Excerpt:  "Standard Lithium Ltd. (“Standard Lithium” or the “Company”) (TSXV: SLI) (NYSE American: SLI) (FRA: S5L), a leading near-commercial lithium company, is pleased to announce that, as part of its significant resource expansion work in the East Texas Smackover region, it has sampled, to the best of its knowledge, the highest confirmed lithium grade brine in North America, with a grade of 634 mg/L lithium. In Standard Lithium’s experience, the grade of lithium in brine used for Direct Lithium Extraction (DLE) has a meaningful impact on both capital expenditures and operating costs in connection with the extraction process, with a higher grade typically resulting in lower overall costs.


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Excellent article!

Skip, you addressed the question I had after reading these interesting articles and then overlaying the Smackover Formation maps with Haynesville Formation maps. It does appear there is quite a bit of overlap to the untrained eye but none of these articles mention any Haynesville (NW Louisiana) Lithium potential. South Arkansas and South East Texas appear to be the focus currently. It will be interesting to see in the coming months/years whether NW Louisiana holds any commercial level concentrations. I guess we will know when mineral leasing letters start showing up in the mail again.

The overlap seems to be where the Haynesville is sand.  The shale is too far south.  Of course USGS and other government agencies still occasionally state "the Haynesville Shale in LA, E TX and S AR...".  Sometimes I try to remind them that there is no producing Haynesville Shale within 30 miles of the AR/LA line.  I don't think they pay any attention.  Cass County has had some CV development but no shale.  It's good to know that they may benefit from the bromine/lithium play.

Where in Cass County is your land?   We got a similar Jesse proposal (havd nit accepted).  In the addendum the length of lease is cut down to 15 years which is better than 24. 
Still waiting to hear more. 

I own mineral rights in Panola and Rusk Counties.  I always get mail from companies wanting to buy the rights, but they are vague and I usually don't pay much attention.  But suddenly I'm getting VERY large offers for my rights in one particular unit which has not been all that prolific in producing natural gas or oil.  I wonder whether it's because of the possibilities of lithium extraction.  Anyone else experiencing this?

Pam, your question is better posted in the county groups.  When you a post on a Main Page discussion, members who are following or have posted in that discussion will get an email notice of your new reply.  Those that have done neither would have to stumble upon the discussion and read through the entire thread to see your question.

When you post a discussion to a "group" page, every member of that group gets an email notice of the new discussion.  This is particularly important for Rusk but also if worth posting in Panola.  Since you have joined both of those county groups you can cut and paste your question above into a new discussion on each of those pages.  That should get the attention of many more members especially those with interests in Rusk since there has been so little activity there.  Use these links:



I appreciate your help, Skip.  Thanks!

You're welcome, Pam, however I think you should start a new discussion as opposed to simply posting a comment in the group's comment section.  Suggest that you do that in Rusk and then see if our comment on the Panola page draws any responses.

As those who follow this post are aware, oil and gas exploration in Texas is regulated by the Texas Railroad Commission.  Deep brine aquifers (Smackover Formation), from which brine is being leased to extract lithium, has an incomplete regulatory framework.  SB 1186, by Senator Bryan Hughes, has passed the Texas Legislature and was signed by Governor Abbott effective May 27, 2023.  The Texas Railroad Commission now has  jurisdiction over brine mining including the authority to regulate brine production and brine injection wells. Having rule making authority, the Texas Railroad Commission should be publishing permitting regulations.


Wall Street Journal - June 2, 2023 - The Surprising New Source For Lithium Extraction


Thanks, Joe.  Media interest is ramping up.  Lithium represents the new interest but brine has been used to produce bromine and other essential products for years.  Might brine end up being more valuable than oil in the right locations?

It will be interesting to see how lithium production may vary over time from any one well. Are mineral concentrations uniform throughout any water zone? Do they change over time as pressure / reservoir is depleted?

Can water production volumes be maintained to get the lithium yields that are required to allow a well / project to be economic?

Curious geologic minds want to know! 


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