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

PNR discontinues divesting Barnett shale properties

Jan 30, 2013

Pioneer Natural Resources Co. (PNR) discontinued efforts to divest its properties in the Barnett shale saying that several bids were received during December but none matched the value PNR places on the assets.

Midstream Copano to complement KMEP’s larger operations

Jan 30, 2013

Kinder Morgan Energy Partners LP (KMEP), Houston, will purchase Copano Energy LLC, also of Houston, for about $5 billion.

Accenture: US shale gas operations offers lessons for other countries

Jan 3, 2013

Countries embarking on shale gas development worldwide stand to benefit from lessons learned in US shale gas operations and water management, according to a recent report from Accenture.

Marble Falls horizontal oil play developing in Fort Worth basin

Nov 5, 2012

At about the time in the mid-20th century that the Fort Worth basin of North Central Texas was being abandoned by the major oil companies as a worn-out backwater area, a young man named George Mitchell began drilling there for Pennsylvanian-age Atokan (aka Boonesville Bend) sandstones and conglomerates.

Marble Falls yields Jack County's most productive well

Nov 5, 2012

The early Pennsylvanian Marble Falls formation has recently been determined to be a fractured carbonate reservoir much like the famous Barnett shale.

Total content for now with US shale holdings

Sep 26, 2012

Total SA has no plans to make any more US shale acquisitions, at least for now, because the French oil and gas company already is satisfied with its international shale oil and gas holdings, executives said.

Pioneer Natural Resources to sell Barnett shale assets

Sep 18, 2012

Pioneer Natural Resources Co. expects to open a data room in October in its efforts to sell its assets in the Barnett shale, where Pioneer has operated since 2007.

Barnett shale producer, processor sign asset, processing deal

Jul 24, 2012

Crestwood Midstream Partners LP, Houston, will buy from subsidiaries of Devon Energy Corp., Oklahoma City, gathering and processing assets in southwestern Barnett shale for $90 million, the companies reported.

Atlas to acquire Titan Fort Worth Barnett shale assets

May 17, 2012

Atlas Resources Partners LP, Philadelphia, will acquire 250 bcf equivalent of proved reserves in the Barnett shale in the Fort Worth basin from Titan Operating LLC, private Fort Worth independent, for $184 million in ARP units.

EPA drops Texas water contamination case against Range

Apr 3, 2012

The US Environmental Protection Agency has withdrawn an administrative order issued to Range Resources Corp. and Range Production Co. on Dec. 7, 2010, that alleged Range polluted two water wells west of Fort Worth.

Encana opens Shreveport LNG fleet station

Feb 28, 2012

Encana Natural Gas Inc. has opened Louisiana’s first liquefied natural gas fueling station at Frierson along Interstate 49 about 15 miles south of Shreveport.

Shales not yet a big factor in New Mexico gas

Feb 9, 2012

New Mexico remains an important gas producing state, but shale gas exploration and production have been minimal, says an article by the New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources at New Mexico Tech in Socorro.


Jan 30, 2012

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Encana to sell Barnett shale gas assets for $975 million

Nov 3, 2011

Encana Corp. unit Encana Oil & Gas (USA) agreed to sell its Barnett shale natural gas assets in the Fort Worth basin to various partnerships managed by EnerVest Ltd. for $975 million as part of Encana’s previously announced plans to divest up to $2 billion in noncore assets by yearend.

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