Fayetteville Shale

Arkansas continues to be one of the country’s fastest growing natural gas producers. Marketed natural gas production in the state increased more than five-fold between 2005 and 2015, when it accounted for 3.5 percent of U.S. production. Arkansas’ 1.02 billion cubic feet of production ranked the state ninth in 2015.  

As we look for safe, reliable, domestic sources of energy — we need look no further than the Natural State.  That's right — Arkansas is sitting on top of a veritable "gold mine" known as the Fayetteville Shale formation.  

The Fayetteville Shale has been producing natural gas for the past decade, and is projected to generate thousands of jobs and billions in revenue for the State of Arkansas. In fact, the Fayetteville Shale is one of the highest quality natural gas discoveries in North America in recent years.

The Fayetteville Shale is a tight, finely grained rock formation, estimated at 300 million years old, that ranges in thickness from 50 to 550 feet and in depth from 1,500 to 6,500 feet. The "sweet spot," where geologists believe the rock holds the greatest reserve, is in five central Arkansas counties: Cleburne, Conway, Faulkner, Van Buren and White. 

Previously, vertical wells were used to produce natural gas in Arkansas, but given the depth of the producing shale, and the vast improvements in technology, horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing are now used to extract natural gas.