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

Bakken, Barnett, Manitoba fuel EOG’s liquids binge

May 18, 2009 EOG Resources Inc., Houston, is emphasizing North American liquids and natural gas plays as it develops and explores unconventional and conventional plays in US and Canadian basins.

OGJ Newsletter

May 11, 2009

OGJ Newsletter

Apr 20, 2009

Special Report: Survey notes project delays, cancellations

Apr 6, 2009 Oil & Gas Journal’s semiannual Worldwide Construction Update shows a decline in construction activity compared with the previous edition of the report (OGJ, Nov. 17, 2008, p. 24).

HYDRAULIC FRACTURING—1: Natural fractures influence shear stimulation direction

Mar 23, 2009 Hydraulic fracturing in the presence of natural fractures causes a complex network of fractures to form because of shear and tensile failure.

Compositional variety complicates processing plans for US shale gas

Mar 9, 2009 Recently higher gas prices and improved drilling technology have spurred shale gas drilling across the US.

Chesapeake unconventional gas stake deep

Mar 2, 2009 Chesapeake Energy Corp., Oklahoma City, reported an 11% increase in proved reserves to 12.1 tcf of gas equivalent in 2008 and detailed the depth of the company’s commitment to US unconventional gas.

Total signs agreement on Libyan blocks

Feb 23, 2009 Total SA will convert its petroleum agreements with Libya’s National Oil Corp.

Global LNG supply on rise; project costs falling

Feb 23, 2009 Global LNG supply by 2013 will jump as nearly 100 million tonnes/year (tpy) of liquefaction projects currently near start-up or under construction come on line.

Equation aids early estimation of gas field production potential

Feb 9, 2009 Natural gas is the world’s fastest growing fossil energy source, contributing 287 bcfd or roughly 50 million b/d of oil equivalent oil.

National, local, and back

Feb 9, 2009 US President Barack H. Obama’s affect on the country’s oil and gas pipeline industry is still in the earliest stages of being defined.

OGJ Newsletter

Feb 2, 2009

OGJ Newsletter

Jan 26, 2009

Unconventional resources to keep pivotal supply role

Jan 26, 2009 For the past several years, leading major oil companies and independent producers have believed unconventional resources to be key elements of future energy supply.

Woodford well perforated, stimulated without wellbore intervention

Jan 12, 2009 Modules placed in the production casing string eliminated the need for wellbore intervention for completing a Woodford shale horizontal well.
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