Shale gas in the United States
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The Bakken shale is primarily an oil play. It runs through North Dakota and Montana, and it is considered the largest oil field in the US outside Alaska. Located in the following counties in North Dakota: Williams, McKenzie, Divide, Burke, Ward, McLean, Mountrail, Dunn, Billings, Golden Valley, Mercer, Stark, Grant and Renville.
Also stretching into Montana in the following counties: Richland, Sheridan, Roosevelt, Dawson, Prairie, and Wibaux.
The Barnett shale in north-central Texas lies in the Fort Worth Basin. Discovered in the 1950s, the Barnett was not commercially viable until the 1980s. Some geologists believe the formation could hold 30 trillion cubic feet of natural gas. The shale spans 5,000 square miles, beneath about 18 North Texas counties.
The Haynesville Shale is located in southwestern Arkansas, northwest Louisiana and in east Texas. Today, natural gas production from the Haynesville occurs from rocks about two miles beneath northwestern Louisiana, southwestern Arkansas and eastern Texas. The most productive areas have been Caddo, Bienville, Bossier, DeSoto, Red River and Webster Parishes of Louisiana plus adjacent areas in southwest Arkansas and east Texas.
Eagle Ford Shale
Located in South Texas, the Eagle Ford is the most active shale play in the world with a large amount of oil and natural gas. It’s about 50 miles wide, 400 miles long. The growth of oil and natural gas extraction in the Eagle Ford Shale region is exponential, this type of growth will span for an additional 10-12 years. Experts have also noted that the wells drilled will continue to produce for another 50 years. It is located in the following counties: Atascosa County, Austin County, Bastrop County, Bee County, Brazos County, Burleson County, Colorado County, DeWitt County, Dimmit County, Duval County, Fayette County, Frio County, Goliad County, Gonzales County, Grimes County, Karnes County, La Salle County, Lavaca County, Lee County, Leon County, Live Oak County, Madison County, Maverick County, McMullen County, Milam County, Robertson County, Washington County, Webb County, Wilson County, Zavala County.
The Fayetteville Shale play stretches approximately 50 miles wide from north to south and is the second most productive shale play in the United States. The Fayetteville Shale is located in the following counties of Arkansas: Cleburne, Conway, Faulkner, Pope, Van Buren, White, Madison, Johnson, Newton, Stone, Independence, Woodruff, St. Francis, and Lee.
The Monterey Shale is a rib shaped formation in California that is currently producing oil and natural gas and is a rising shale play. While it consists of both oil and gas, it is mostly drilled for oil.
Located in the counties of Kern, Orange, Ventura, Monterey and Santa Barbara, and also in the offshore region and islands outside of Los Angeles.
The Niobrara Shale is a semi new oil formation, still in the early stages of development that is just starting to see some new exciting results, and being compared to the Bakken shale in North Dakota. It stretches across Northeast Colorado, Northwest Kansas, Southwest Nebraska, and Southeast Wyoming. Located in the following counties:
Colorado: Weld, Yuma, Adam and Morgan.
Wyoming: Goshen, Platte, Niobrara, and Laramie.
Nebraska: Scotts Bluff, Banner, Kimball, Cheyenne, Morell, Garden, and Deuel.
The Permian Basin, found in West Texas and southeastern New Mexico stretching approximately 250 miles wide and 300 miles long. It has one of the world’s thickest deposits of rocks from the Permian geologic period. The Permian Basin can trace its roots back to 1925, when the first well was drilled there. Located in the following counties in Texas: Andrews, Borden, Coke, Crane, Crockett, Dawson, Ector, Gaines, Terrell, Ward, Howard, Iron, Loving, Martin, Midland, Pecos, Reagan, Reeves, Sterling, Upton, and Wrinkler.
Also located in the following New Mexico counties: Chaves, Eddy, Leah and Otero.
What is the Woodford Shale Formation? The Woodford Shale Natural Gas Field (Oklahoma Shale) is located in Southeastern Oklahoma. To many oil and gas companies, the Woodford Shale field holds a promising source of natural gas, but increases in liquids to the west. Estimates for the Woodford shale in this area exceed 70 billion barrels of oil. The Woodford Shale is located in the following counties of Oklahoma: Bryan County, Canadian County, Carter County, Coal County , Garvin County, Hughes County, Johnston County, Marshall County, Mayes County, McIntosh County, Pittsburg County, and Wagoner County.
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