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Geology of the Voca Frac Sand District
February 27, 2014 | Arizona Geological Survey Repository

“One of Texas’ major frac sand production areas is near Voca, Texas, where sands are produced from the Cambrian Hickory Sandstone on the northwestern flank of the Llano Uplift.” Quoted from the Arizona Geological Survey Repository.

Related: What is Frac Sand?

Drilling Slows in the Barnett Shale
January 5, 2014 | Star-Telegram.com

Drilling in the Barnett Shale of Texas is at its lowest level since 2000. There are currently only about 25 rigs operating there, compared with over 2000 during the 2007-2008 peak.

Production Declines in Natural Gas Wells
November 24, 2013 | Geology.com

Lots of property owners who signed a lease in one of the natural gas shale plays are now receiving monthly or quarterly royalty payments. Many of these people were pleasantly surprised with the size of their first royalty check — but then shocked to see the size of subsequent checks fall rapidly. What’s happening?

Shale Sweet Spots and Production Declines
November 6, 2013 | USA Today

Some people think that a few “sweet spots” are supporting most of the production in the oil and gas shale plays. They point to the huge annual production declines and speculate that the “shale boom” will not last very long.

Refining Bakken Oil in Philadelphia??
October 3, 2013 | Reuters

Philadelphia Energy Solutions is proccessing about 20% of the crude oil produced from the Bakken Formation. It is being shipped by train from North Dakota oil fields to the refinery outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

George Mitchel
July 28, 2013 | Jackson School of Geoscience on Geology.com

We normally do not report obituaries. George Mitchel, pioneer of producing natural gas and oil from tight shale formations passed away at the age of 94. Here is an article about his work from 2008 by Marc Airhart, Jackson School of Geosciences.

Foreign Investments in US Shale
April 18, 2013 | Energy Information Administration

Since 2008, foreign companies have entered into 21 joint ventures with U.S. acreage holders and operators, investing more than $26 billion in tight oil and shale gas plays.

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