Barnett Shale

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The Barnett shale in north-central Texas lies in the Fort Worth Basin. Discovered in the 1950s, the Barnett was not commercially viable until the 1980s. Some geologists believe the formation could hold 30 trillion cubic feet of natural gas. A significant part of the drilling has occurred in the Fort Worth metro area, and Chesapeake Energy actually secured rights to drill beneath the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport.

Drilling in the Barnett shale intensified in the past decade as modern horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing techniques were perfected for drilling in shale. Devon Energy, Chesapeake Energy, XTO Energy, and EOG Resources are among the larger players in the Barnett shale. Two years ago, 70% of all US gas shale production came from the Barnett, but that percentage of the total has been declining as production has risen in other plays.

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Barnett Shale News

US NATURAL GAS- Conclusion: Rockies Express faces downstream bottlenecks

Jul 2, 2007 Kinder Morgan’s Rockies Express Pipeline needs capacity downstream from its Clarington, Ohio, terminus to expand before it can fully address growing demand in the Northeast.

SPECIAL REPORT: Deep water, deep drilling stimulate Gulf of Mexico

Jun 11, 2007 The US Gulf of Mexico is one of three regions-including the North Sea and South China Sea-that together are expected to receive half of total offshore spending through 2011.

OGJ Newsletter

Jun 11, 2007

Area Drilling

May 28, 2007

US states seize opportunities to maximize oil, gas production

May 21, 2007 US oil and gas-producing states must continue to work together to explore for and develop oil and gas resources and maximize production with a high sense of environmental awareness if they are to meet the nation’s ever-increasing energy requirements.

Barnett to spar Hugoton for top US natural gas field

May 14, 2007 Newark East field in North Texas, center of the Mississippian Barnett shale play, was Texas’s largest gas-producing field in 2006 and could become the largest in terms of ultimate recovery in the Lower 48.

Onshore fields bolstered 2006 US gas output

May 7, 2007 Land drilling bolstered US gas production in 2006, a warmer than normal year characterized by lower imports from Canada, reduced LNG imports from fewer countries, and above average storage levels, said the US Energy Information Administration.

OGJ Newsletter

May 7, 2007

SPECIAL REPORT: Sulfur rules shaping global construction

Apr 16, 2007 Tightening specifications for the sulfur content of gasoline and diesel fuel are shaping global construction in the oil and gas industry.

IOGCC issues guidebook of produced water data, research

Apr 16, 2007 The Interstate Oil & Gas Compact Commission has issued a guidebook cataloguing produced water data and water processing techniques used by oil and gas operators across the US.

Area Drilling

Apr 9, 2007

OGJ Newsletter

Apr 2, 2007

Bright outlook seen for global drilling industry

Feb 26, 2007 The outlook for a continued tight oil and natural gas supply/demand balance suggests a bright outlook for the worldwide drilling industry for the foreseeable future.

Area Drilling

Feb 19, 2007

SPECIAL REPORT: 2007 construction lags 2006, but more projects lie ahead

Feb 19, 2007 Planned pipeline construction to be completed in 2007 slipped nearly 13% from the previous year, driven by the 2006 completion of large crude pipelines.
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