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  • Urban drilling in the Barnett shale


    Ryan Stricklin, Jeff Coburn and Sally Charpiot

    The pursuit of hydrocarbons usually involves technologies that enable economical access and recovery of ever-more-challenging reservoirs. So, typically an article like this would discuss technologies that overcome challenging conditions such as extreme depths, temperatures, pressures and rock density. In the Barnett shale, however, where three decades of advancements have expanded the reservoir boundaries and extended drilling activity, there is a new twist for technology. Where urban growth and reservoir meet, it is imperative that the operational and technological solutions proactively address social responsibility and community interests.

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