Some results of a two-year study of the Barnett Shale by the Bureau of Economic Geology at the University of Texas at Austin are scheduled to be released Thursday, a representative of the school says. The study is considered the most comprehensive survey of the field that started the U.S. shale gas boom. The Star-Telegram reported Feb. 12 on some of its findings, including that the field will likely produce about three times the natural gas it has yielded so far, but also that productivity varies widely across the field and individual wells on average might not produce over their lives as much as some producers have estimated. The Star-Telegram's earlier report is here.
-- Jim Fuquay