No. The reason being that land is organized by surveys as opposed to townships and the TX. Railroad Commission does not provide timely and easily accessible data as the LA. Office of Conservation. Drilling units in TX. can vary greatly in size and shape. In NW. LA. the units are based on section lines.
We are one below the pink area, right above the "M" in the word Many, when do you think they might start leasing and /or drilling in this area? Does the pink mean they have leased all of the pink area??? What exactly does the pink mean? Thank you Please respond to firstname.lastname@example.org
This is a township grid map. The squares shaded in pink are the townships that have Haynesville Shale Drilling Units. The number in each shaded township is the number of sections with unit orders. Units are not wells and only wells can confirm the presence of producible shale. There is leasing activity in the northern portion of Sabine but not in the Many area that I am aware of. Please review the Petrohawk map discussion on the Main Page. If Petrohawk is correct, the southern extent of quality Haynesville shale is quite a bit north of Zwolle. The Bossier Shale extends somewhat further south but there is insufficient data, IMO, to define the boundary at this time.
A successful unit application results in a Field Order establishing the unit and defining the depth of the formation(s) that the unit covers. There is no "permit". Permits are for wells. A drilling & production unit is good indefinitely and has no associated requirement for development. The formation of a unit usually precedes the drilling of wells but there have been a number of units formed where the shale was thought to be sufficiently productive but later discovered to not be economic. Example, 20N - 16W, 15W, 14W &11W have 16 units of approximately 10,240 acres and one well. The earliest completed wells in the area just to the south in the 19N townships defined the Haynesville Shale in that area of north Caddo and Bossier parishes and rendered the areas further north of lesser interest/value. I highly recommend that those on the edge of the play as currently defined keep this object lesson in mind. The productive shale does not go on forever and not even the most experienced and capable of the shale focused energy companies knows where that boundary exists definitively until a well is drilled. However the northern and northeastern extent of the Play appears known at this time. The eastern and southeastern extent will likely be known later this year. If the Play has any direction of potential growth, it is south and southwest. And the depths, heat and pressure of the shale as it deepens trending south may make development problematic before operators actually reach the end of the Play.
In response to your May 30 comment, might I suggest a second map for the next installment showing Haynesville and comparable 'mislabeled' LCV/CV Stringer and Jurassic active wells and permits broken down by township analogous to that shown above to better illustrate the current productive limits of the play?
Or is this possibly part of the 'subscriber side' of Skip Peel - Independent Landman ('dot com')?
Dion, I think the Snapshot map is history. I have been concerned for some time that it gives an overly general and easily misunderstood perception of the Play. As development is nearing the current economic limits of the shale in a number of areas, I fear that shading entire townships may be misleading. More specific information is becoming available from reliable sources and I would prefer that members utilize that data.
The drilling units utilizing names other than Haynesville but including the HA zone in their depth definitions are already included in the unit totals by township. And my old blog post lists them. Link follows:
Seriously, though, understandable. I do believe you provide an insightful representation with this map, but I did acknowledge your point about non-economic, non-productive areas of the play, and that this leaves room for serious misinterpretation. But you do provide another non-operator driven viewpoint which serves to filter out some of the noise from the E&P companies and their endlessly revised maps which more than a few folks believe are designed not only to show the activity, but enhance and underscore their position in the 'best' position in the play (at least, according to them). Your map shows more of the proof in the pudding.
As exciting as this is, we know that we have a responsibility to do this thing correctly. After all, we want the farm to remain a place where the family can gather for another 80 years and beyond. This site was born out of these desires. Before we started this site, googling "shale' brought up little information. Certainly nothing that was useful as we negotiated a lease. Read More