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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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.

Triangle Petroleum, Kerogen Resources drilling Arkansas’ Fayetteville shale gas

Sep 17, 2007 Calgary’s Triangle Petroleum Corp. and Houston’s Kerogen Resources Inc. have begun drilling Arkansas’ Fayetteville shale.

Area Drilling

Sep 10, 2007

3D seismic guides Arkoma basin Fayetteville play

Aug 13, 2007 Drilling and 3D seismic surveying are ramping up in the Arkoma basin Fayetteville shale gas play in Arkansas.

XTO Energy extends life of Arkansas wells

May 14, 2007 In its production operations in northwest Arkansas, XTO Energy Inc. has extended the productive life of five gas wells by controlling proppant flowback.

SPECIAL REPORT: Particle-impact drilling blasts away hard rock

Feb 12, 2007 Houston-based Particle Drilling Technologies Inc. has successfully tested a new drilling system, designed to enhance the rate of penetration through hard rock.

SPECIAL REPORT: Lower drilling growth seen in US, drop in Canada

Jan 15, 2007 Price uncertainty, especially for gas, overshadows the forecast for US and Canadian drilling in 2007.


Jan 29, 1990 Arkla Exploration Co., Shreveport, La., plans exploratory and development drilling this year near new field discoveries in Southwest Mississippi and East Central Arkansas. Arkla's 1-35 Robertson in Amite County, Miss., flowed at a rate of 265 b/d of oil and 232 Mcfd of gas with 1,751 psi flowing tubing pressure through a 12/64 in. choke from selective Cretaceous Tuscaloosa sand perforations at 12,148-158 ft. The Robertson discovery, drilled to 12,500 ft, is 3 miles south of the
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