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Revisiting the Barnett Shale Play

The Barnett Shale play contains one of North America’s largest onshore natural gas fields. The north-central Texas’ Fort Worth Basin contains trillions of cubic feet of reserves in an area spanning about 5,000 square miles across about 20 Texas counties. Core O&G production areas are in Denton, Johnson, Tarrant, Dallas, and Wise counties, where the shale…

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Cline Shale Play rivals Bakken and Eagle Ford Combined

The Cline shale play in West Texas’ Midland Basin is an abundant sedimentary rock formation of Pennsylvanian-aged shale (325-286 million years old).  The play is found 9,000-9,500 feet underground and spans 140 miles north-to-south and 70 miles east-to-west.  Fisher and Nolan counties have been the focal points, with recent increased leasing activity in Tom Green…

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The Niobrara Shale Play – the next Bakken?

The Niobrara shale formation extends across northeastern Colorado, northwestern Kansas, southwestern Nebraska and southeastern Wyoming.  The play ranges in thickness from 275-400 feet deep, with three primary carbonate-rich benches that average 10-25 feet thick with 5-10% porosity.

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Shale Plays Transforming US Onshore Rig Fleet

Six or seven years ago, only 10% of oil rigs in the United States were used to drill horizontal wellbores.  Now, more than 60% of oil and gas projects require horizontal drilling.  Why?  The U.S. oil and gas industry is trending towards shale and other unconventional resources – and wells reaching these resources are drilled…

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Bakken Shale Play – A Key Driver in the North Dakota Economy

Although North Dakota began producing oil in 1951, the state’s shale boom began in 2007 after the discovery of the Bakken Shale Play.  The shale formation extends over parts of North Dakota, Montana, and Saskatchewan, Canada – and there is an estimated 24.3 billion barrels of recoverable oil in the U.S. portion of the Bakken…

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Eagle Ford Shale – A Key Driver in the South Texas Economy

Discovered in 2008, the Eagle Ford Shale play is one of the largest discoveries of new oil reserves in the United States since Prudhoe Bay, Alaska in 1968, and extends over 23 South Texas counties. Its southern edge begins at Laredo and trends northeast toward Austin producing natural gas. The northern edge, a formation 50…

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