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Gas Well Drilling & Production in Grand Prairie
The Barnett Shale
Types of Permits in Grand Prairie
Environmental Concerns with Gas Well Drilling
City Review and Inspections
Drilling for Natural Gas
Gas Leases & Royalties
Gas Drilling Leasing Practices
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Phases of Exploring and Producing Natural Gas in the Barnett Shale

  • Thumper Truck
    Phase 1: Seismic Phase

    The Seismic Phase is the process of acquiring 3-D seismic information to evaluate the subsurface. “Thumper Trucks” are used during this process.

  • Drilling for Overview
    Phase 2: Drilling Phase

    The Drilling Phase is the process of constructing the drill site area and drilling through the subsurface. Typically a well takes 20 to 45 days to drill.

  • Fracturing for Overview
    Phase 3: Completion Phase

    Completion Phase is the process of fracture stimulating or "fracking" the well to allow the natural gas to flow. It can take 3 to 4 days to fracture and complete the well for production.

  • Production Tree
    Phase 4: Production Phase

    Production Phase, the quiet, long-term phase, is the process of producing the natural gas from the well and transporting it via pipelines to market. A wellhead or “Christmas tree” is placed on top of the existing well site to control and regulate the flow of gas. This phase can last approximately 30 to 50 years.

  • Abandonment
    Phase 5: Abandonment Phase

    Abandonment Phase occurs once production is complete. The well is plugged, all of the equipment and debris is removed from the site, and the site is abandoned.