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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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.

Special Report: GAS SHALE—1: Seven plays dominate North America activity

Sep 28, 2009 Seven shale plays dominate today's North America natural gas potential reserves additions and production increases.

OGJ Newsletter

Aug 17, 2009

Researchers develop ways to treat, recycle frac water

Jul 6, 2009 The use of membrane filtration to recycle water from fracturing flowback is among the research projects being funded by the Research Partnership to Secure Energy for America (RPSEA),

OGJ Newsletter

Jun 1, 2009

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.

State governors evaluate energy’s role in economic strategies

Mar 9, 2009 US governors brought a wider than usual range of energy ideas to the 2009 winter meeting of the National Governors Association Feb. 21-23 in Washington as they grappled with a deepening recession.

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.

Operators report string of Gulf of Mexico discoveries

Feb 16, 2009 Operators in the Gulf of Mexico reported a string of discoveries in late January and early February 2009.

US gives gas extra attention as output grows from shales

Jan 5, 2009 US natural gas, particularly shale gas, will receive increasing attention in 2009 because crude oil is becoming increasingly difficult and expensive to find and produce.

Area Drilling

Nov 5, 2007

UNCONVENTIONAL GAS-5: Rising drilling, stimulation costs pressure economics

Oct 15, 2007 The sharp recent rise in well drilling and particularly well stimulation costs has led to the concern that much of the US unconventional gas resource may be becoming uneconomic.

SEG: Geophysics role large in unconventionals

Oct 1, 2007 Geophysical methods will have important applications in commercializing unconventional oil and gas resources, a panel of geoscientists told the opening session of the Society of Exploration Geophysicists annual meeting Sept. 24 in San Antonio.

UNCONVENTIONAL GAS-4: Technology, efficiencies keys to resource expansion

Oct 1, 2007 At the core of every successful unconventional gas play are two common themes: the continuous search for improvements in technology and the relentless pursuit of cost and operating efficiencies.
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