Drilling expands in Texas' largest gas field

The Barnett shale of North Texas is one of the hottest areas of drilling activity in the continental US. The area of interest is expanding well beyond the core area in Denton and Wise counties.Barnett wells are prized for long-lasting production and a very high drilling success rate. High gas prices intensify the action. Properties and leases are changing hands, and permits are being issued faster than ever, thanks to new state and federal permitting systems.The discovery well for the Newark, East field (Barnett) was drilled in 1982. About 10 wells were drilled each year, until 1992, when there were 99 producing wells. Another 10 years later, at the end of 2002, there were 1,870 wells, pr...

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