Haynesville Shale

Future of the Haynesville Shale?

Natural gas drilling activity in the Haynesville Shale was booming in 2010 but has fallen significantly since then. The fall occurred as natural gas prices fell from $12 down to $2. Companies started drilling there with a high income assumption. Af... More at TheAdvertiser.com.

The Shale Boom is Just Starting

Ryan Lance, CEO of ConocoPhillips believes that the "shale boom" in the United States is just getting started, with several decades ahead. More at Denver BizJournal.

Exporting Natural Gas from the Haynesville Shale

Production of natural gas from the Haynesville Shale has been falling in response to low gas prices and more lucrative drilling opportunities. Some believe that the solution is in exporting the gas to Asia where prices are much higher. More at Bloomberg.

Reversing the Flow of Natural Gas?

For over 1/2 century the flow of natural gas in the eastern United States has been from producing areas in the south to consuming areas in the north. Now that the Marcellus Shale is producing tremendous amounts of natural gas and production in the Hay... More at Forbes.

Drilling Dynamics in the Haynesville Shale

New-well natural gas production per rig is up in the Haynesville Shale by about 400% since 2009 - a major gain in productivity. However total gas production from the formation is down because the rig count has fallen severely. Drilling companies have moved their rings out of the dry-gas Haynesville to oil-rich and wet-gas plays in other areas. More at Energy Information Administration.

Production Declines in Natural Gas Wells

Lots of property owners who signed a lease in one of the natural gas shale plays are now receiving monthly or quarterly royalty payments. Many of these people were pleasantly surprised with the size of their first royalty check -- but then shocked to see the size of subsequent checks fall rapidly. What's happening? More at Geology.com.

Shale Sweet Spots and Production Declines

Some people think that a few "sweet spots" are supporting most of the production in the oil and gas shale plays. They point to the huge annual production declines and speculate that the "shale boom" will not last very long. More at USA Today.

Making Diesel and Jet Fuel from Natural Gas

Royal Dutch Shell is in negotiations with Louisiana government to build a plant that would manufacture diesel fuel and jet fuel from natural gas. These products are currently made from crude oil and making them from natural gas would produce a cleaner... More at FuelFix.com.

Putting a Throttle on Natural Gas Production?

Reports of rapidly rising natural gas production from the Marcellus, Utica and other shale formations, even while thousands of completed wells are waiting on pipeline, has some experts predicting a slowdown in drilling activity in anticipation of depre... More at WESA FM.

New Activity in the Haynesville Shale

After starting a rapid activity decline in 2010, the Haynesville Shale which spans between northeast Texas and northern Louisiana is starting to heat up. More at Longview News Journal.

New Interest in the Haynesville Shale

LNG export, gas-to-liquids and manufacturing projects have produced a renewed level of interest in the Haynesville Shale of northern Louisiana. More at TheNewsStar.com.

Foreign Investments in US Shale

Since 2008, foreign companies have entered into 21 joint ventures with U.S. acreage holders and operators, investing more than $26 billion in tight oil and shale gas plays. More at Energy Information Administration.

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Dry Shale Gas Production Growth

Since January 2010, most of the increase in the dry shale gas production in the United States has been generated by the Marcellus Shale and the Haynesville Formation. More at Energy Information Administration.

TCO Appalachia and Henry Hub Gas Prices at Parity

"Natural gas at the TCO Appalachia index has historically been priced about $0.25 per million British thermal units above Henry Hub. However, the spread between these two points in spot markets reflects rough parity now, and in forward markets TCO is priced less than at the Henry Hub." Quoted from the Energy Information Administration website. More at Energy Information Administration.

AASG on Hydraulic Fracturing

"After decades of hydraulic fracturing-related activity there is little evidence if any that hydraulic fracturing itself has contaminated fresh groundwater. No occurrences are known where hydraulic fracturing fluids have moved upward from the zone of fracturing of a horizontal well into the fresh drinking water." Quoted from the Association of American State Geologists statement. More at Association of American State Geologists.


The natural gas industry has prepared a movie, "Truthland", that responds to the HBO movie "Gasland". More at Truthland@YouTube.

Water Quality Where Hydraulic Fracturing is Used

The United States Geological Survey has published: "Water Quality Studied in Areas of Unconventional Oil and Gas Development, Including Areas Where Hydraulic Fracturing Techniques are Used, in the United States." More at United States Geological Survey.

Production Profiles: Shale Play Wells

The EIA Annual Energy Outlook 2012 report includes information about projected average production profiles for shale gas wells in major United States shale plays by years of operation. More at Energy Information Administration.

Shifting Away from the Haynesville Shale

For the past four years the Haynesville Shale has generated economic growth in parts of Louisiana. Declines in natural gas prices have drillers moving their rigs to more profitable targets. More at KLFY.com.

Rouge Fractures

"The chances of rogue fractures due to shale gas fracking operations extending beyond 0.6 kilometres from the injection source is a fraction of one percent, according to new research led by Durham University. The analysis is based on data from thousands of fracking operations in the USA and natural rock fractures in Europe and Africa." Quoted from the Durham University press release. More at Durham University.

Hydraulic Fracturing Isn’t the Problem

"Hydraulic fracturing of shale formations to extract natural gas has no direct connection to reports of groundwater contamination [...] many problems ascribed to hydraulic fracturing are related to processes common to all oil and gas drilling operations, such as casing failures or poor cement jobs." Quoted from the University of Texas at Austin press release. More at University of Texas at Austin.

