Tight-gas myths, realities have strong implications for resource estimation, policymaking, operating strategies

Natural gas demand in the US is expected to grow from 23 tcf/year now to 30-34 tcf/year by the year 2025.Most gas producing regions are expected to decline, but gas production from unconventional sources, most notably tight-gas sandstones, are expected to provide a large proportion of this future gas supply.These forecasts are based on historical work suggesting that unconventional, tight gas is a very large, widespread resource with limited geological risk in which the critical technologies are more related to resource extraction and optimization than resource definition.Recent work suggests, however, that these unconventional gas resources are not continuous, or basin-centered, as was p...

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