Barnett Shale Natural Gas Can Help Clean Up the Air
BY ED IRELAND, PH.D
For a natural gas field in North Texas that barely existed 10 years ago, the Barnett Shale demonstrates a compelling case for drilling. Did you know that the number of natural gas wells that are producing, or have produced, natural gas in the Barnett Shale is 15,675 according to the Powell Shale Digest and the Railroad Commission of Texas. In 2010, the time period that the report covers, these 15,000+ wells were producing a total of almost 5.5 million cubic feet of natural gas per day. That is a whopping 8.5% of total natural gas production in the United States, based on 2010 production numbers from the United States Energy Information Administration (EIA).