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New Shale Gas Drilling Methods Boost Production Potential

Credit: North American Shale Magazine

A new analysis of the nation’s major shale gas plays has revealed that the amount of natural gas that can be technically recovered from future well locations has increased by 20 percent compared with an estimate made about five years ago, even while active drilling has depleted the resource. Researchers attributed the increase largely to new drilling practices.

The analysis, conducted by the University of Texas at Austin’s Bureau of Economic Geology, looked at the production capabilities and the total gas in place of four of the country’s top natural gas fields: the Barnett, Fayetteville, Haynesville and Marcellus plays.

 

North American Shale Magazine, Dec. 31, 2018

Oil & Gas Journal, Dec. 17, 2018

Natural Gas Intelligence, Dec. 18, 2018

Featuring:  Svetlana Ikonnikova, Research scientist, Bureau of Economic Geology, Jackson School of Geosciences;  Katie Smye, Research associate, Bureau of Economic Geology, Jackson School of Geosciences.