2008 Joint Meeting of The Geological Society of America, Soil Science Society of America, American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, Gulf Coast Association of Geological Societies with the Gulf Coast Section of SEPM

Paper No. 13
Presentation Time: 11:00 AM

Prospecting for Shale Gas

BOWKER, Kent A., Bowker Petroleum, LLC, PO Box 131866, The Woodlands, TX 77393, kabo@bowkerco.com

Successful Barnett-type shale gas-reservoirs share many geologic attributes. The amount of gas in place, the composition of the gas in place, and the mechanical properties of the prospective shale are the keys to a successful prospect. The depositional and tectonic histories of the prospective basin control these factors, of course. A good understanding of the rocks that are adjacent to the prospective shale, e.g., porosity, water saturation, and ability to contain a hydraulic fracture treatment of the prospective shale reservoir, is also necessary for a successful exploration program. The histories of the development of the Barnett Shale gas reservoir (very successful) and the Floyd/Neal Shale (so far unsuccessful) are useful to help explain how the understanding (or misunderstanding) of these geologic factors affects the outcome of a shale-gas exploration program.