Fayetteville

Fayetteville Shale ImageWhen one thinks of the Fayetteville shale, one company name comes to mind immediately – Southwestern Energy. Houston-based Southwestern was the earliest entrant in the Fayetteville shale play and today still has nearly three times the natural gas production of its nearest competitor in the formation. The Fayetteville shale is located on the Arkansas side of the Arkoma Basin and cuts a swath through the north-central part of the state east to the Mississippi River.

Experts believe the Fayetteville shale could hold up to 20 trillion cubic feet of natural gas. Oklahoma City-based Chesapeake Energy is the second-largest lease holder in the Fayetteville shale play, followed by Petrohawk Operating Co. and XTO Energy, which was recently acquired by Exxon Mobil Corp. Southwestern has sold some of its Fayetteville assets to XTO.

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Fayetteville Shale News

Fayetteville groundwater study shows no signs of contamination from recent drilling activity

May 1, 2013

FAULKNER COUNTY, Ark.—In January, the USGS announced results from its year-long groundwater study in the central portion of Arkansas' Fayetteville shale.

UT study forecasts reliable supply from Barnett shale through 2030

Feb 28, 2013

A new study of the Barnett shale foresees reliable supply with slowly declining production through the year 2030, said the Bureau of Economic Geology (BEG) at the University of Texas at Austin and financed by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, a New York philanthropic grant-making institution.

Vanguard Natural Resources to buy Arkoma basin assets

Jun 5, 2012

Houston independent Vanguard Natural Resources LLC agreed to acquire natural gas and associated liquids assets in the Woodford shale and Fayetteville shale of the Arkoma basin for $445 million from Antero Resources, Denver.

Fayetteville shale gas output up as spending eases

Nov 2, 2011

Southwestern Energy Co., Houston, has drilled the backbone of its Fayetteville shale gas play in the eastern Arkoma basin and is phasing down capital spending in the play this year and in 2012, the company said last week.

Alta Energy Partners to develop unconventional assets

Apr 13, 2011

Alta Resources LLC and Blackstone Capital Partners agreed to form Alta Energy Partners to develop unconventional oil and natural gas assets.

BHP Billiton to buy Chesapeake Fayetteville assets

Feb 21, 2011

BHP Billiton Petroleum has agreed to buy all of Chesapeake Energy Corp.’s interests in the Fayetteville shale gas play in Arkansas for $4.75 billion.

Frac services costly in tight supply, operators say

Dec 6, 2010 Operators faced with costly delays in obtaining fracturing crews are considering their options, and some are assembling their own company-owned fracture stimulation fleets and also entering long-term service contracts.

Fruitland to Barnett to…

Oct 25, 2010 Have all of the large shale gas and oil fields in the US been found, as one chief executive officer claimed in mid-October?

There's the rub

Jun 7, 2010 It is possible that the Deepwater Horizon debacle will have the same kind of damper effect on offshore oil output that Three Mile Island and Chornobyl did on nuclear energy.

Special Report: LNG Update: US gas market well-supplied: LNG or shale gas?

Mar 15, 2010 Expanding natural gas production from indigenous sources poses the most serious threat to imports of natural gas as LNG into North America, primarily the US.

Chesapeake cements position in six onshore US gas plays

Mar 1, 2010 The Texas Panhandle and Oklahoma Granite Wash plays are Chesapeake's highest and second highest rate-of-return plays due to high oil and natural gas liquids content.

Gas supply potential linked to corporate strategies

Nov 9, 2009 The potential of natural gas to reshape energy markets should exert parallel influence on corporate strategies, speakers said at the RMI Oilfield Breakfast Forum in Houston.

OGJ Newsletter

Nov 2, 2009

Special Report: Federal, state tax prospects cloud independents' outlook

Nov 2, 2009 US House members launched their newly formed natural gas caucus on Oct. 21 with a hearing designed to rally support for a domestic fuel they believe could play an increasingly significant role.

Special Report: Gas Shale—2: Lessons learned help optimize development

Oct 5, 2009 Exploring for resource quality, building advanced technological capability, pursuing improved performance and cost efficiencies, and adopting high-value entry strategies are some factors leading to successful exploitation of gas shales.
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