Tuesday, June 5, 2012


#Fracking (Links)

How Hydraulic Fracture mining works or "Fracking":

"What is Fracking" in partnership with: Sierra Club, Buckeye Forest Council, National Wildlife Federation, Environment Ohio, Center for Health, Environment & Justice

"Hydraulic Fracturing Facts" (copyright Chesapeake Energy Corporation)  (all Chesapeake Energy Corporation links are currently unavailable HTTP error 503)

United States domestic hydraulic fracture mining operations leased by Chesapeake Energy Corporation

Chesapeake Energy Corporation Areas of Operation (Domestic)

Shale Gas Plays"We currently own approximately 2.2 million net acres in our natural gas shale resource plays in the U.S. on which we have identified approximately 13,250 net drilling locations to develop 10.4 tcfe of total proved reserves and approximately 56 tcfe of risked unproven resources. Five of these natural gas shale plays are listed below."

Marcellus Shale -  "Named for a distinctive outcrop near the village of Marcellus, New York in the United States, it extends throughout much of the Appalachian Basin."

Marcellus Shale Coalition 

Marcellus Shale - Appalachian Basin Natural Gas Pla
New research results surprise everyone on the potential of this well-known Devonian black shale.

Marcellus-Shale.us "Your top Marcellus Shale Gas Drilling Source"

Department of Environmental Conservation New York
Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement (SGEIS) for natural gas exploration in the Marcellus Shale 

Critics question Marcellus Shale gas researcher... via Associated Press
"...Timothy Considine was lead author on a shale gas report recently issued by the University at Buffalo and a previous report from Penn State University. Critics say both reports presented research in misleading ways and failed to fully disclose funding sources..."

Natural Resources Defense Council
"The rapid expansion of natural gas drilling across the nation endangers human health and the environment."

**Utica Shale found below Marcellus belt

Haynesville Shale"The Haynesville Shale is an informal, popular name for a rock formation that underlies large parts of southwestern Arkansas, northwest Louisiana, and East Texas."

Louisiana Dept of Natural Resources
"What is Haynesville Shale all about?"

"All things pertaining to leasing, drilling, production, and mineral rights"

Haynesville Shale
"The Haynesville Shale, is a black, organic-rich shale of Upper Jurassic age that underlies much of the Gulf Coast area of the United States. "Haynesville Shale" is a drillers term for shale rock units within the Haynesville Formation."

Haynesville Play
Haynesville Shale rig count, operator or leaseholder name, gase prices etc.

Haynesville Play information

Louisiana Gas and Oil Association

Bossier Shale - "The Haynesville/Bossier Shale is a hydrocarbon producing geological formation that may be capable of deliverying large amounts of gas. It is located in East Texas and Western Louisiana. The core counties appear to be Panola, Harrison and Shelby."

OilShaleGas.com on 
Bossier Shale play and Haynesville play relatively 

Bossier Shale: The Natural Gas Source The Market Doesn't Need

Presentation on Bossier Shale

Bossier Shale Drill Rig Counts

University of Texas Libarary
High Resolution maps (in .pdf format) of Bossier Shale Play

RSS capture for all things shale hydraulic fracture mining

The Haynesville Play (Bossier Data)
Comprehensive drill and acre count for Bossier shale play

Barnett Shale  "The Barnett Shale is known as a "tight" gas reservoir, indicating that the gas is not easily extracted. The shale is very hard, and it was virtually impossible to produce gas in commercial quantities from this formation until recent improvements were made in hydraulic fracturing technology and horizontal drilling, and there was an upturn in the natural gas price."

Barnett Shale Maps
"A collection of maps and charts of the Barnett Shale natural gas bearing formation in north central Texas from a variety of sources.These maps and charts are displayed for educational purposes only. Some of the maps may be incomplete or out of date." 

Powell Shale Digest 
"The Powell Shale Digest (formerly the Powell Barnett Shale Newsletter) of news and research provides current information on the technology and events in major U.S. shale plays including, but not limited to, the Bakken/Three Forks, Barnett, Eagle Ford, Fayetteville, Haynesville/Bossier, Marcellus, Monterey, Niobrara, Tuscaloosa Marine, and Utica, as well as other issues that impact the oil and gas industry."

(I realize only four are listed, but that's what's listed on Chesapeake Energy Corporation's website.)

Next I'll be taking a look at related industries for hydraulic fracture mining including; oil sand recovery, crystal silica mining, natural gas transportation, and the refining process involved for each step. 

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