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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WATCHING THE WORLD EUROPE'S BIG REFINERS FACE SPENDING SPREE

Jul 11, 1994 With David Knott from London Refiners in a number of European countries can't meet prevailing patterns of demand. There is excess capacity for some products, while others are in short supply. A report published by FT Business Information Ltd., London, says shifting demand patterns will worsen the imbalance for many refiners. The remedy is a familiar one: "Considerable investment is necessary. The general shift in European demand is toward lighter petroleum products. This and tighter

HORIZONTAL DRILLING FOR ONSHORE GAS FACES MANY CHALLENGES

Oct 5, 1992 Iraj A. Salehi Gas Research Institute Chicago Even though cost-effective in oil fields and some prolific offshore gas fields, horizontal well technology has not yet been successfully transferred to onshore gas fields. The major technical challenges are accurate reservoir characterization, proper well design and placement, and stimulation. The first two of these challenges can be met with the state-of-the-art technologies but the third requires emerging knowledge, tools, and techniques.

PETROLEUM INDUSTRY ASSISTS HURRICANE RELIEF

Sep 14, 1992 The petroleum industry is aiding victims of last month's Hurricane Andrew with cash, clothing, food, water, and other supplies. Cash contributions announced as of last week totaled more than $2.7 mil lion for distribution in South Florida and South Louisiana. Petroleum industry employees were collecting relief items such as bottled water and diapers for distribution in those areas.

AEROMAG SURVEY FINDS FEATURES ALONG CENTRAL TEXAS OVERTHRUST

May 18, 1992 E. Gerald Rolf Consultant San Antonio Kenneth O. Seewald Seewald Energy Co. San Antonio The Ouachita thrust belt of central Texas appears to have great potential based on a recent aeromagnetic survey. The Strawn basin of central Texas has had periodic, selective seismic surveys and limited drilling (Fig. 1). About 60 wells have been drilled to Ordovician Ellenburger (one well per 96 sq miles). Only 26 of these penetrated more than 200 ft of Ellenburger, and of that number only eight drilled

OGJ NEWSLETTER

Jul 1, 1991 Have U.S. gas prices finally touched bottom? While international trade in natural gas continues to grow (see story, p. 21), the U.S. gas industry continues to languish. Low gas prices and flat-demand are squeezing producers and pipelines alike. Nymex gas futures hit a record low of $1.118/Mcf at closing June 24, down more than 20 on the month and more than 40 from a year ago. Nymex gas rebounded slightly the next 2 days, settling at $1.142 June 26. Natural gas is often referred to as "the

NONPRODUCING HAYS COUNTY, TEX., SITE OF REMOTE ELLENBURGER WILDCAT

Mar 18, 1991 G. Alan Petzet Exploration Editor A Houston independent has staked a rare, remote wildcat in nonproducing Hays County, central Texas, in the frontal portion of the buried Ouachita Thrust Belt. Portsmouth Resources Inc. plans to drill 1 Bittick et al. to 9,500 ft or Cambro-Ordovician Ellenburger 2 miles south-southwest of Dripping Springs and 27 miles west of Austin. Location is in Stiles J. Fowler survey #31, A-174.

CALIFORNIA NATURAL GAS LINE ACTION SIMMERING

Feb 5, 1990 The competition to serve California's growing gas demand with an interstate pipeline has developed a new wrinkle. Los Angeles Department of Water & Power (DWP) has turned to Coastal Corp.'s Wyoming-California Pipeline Co. for natural gas pipeline capacity after negotiations collapsed with the competing Tenneco Inc./Williams Cos. Kern River Transmission Co. project to bring gas from Wyoming to southern California. The scramble among competing interstate pipeline projects to
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