Operators chase gas in three Alabama shale formations

Two emerging gas shale plays are running up against apparently steep learning curves in the Black Warrior basin and other geologic provinces to its east.New participants, money, and equipment are about to be introduced into at least one of the plays.One play is for gas in Middle to Late Cambrian Conasauga, and the other is for gas in Mississippian Floyd shale and Devonian Chattanooga shale.The Conasauga play is more advanced and has the only production, Big Canoe Creek field in St. Clair County.The top three Conasauga players have more than 800,000 acres under lease. That includes more than 500,000 acres for the 50-50 combine of Energen Resources Corp., Birmingham, and Chesapeake Energy C...

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