How Some Drillers Are Responding to Low Natural Gas Prices

An article in The Advocate explores who Encana Corporation and other natural gas drillers are responding to natural gas falling nearly $10 per thousand cubic feet since 2008. More at The Advocate.

Dry Shale Gas Production Trends

The EIA Natural Gas Weekly Update has an interesting graph that tracks the month-by-month dry gas production growth from various shale gas fields in the United States. For example, it shows that production from the Haynesville Shale started to increas... More at Energy Information Administration.

Economic Benefits from the Haynesville Shale

An article on the NOLA.com website reports on the economic benefits that natural gas from the Haynesville Shale as brought to Louisiana. The Shreveport Times website reports on two new reality shows [1] that focus on lifestyle changes brought to the area by natural gas money. [1] http://www.shreveporttimes.com/article/20120120/ENT/201200324/2-new-CMT-reality-shows-feature-NW-Louisiana-residents?odyssey=tab%7Ctopnews%7Ctext%7CFRONTPAGE More at NOLA.com.

Declining Royalty Payments from Natural Gas Wells

Many property owners are very surprised when the royalties that they receive from a natural gas well on their property decline sharply. They are learning about production decline curves. More at Geology.com.

Learning about Oil and Gas Leases

An article in the New York Times reviews some potential rewards and problems that occur when a landowner decides to lease his property for oil and and gas development. Related: Mineral Rights [1] [1] http://geology.com/articles/mineral-rights.shtml More at New York Times.

Oh No! Who Really Owns the Natural Gas in Shale?

Is natural gas part of the shale or is it a fugitive commodity that is not an integral part of any specific rock unit? Will a refined legal definition of natural gas in Pennsylvania overturn thousands of historic leases? More at Business Week.

Waste Water for Hydraulic Fracturing?

In Louisiana, a pipeline carries treated waste water from a paper mill to a natural gas field in the Haynesville Shale. The water is being recycled for hydraulic fracturing instead of being discharged into the Red River. More at UpstreamOnline.com.

Arkansas: Natural Gas Severance Tax Act of 2012

Arkansas has two significant natural gas plays in the Haynesville and Fayetteville Shales. A proposal to significantly increase the natural gas severance tax to 7% has some companies threatening to drill in other states. More at TodaysTHV.com.

Shale Gas and U.S. National Security

The Baker Institute for Public Policy at Rice University has published a report titled: “Shale Gas and U.S. National Security”. “This study assesses the impact of U.S. domestic shale gas development on energy security and U.S. national security, with emphasis on the geopolitical consequences of rising supplies of U.S. natural gas from shale and the implications for U.S. foreign policy.” Quoted from the report summary.

BHP Billiton to Buy Petrohawk for $12 Billion

BHP Billiton, the world’s largest mining company headquartered in Australia, has agreed to purchase Petrohawk Energy for $12.1 billion. Petrohawk is an independent oil and natural gas company with a focus on exploration and production of shale plays within the United States. The company has significant activity in the Haynesville, Lower Bossier and Eagle Ford Shales of Texas and Louisiana.

More in the Petrohawk press release.

Over 100 Injection Wells and 1000 Water Trucks

An article on the ShreveportTimes.com website considers the industry activity and environmental impact associated with the injection of salt water waste produced by drilling for natural gas in the Haynesville Shale.

Chesapeake Energy: Land Acquisition Machine

A post on the Seeking Alpha blog details how successful Chesapeake Energy has been at rapidly leasing enormous acreages in all of the major natural gas shale plays in the United States. They author calls them a “land acquisition machine”.

The Largest Fleet of LNG Trucks

Heckman Water Resources will become the operator of the largest fleet of LNG trucks in North America as they purchase 200 Peterbilt vehicles that will be used to haul water for Encana’s Haynesville Shale drilling operations. Encana will provide the LNG from a mobile refueling station. More in the Oil and Gas Journal.

Which is the Leader? Barnett or Haynesville Shale?

The Energy Information Administration recently reported that production from the Haynesville Shale had surpassed Barnett Shale production. Now, energy statisticians are arguing over the numbers. More at Platts.com.

Aerial View of a Hydraulic Fracturing Job

A photo on the NOLA.com website shows a natural gas drilling pad with twenty high pressure pumping trucks being connected to the well. Haynesville Shale near Mansfield, Louisiana.

Haynesville Shale is the Top Shale Gas Producer

According to an article in the Houston Chronicle, the Haynesville Shale of Louisiana is now producing more natural gas than the Barnett Shale of Texas, running at a rate of about 5.5 billion cubic feet per day.

Side-effects of Shale Drilling

An article in the Houston Chronicle titled: “We Can Minimize Negative Side-Effects of Shale Drilling” explores some ways to mitigate some of the problems encountered in developing the Barnett Shale, Eagle Ford Shale and Haynesville Shale in Texas.

Haynesville Shale Well Drilled to 22,000 Feet in Mississippi

Mainland Resources announced that they spent $9.5 million to drill a Haynesville Shale well to 22,000 feet, recover 21 feet of Haynesville core from a depth of 20,415 feet and set production casing. This was one of the deepest on-shore wells drilled during 2010 and may be the deepest production casing ever set in a gas shale play. The well was drilled in Jefferson County Mississippi.