Texas Study Points To A Longer Natural Gas Boom
By Wade Goodwyn
There are few things in life more joyful than discovering a giant oil or natural gas field in Texas. You’re suddenly rich beyond your wildest dreams. When the scope and size of the natural gas reservoir in the Barnett Shale in North Texas first became apparent, there were predictions that the find would last 100 years.
Well, that was over the top. But University of Texas geology professor Scott Tinker, who designed and authored a new study of the Barnett Shale, says there’s still a lot of gas down there, even after a decade of drilling.
“Turns out, what we learned is that there’s a lot of good rock left to drill,” Tinker says. “And there’s quite a bit of natural gas to be produced in the better areas of the reservoir.”
Tinker and his team, who examined more than 15,000 gas wells drilled over the past 10 years, found the Barnett Shale is currently producing an astonishing 2 trillion cubic feet of natural gas every year. Tinker doesn’t believe this rate will increase, but he believes the reservoir will last another 25 years.
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