What a typical small operator experiences in the Barnett shale play

Gerald and Monica Hess do business as Jerry Hess Operating Co. (JHOC) in Muenster, Cooke County, Tex., a typical small operator in the Barnett shale play, with about 1,341 acres under lease for Barnett drilling. They have been in the oil and gas business since 1980 and became interested in the Barnett because they owned leases in Denton County that were directly offset with Barnett drilling by other operators.JHOC drilled its first Barnett well in October 2000. It has since drilled a total of 14 Barnett shale wells, 13 in Denton County and 1 in Wise County, and have two wells waiting on frac. Of the 12 wells now on line, JHOC considers 11 Denton County wells successful; the well in Wise C...

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