Chesapeake presses 3D seismic work in Fort Worth

Chesapeake Energy Corp. has drilled 82 wells and has five rigs drilling for gas in the Barnett shale in Newark East field on its 18,000-acre lease on the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport in the Fort Worth basin.

By OGJ editors
FORT WORTH, Oct. 1 -- Chesapeake Energy Corp. has drilled 82 wells and has five rigs drilling for gas in the Barnett shale in Newark East field on its 18,000-acre lease on the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport in the Fort Worth basin.

Sales are limited to 60 MMcfd of gas because the company has only a single pipeline outlet on the northeast side of the airport, but it is pursuing further connections on the south side, Larry Lunardi told Oil & Gas Journal's Unconventional Gas International Conference and Exhibition in Fort Worth Wednesday.

The company drilled the most recent well 7,000 ft vertically and a similar distance horizontally. Pipelines distribute frac water to drill pads around the airport.

It has converted four of the five rigs to electric power from diesel, and the five contribute less than one half of 1% of total airport emissions including aircraft.

Having completed its $4 million, five-stage 3D seismic survey of the entire airport property, the company plans to shoot 25-sq-mile and 10-sq-mile 3D surveys working only from city streets in west and northwest Fort Worth suburbs populated by 20,000 or more homeowners.

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