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Shale gas

  1. 1. SHALE GASU.S. Abundance and Importance: Powering Employment
  2. 2. Shale Gas Gas that is trapped in Shale Formations (fine- grained sedimentary rocks) Hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling are vital to the production of Shale Gas The U.S. gas industry has been revitalized due to production of Shale Gas
  3. 3. Shale in the U.S. In 2011, 94% of gas consumed in the U.S. was domestically produced The U.S. should be in a position to predominantly consume domestic gas for several years due to Shale Gas Production The projected growth in Shale development should boost natural gas production nearly 29% in 25 years
  4. 4. Uncertain Prospects Production-tests have only occurred on a small portion of shale formations There is uncertainty over the long-term productivity of shale gas wells since a majority are less than a year old Advancements in well drilling and completion technology are still being developed Projected rates of production range from 26.1 trillion cubic feet to 34.1 trillion cubic feet
  5. 5. Where is Shale Gas? Shale “plays” – shale formations containing significant amounts of natural gas For over a decade, production has occurred at the Barnett Shale play in Texas The Marcellus Shale in the eastern U.S. is also important
  6. 6. U.S. Shale  Antrim Shale  Gothic Shale  Barnett Shale  Haynesville Shale  Caney Shale  New Albany Shale  Conesauga Shale  Pearsall Shale  Fayetteville Shale  Devonian Shales  Chattanooga and Ohio Shales  Floyd Shale  Marcellus Shale  Utica Shale  Woodford Shale
  7. 7. Economics of Production Unlike conventional gas, shale gas forms in organic-rich shale rock with low permeability that inhibits gas flow compared to more permeable reservoir rock Natural gas does not flow to the well rapidly therefore commercial quantities cannot be produced When hydraulic fracturing is used in conjunction with horizontal drilling, shale gas is extracted economically To learn more about hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling: ; Horizontal Drilling
  8. 8. Shale Gas and the Environment The following concerns exist and are continuously addressed by corporations and governments  The use of water affecting its availability for other uses  Potentially hazardous chemicals in hydraulic fracturing fluid  Waste water produced from fracturing
  9. 9. Highlight – Marcellus Shale New Marcellus Pipeline, Processing Project Strengthens Philadelphia-Pittsburgh Connection Sunocos Marcus Hook Plant Gets Boost from Marcellus Shale Project Marcellus Shale Coalition
  10. 10. Employment Natural Gas Powering Employment In the past decade, more than 30 states saw a 50% increase in oil and gas employment If you are interested in pursuing a career, but don’t have any experience, visit ShaleNET for a full list of Approved Training Providers in New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia
  11. 11.  For oil and gas employment opportunities visit