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.

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janis carter - December 8, 2011 2:56 PM

do you lease any land in ashley county for the purpose of drilling for oil/gas? if so we are interested in information on this subject.

Kris Stafford - December 16, 2011 4:51 PM

I'd like information on what companies will be drilling these wells, so I can figure out what instrumentation companies will be doing the finish up work. I am currently working in the Eagle Ford Shale in Beeville, Texas, but would love to get closer to home, Camden, Arkansas.

Keith B. Hall - December 16, 2011 4:57 PM

Southwestern and Devon are a couple of the companies with operations in the Brown Dense. Southwestern also is active in the Fayetteville Shale.

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