Haynesville-Bossier Shale

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Haynesville-Bossier Shale

Area: Louisiana

The Haynesville Shale play was first discovered in 2008 by Chesapeake Energy. Located throughout east Texas, northwest Louisiana, and southwest Arkansas, this rock formation is an of average 200-300 feet thick, lies between 10,500 to 13,000 feet under the earth’s surface, and is about 9,000 square miles in size. The richest segment of the play is in Louisiana, specifically in the city of DeSoto Parish, where most of the drilling operations are focused. The play lies just below a layer of Bossier Shale, which is a separate formation but has led to the Haynesville-Bossier name. Bossier Shale has also been used to develop natural gas.

Drilling began in 2008, using new techniques such as directional drilling and hydraulic fracturing to tap into the area’s large amounts of natural dry gas. This play mainly produces dry gas and natural gas, though there are several crude oil and NGL pipelines that traverse the area. The area is over-pressurized, which creates incredibly high production rates initially but can lead to decline rates as high as 85% after the first year. As the second largest natural gas field in the U.S., Haynesville-Bossier Shale significantly affected the industry and helped drastically lower natural gas costs. It provides nearly 10% of all U.S. gas production, providing 6.2 billion cubic feet of gas per day. This play also helped change the natural gas industry, leading local mineral owners to share information about leasing, payments, and production results through an online forum, GoHaynesvilleShale.com.

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