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Fayetteville Shale

Fayetteville Shale Orientation:



The Fayetteville Shale, is a black, organic-rich rock of Mississippian age that underlies much of northern Arkansas and adjacent states. It produces natural gas in the central portion of the Arkoma basin. The productive wells penetrate the Fayetteville Shale at depths between a few hundred and 7000 feet below the surface and at elevations of between a few hundred feet above sea level and 7000 feet below sea level.

The first wells to produce natural gas from the Fayetteville Shale were traditional vertical wells with low to moderate production rates. However, in the past several years vertical wells have been drilled down to just above the Fayetteville Shale, turned, and drilled horizontally through the rock unit. These horizontal wells intersect large numbers of vertical fractures which bring a flow of gas into the well and drain the surrounding rock. Fractures are also induced by pumping pressurized fluids down the well bore to fracture the rock unit. These additional fractures enhance the permeability of the Fayetteville Shale and allow more efficient gas production.


Other Shale Resources

Fayetteville Shale News:

  ShaleBlog.com, a blog tracking developments in the Fayetteville and other shale plays.

Marcellus Shale:

   Similar to the Fayetteville. The Marcellus Shale is a new gas resource of the Appalachian Basin.

Haynesville Shale:

    Similar to the Marcellus. This shale has triggered a new natural gas rush in northern Louisiana.

Barnett Shale:

    Here's where it all started. The Barnett Shale of Texas was where the hydrofrac and horizontal drilling techniques were first mastered for tight shale reservoirs.

Oil and Gas Jobs

Oil and Gas Job Opportunties:

  Multiple shale plays happening across the United States have triggered an enormous demand for skilled workers and trainees.

Fayetteville Shale Drilling
Fayetteville Shale Gas Well
The productive potential of the Fayetteville Shale was not fully realized until horizontal drilling and hydrofracing technologies were demonstrated in other unconventional shale reservoirs. The hydrofracing process helps liberate gas from the shale and horizontal drilling allows a single well to drain a much larger volume of rock than a traditional vertical well.

Mineral Rights Information
mineral rights
Mineral Rights give a person or an organization the right to explore for and produce mineral resources from a property. Here's a short article that covers the basics.


Unconventional Gas Technology:

A "white paper" by Schlumberger, the well service company. Explains how hydraulic fracturing is used to stimulate production in tight gas shale reservoirs. (large .pdf file)

How Much Water is Needed?

         Frac jobs require a lot of water. Here's some experience on water needs from the Barnett Shale of Texas..
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Fayetteville Economics

Governor's Comments:

  Governor Mike Beebe comments on the Fayetteville Shale and the potential economic impact that it might have on Arkansas.

Estimate Your Royalty
Natural Gas Royalty Estimate
Natural Gas Royalty Estimator:   Enter data from your lease agreement and make a few assumptions. Unoffical estimates of your annual royalty payments.

Well Production Data
Well production data
Fayetteville Shale Well Production Data:   Spreadsheets of data listing well-by-well production data. From the State of Arkansas Oil and Gas Commission.

Gas Lease and Royalty

Gas Lease Forum:

   Knowledge is power when you receive an offer to lease your land. Find out what others are being offered and share advice at this forum.

Natural Gas Lease Database:

    See how much was paid as a signing bonus to numerous landowners in most counties. Includes transaction date, signing bonus per acre, term of lease, royalty rate and number of acres. Share your information anonymously to help others.

National Association of Royalty Owners:

  The only national organization representing, solely and without compromise, oil and gas royalty owners interests.

Wellhead Price of Natural Gas:

    Current and historical price data from the US Energy Information Administration.

Gas Lease Blog:

    Information on natural gas development and leases.

Glossary of Natural Gas Leasing Terms:

  Look up definitions to understand your lease or whatever you are reading.

Gas Leasing FAQ's:

  Some of the best questions answered right here.

Fayetteville Shale Maps
Central Arkansas Fayetteville Shale Map
Central Fayetteville Shale Map: Well location map for the central, most intense area of the play. This is a large PDF map, by the Arkansas Geological Survey.
Eastern Arkansas Fayetteville Shale Map
Eastern Fayetteville Shale Map: Well locations for the eastern area of the play. PDF map, Arkansas Geological Survey.
Western Arkansas Fayetteville Shale Map
Western Fayetteville Shale Map: Well locations for the western area of the play. PDF map, Arkansas Geological Survey.

Wellhead Price History
Natural gas prices
The wellhead price of natural gas changes in response to market and political forces.
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