How many more major shale fields remain to be discovered and tapped in the United States?
Starr Spencer at Platts' The Barrel blog thinks it's likely lots more significant shale discoveries will be made in the very near future.
Spencer: "Five years ago, the Eagle Ford Shale hadn’t even been discovered, at least not officially. Although a few companies were out there quietly working the field, it was Petrohawk Energy that announced a gas find there in October, 2008. By that time, other shale fields had already been discovered — the Haynesville in Louisiana, a gas field; the Bakken oil field in North Dakota; and of course, the granddaddy of them all, the Barnett in North Texas which sparked the widespread move by operators to shale exploitation in the early 2000s, although the field’s first wells were drilled in the early 1980s.
" ... If industry took such a flying leap both technologically and geologically in the last five years, can you imagine what the next five years will hold? Is it really possible, given the astonishing pace of change in the oil industry, that all the major fields have really been discovered?
"Just ask the people who guffawed at the first horseless carriages, saying they would never catch on. Or the silent-film mogul who said: 'Who would want to see a movie that talks?' You can bet a theater ticket they all lived to eat their words."
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Chesapeake Energy Corp,the Oklahoma-based firm is the No. 1 driller in Ohio.
Rig Count Interactive Map by Baker Hughes, an energy services company.
Shale Sheet Fracking, a Youngstown Vindicator blog.
The Ohio Environmental Council, a statewide eco-group based in Columbus.
Earthjustice, a national eco-group.
People's Oil and Gas Collaborative-Ohio, a grass-roots group in Northeast Ohio.
Concerned Citizens of Medina County, a grass-roots group.
No Frack Ohio, a Columbus-based grass-roots group.
Fracking: Gas Drilling's Environmental Threat by ProPublica, an online journalism site.
Pipeline, blog from Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Marcellus shale drilling.
Allegheny Front, environmental public radio for Western Pennsylvania.