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Barnett Shale

The Barnett Shale is a vast deposit of natural gas that is located beneath over a dozen counties in northeastern Texas, and currently accounts for 6% of total natural gas production in the United States. This valuable natural energy resource was discovered in 1951, but has been largely inaccessible because of an inability to drill vertically in surface area cities such as Dallas and Fort Worth or in other areas where other circumstances do not allow for a vertical well. Due to recent technological advancements in the areas of hydraulic frackingand lateral drilling, however, the large deposits of gas located in these regions can now be extracted at completions up to 8,000 feet.

Because natural gas is locked within the shale itself, it can only be released through high pressure and heating. This is generally accomplished by pumping immense amounts of liquids and materials into the rock itself, causing fractures that allow for the gas to be released. Fracking can be controversial, however, and so it is important to have a skilled lawyer at your service who can keep you abreast of the rules and regulations regarding these new means of drilling in the Barnett Shale. One of the most critical concerns about hydraulic fracturing is the fact that its flowback water can poison water supplies if inappropriately executed. This is a serious matter and requires the highest degree of attention for commercial drilling operations that can only use this method as a means of extraction.

Oil and Gas Leases in the Barnett Shale

The Amaro Law Firm consists of a team of accomplished attorneys who have in-depth knowledge concerning oil and gas law, as well as the various regions in Texas where oil and gas drilling operations are underway such as the Bakken Formation, the Haynesville Shale,Eagle Ford Shale and Barnett Shale. Our firm has developed dependable surface use agreements and oil and gas leases throughout these regions and in others. We are detail-oriented, thorough and will explore every possible option to protect you from a potential breach of contract by making sure the terms of your contract are acceptable and in your benefit.