Brown Dense Begins to Attract Attention
The Brown Dense is a shale formation that stretches across North Louisiana and South Arkansas. As reported in an August 31 post of the Oil and Gas Law Brief, the Brown Dense is a potential new oil play that is attracting substantial interest from the oil and gas industry. Companies have acquired oil and gas leases covering hundreds of thousands of acres in the area where the Brown Dense is located, and are preparing to drill multiple wells this year and even more wells next year.
The Brown Dense is now also starting to attract attention from the mainstream media. Today's Times Picayune carried a story by Richard Thompson that focuses on the Brown Dense. Thompson's story also discusses the Tuscaloosa Marine Shale, a potential new oil play that stretches across central Louisiana, and the Haynesville Shale, an existing natural gas play in northwestern Louisiana. With oil prices remaining high and natural gas prices depressed, many oil and gas companies are expressing more interest in potential oil plays like the Brown Dense and the Tuscaloosa Marine Shale than in natural gas plays.
Below is a map that shows the relative locations of the Brown Dense, the Tuscaloosa Marine Shale, and the Haynesville Shale.