Executive Summary

Natural gas production in the Barnett Shale region of Texas has increased rapidly since 1999, and as of June 2008, over 7700 oil and gas wells had been installed and another 4700 wells were pending.

Gas production in 2007 was approximately 923 Bcf from wells in 21 counties. Natural gas is a critical feedstock to many chemical...

On June 7, 2010, in Cleburne, TX, in a tragic accident, an electric transmission company worker punctured a natural gas pipeline leading to the death of the worker and injuring at least eight others.

In light of this terrible event, it is important to understand how each of us can keep our neighborhoods safe by protecting pipelines.

Recent public debate within the...

MYTH: Drilling rigs will be a permanent feature of the Fort Worth landscape.

FACT: It typically takes 20-30 days to drill a well in the Barnett Shale. However, depending on the area, multiple wells may be drilled consecutively on one site. When drilling is completed, the drilling rig is removed.

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The Barnett Shale is generating thousands of new jobs throughout much of North Texas in a wide variety of career fields. The booming national gas industry continues to create new opportunities for engineers, geologists, accountants, geologists, truck drivers, field workers, administrative staff, accountants, welders, landmen, mechanics, equipment operators … the list is practically endless....

While the positive economic impact of the Barnett Shale on North Texas is becoming clear--thousands of new jobs and billions of dollars injected into the economy, insulating North Texas from the national economic downturn--there are also many questions.

One is the use of water for drilling in the Barnett Shale.

Know this:  Best practices in the energy industry...

Given rising gas prices and growing instability in key oil-producing regions of the world

, it is increasingly obvious that the United States must aggressively promote the use of alternative energy sources while at the same time expand the production of oil and natural gas here at home.

Here’s why: over the past two decades, the growing demand for energy in the U...

Classroom Energy!

The American Petroleum Institute's website offers teachers and students with multi-media interactive tools and games to understand energy and its effects.

www.classroom-energy.org

National Energy Education Development (NEED) Project.

This is a national network of students, educators, and business,...

Pipeline development is important for the future of the Barnett Shale and the U.S. energy supply.

Natural gas production from the Barnett Shale is increasingly important to the U.S. natural gas supply and our country’s energy independence.  Currently, about 5 percent of one of the nation’s most domestically abundant and cleanest energy source is produced in the region, and as production...

Given rising gas prices and growing instability in key oil-producing regions of the world, it is increasingly obvious that the United States must aggressively promote the use of alternative energy sources while expanding the production of oil and natural gas at home.

Here’s why: Over the past two decades, the growing demand for energy in the U.S. has exceeded domestic supplies of...

For most people, geology is a field that falls somewhere between doing laundry and undergoing root canal on the personal interest scale. But for North Texas residents, geology has become the hot topic of the day. Read the PDF version.

Ed Ireland recently spoke about the drilling process at the Gas Lease Forum for the City of Euless. Watch the video here.

The United States may be slipping into a recession, but the economy in Texas, and especially North Texas, is expected to remain robust, due in part to the natural gas drilling in the Barnett Shale.

This activity has helped the Texas oil and gas industry return to the heights not seen since the early 1980s energy boom. The result is the creation of many new jobs and a...

A one hour long documentary on the Barnett Shale is being filmed and produced by Chris Quinn and CA Media, Inc. of Fort Worth.

 

Proceeds of the DVD go to the Barnett Shale Energy Education Council.

Updated Economic Impact of Barnett Shale

Activity in the Barnett Shale is contributing more money and more jobs to the local economy than was estimated just one year ago. Dr. Ray Perryman, founder and president of The Perryman Group, reported in his speech at the opening of this year’s Barnett Shale Expo that the economic impact of the Barnett Shale...

The booming energy business is creating thousands of new jobs and business opportunities across the Barnett Shale region, which covers 18 counties and 5,000 square miles in North Texas. The United States may be slipping into a recession, but the North Texas economy remains robust, in large part due to the natural gas drilling and related activity in the Barnett Shale.

This activity...