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

International shale skepticism

Mar 2, 2015

For nearly 2 decades, North America-the US and Canada-has seen an increase of natural gas and oil reserves through application of new technology in unconventional plays.

BHI: US rig count continues 11-week dive, loses 98 more units

Feb 13, 2015

The US drilling rig count plunged 98 units to settle at 1,358 rigs working during the week ended Feb. 13, Baker Hughes Inc. reported.

Fracturing becoming a common municipal ballot item

Feb 10, 2015

Various municipalities, including Denton, Tex., have banned or sought to ban hydraulic fracturing through ballot issues while some states such as New York have imposed moratoriums, citing environmental issues or health concerns.

BHI: Texas anchors 90-unit plunge in US rig count

Jan 30, 2015

The US drilling rig count plunged 90 units—a majority of which were in Texas—to settle at 1,543 rigs working during the week ended Jan. 30, Baker Hughes Inc. reported.

BHI: North Dakota, Williston spur continued decline in US rig count

Dec 19, 2014

The US drilling rig count dropped 18 units to settle at 1,875 rigs working during the week ended Dec. 19, pushed down by losses in North Dakota and the Williston basin, Baker Hughes Inc. reported. That total, however, was trumped by the 40-unit drop in neighboring Canada.

Barnett Briefs

Dec 12, 2014

New well-productivity data provide US shale potential insights

Nov 3, 2014

The US has 13 shale plays with major oil and gas resources. Two of them-Bakken and Eagle Ford-account for about 75% of the country's shale oil output

Williams Partners, Access Midstream Partners to merge

Oct 27, 2014

Williams Partners LP and Access Midstream Partners LP, both owned by Williams Cos., Tulsa, have agreed to merge. Williams in June purchased the remaining 50% general partner interest that it didn’t previously hold in Access Midstream, giving way to the merger proposal.

Texas earthquakes prompt regulators to take action

Oct 21, 2014

A series of unusual earthquakes in North Texas is prompting state regulators to look closely at a potential link between seismic activity and wastewater injection wells.

Dallas-Ft. Worth area presents lessons in enduring economic growth for shale regions

Oct 16, 2014

The birthplace of the shale revolution-the Barnett shale in North Texas-may well hold the key to enduring economic success for communities experiencing the newfound growth associated with unconventional resource development across the US.

Pioneer exits Barnett, to focus on Permian

Oct 16, 2014

Pioneer Natural Resources Co., Irving, Tex., has agreed to sell all of its Barnett shale assets in North Texas to an undisclosed private company for $155 million.

Denton fracing ban heads for Nov. ballot

Oct 16, 2014

The city council of Denton, Tex., has rejected a petition for a hydraulic fracturing ban, sending the proposal to a public ballot in November.

BHI: US drilling rig count unchanged for second straight week

Sep 26, 2014

For a second consecutive week the US drilling rig count was unchanged at 1,931 rigs working during the week ended Sept. 26, Baker Hughes Inc. reported.

Study finds bad well construction, not fracing, fouled water wells

Sep 16, 2014

Fugitive methane found in water wells above the Marcellus and Barnett shales came from poor well construction, not hydraulic fracturing, a study the National Academy of Sciences released on Sept. 15 concluded.

Freeport LNG supply header, compression trains advance

Sep 11, 2014

Gulf South Pipeline Co. LP, a subsidiary of Boardwalk Pipeline Partners LP has reached 20-year firm precedent agreements with foundation shippers to transport about 1.4 bcfd of natural gas on its Coastal Bend Header for the first two trains of Freeport LNG Development LP’s planned liquefaction plant, near Freeport, Tex.

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