team is proud to announce that we are building the first database to track leasing activity on both public and private lands in the Rocky Mountain region. To coordinate this effort, we opened an office in Billings, Montana on January 3rd where JBLS’ president, Jim Bourbeau, worked as a landman for more than a decade before opening their Marcellus-Utica office.

In the coming months, we will release counties of leasehold coverage in digital format (i.e. Esri shapefiles and KMZs) as they are completed. In the meantime, the JBLS-Surfside team is available for custom title work and courthouse research. The Rocky Mountain leasehold database will be similar to our current offering in the Marcellus-Utica Shale plays.

If you have any questions about the new Rocky Mountain leasehold database, our custom title work and/or would like to submit a request for leaseholds in a county of interest, you can let us know at (720) 470-7988 or

About Apollo Mapping

Apollo Mapping believes in one simple but important guiding principle – the customer comes first. You will see this reflected in every aspect of working with us – from our prompt customer service to our expert technical advice. With a focus on mid-tier energy companies, engineering firms and academic-nonprofit research organizations, Apollo Mapping is the clear choice for all of your geospatial, remote sensing and mapping needs. Partnered with industry-leading satellite and aerial imagery providers and land information companies, we source the multiple datasets you need to complete projects on-time and within budget. And when geospatial complexities arise – including requirements for topographic data, hosting and streaming services and specialized geospatial technologies, Apollo Mapping crafts customized geospatial solutions that address your organization’s challenges. You can find us online at, by email at or by phone at (303) 993-3863.

Published Wednesday, January 11th, 2012

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