Haynesville Shale ImageThe Haynesville shale play runs through northwestern Louisiana, northeastern Texas, and the southwestern tip of Arkansas. Some industry experts believe the Haynesville shale could ultimately produce as much as 30 to 40 trillion cubic feet of natural gas and will outproduce the Barnett shale in less than five years. The reason is the formation is very deep and very thick. The depth and high pressures make drilling expensive, but the payout is believed to be worth the cost.

Chesapeake Energy is the major leaseholder and producer in the Haynesville, but several smaller operators, including Houston-based Petrohawk Energy, have acquired significant positions and are increasing production quickly. The Cotton Valley tight gas formation is located just above the Haynesville shale and is also a major target for companies operating in this area.


Haynesville Shale News

API: US drilling up, but still below year ago

Oct 19, 2009 US oil and gas drilling activity rebounded somewhat from the previous 3-month period during 2009's third quarter but remained substantially lower than the comparable 2008 period, the American Petroleum Institute reported.

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.

Repsol YPF confirms large gas find off Venezuela

Sep 28, 2009 Repsol YPF SA confirmed earlier reports that it has made a giant natural gas discovery off Venezuela.

Special Report: Understanding process key to shale gas development

Sep 28, 2009 Making hydrocarbon production from shales a profitable venture requires a process for driving down overall costs.

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.

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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),

AAPG: Unconventional thinking led to great finds

Jun 22, 2009 Unconventional geologic thinking and risk-taking led to many of the world's recent major oil and gas discoveries, speakers from the companies that made them told a closing session at the American Association of Petroleum Geologists annual convention in Denver.

Analyst takes bullish view of natural gas, LNG

Jun 15, 2009 Research analysts with Calgary-based Tristone Capital Inc. are optimistic on the outlook for natural gas beginning in the second half of 2009 and foresee a possible US gas supply shortage in 2010.

EnCana banking heavily on unconventional gas, oil

Jun 15, 2009 Unconventional gas and oil plays represent the future for EnCana Corp. and the North American oil and gas industry, EnCana said May 27.

Shale gas acreage, European database draw interest

Jun 15, 2009 Companies are seeking permits for shale gas prospects in southeast France in Languedoc Roussillon, the Cevennes mountains region, and the Savoie area near the Swiss border.

Smallest Philippine block has shallow gas, deep reef potential

May 25, 2009 Record attendance levels experienced at the Apr. 20-24 Southeast Asia Petroleum Exploration farmout forum in Singapore signal an undiminished level of interest in regional exploration prospects.


May 25, 2009

DRILLING MARKET FOCUS: US rig count slumps more rapidly than industry expected

May 18, 2009 The US rig count fell much more rapidly than most in the oil and gas drilling industry had forecast, and industry executives say they are uncertain when drilling activity might recover.
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