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Shale Gas

Shale is a type of soft rock that is formed over many years from mud and similar materials. Shale gas is produced from this type of rock, and has become a sought-after resource throughout Texas and across the United States, especially in light of recent declines in traditional oil deposits. There are a variety of vast deposits that are located beneath the surface of Texas, and landowners and commercial drilling operations alike are eager to enter into amicable relationships that allow for the lawful drilling and extraction of natural gas that lies within the soft shale rock. An attorney may be utilized in these situations to help foster mutually-agreeable surface use agreements, subsurface oil and leases and more. Following are some of the different shale deposits that exist in Texas.

Types of Shale Gas Deposits in Texas

Eagle Ford Shale
Located in southern Texas within the Laredo, San Antonio and Houston triangle, Eagle Ford Shale consists of oil, wet gas and dry gas at depths of 4,000 to 14,000 feet that can be accessed using modern-day drilling techniques and technologies. This is an exciting area for the future of shale gas due to the extensive amount of natural gas thought to be available there.

Barnett Shale
The first Barnett Shale well was completed in Wise County in 1981. Since then, natural gas deposits in this region have expanded to encompass over a dozen counties in eastern Texas. Recent developments in drilling technology have ushered in a vast increase in oil and natural gas drilling, and many energy companies are actively seeking new oil and gas leases to access the 2.5 trillion cubic feet of natural gas that exists there.

Bakken Formation
The Bakken Formation is a very large source rock found in North Dakota, Montana and part of Canada that has most recently been estimated to contain approximately 18 billion barrels of recoverable oil reserves. These deposits have been largely inaccessible since their discovery and first attempts to drill in 1951, although drilling activity in the area is increasing due to new hydraulic fracturing andhorizontal drilling technologies that have been put into practice.

Haynesville Shale
The Haynesville Shale is a large rock formation across southwestern Arkansas, northwest Louisiana and the eastern portion of Texas that is known to contain estimates of up to 60 trillion cubic feet of natural gas. While the resources locked in the Haynesville Shale have been unattainable for years due to low economic interests and difficulty accessing deposits, recent rising energy costs and advances in lateral drilling and fracking technologies have made this a very viable play.

Legal Support for Drilling and Lease Agreements

Given the massive amounts of oil and gas resources known to be available in various rock formations and shale deposits throughout Texas and across the United States, there is a lot of interest in developing existing opportunities within these areas. The Amaro Law Firm has deep experience working for landowners and commercial drilling operations alike in order to achieve mutually-beneficial arrangements for the extraction of these resources. Our firm can help to create or review legal surface use agreements, oil and gas leases or pipeline leases, and we will always work to the best interests of our clients.