The Barnett Shale
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According to the Barnett Shale Energy Education Council, the 24-county field encompasses 5,000 square miles in North Texas and is the largest and most developed onshore natural gas field in the state and, what many experts believe, in the United States.
Although it was first discovered in 1981, it wasn’t until the late 1990s that it became commercially productive to drill the Barnett Shale due to fracture technique breakthroughs necessary to penetrate the tight shale.
While the Barnett Shale is predominantly a natural gas