Small operator pumps big frac in North Texas Barnett shale

In August 2004, Beeville-based Dan A. Hughes Co. pumped a large hydraulic fracture job in the prolific Barnett shale of North Texas. The Barnett is a tight shale that is the source for the largest gas field in Texas. It consists of an upper section and a thicker lower section with five lobes: A, B, C, D, and E. Barnett shale wells were historically drilled vertically, but now it's common to drill laterally, with the kickoff at the top of the upper Barnett section, says Lee Roy Hoskins, a petroleum engineer at Dan A. Hughes.Hughes drilled a horizontal well (City of Denton Airport No. 2H) in Denton County, Tex., using San Antonio-based Pioneer Drilling Co. Inc. The company's Rig No....

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