The Barnett Shale is more than 7,000 feet below the surface and is comprised of dense non-permeable rock. According to Dr. Ken Morgan, a geologist at Texas Christian University, “Solid hard rocks that are 7000 feet down don’t subside. You have more than a mile of solid rock that holds it all up. Subsidence occurs when you have loose, soft materials like in Houston (sands, clays, etc.) but not in cemented hard rocks like the Barnett Shale.”
In November 2006, eight of the leading energy companies operating in the Barnett Shale joined forces to become the founding members of the Barnett Shale Energy Education Council. As founding members, these companies are dedicated to promoting energy education and best practices as they relates to oil and gas leasing, drilling, production, transportation and marketing in the Barnett Shale. Founding members, as well as any subsequent companies who choose to join the BSEEC, are subject to abide by a set of core principles intended to set a high standard of ethics and operating procedures in the Barnett Shale region.
Founding Members of the BSEEC
Newark Energy & Beacon E&P
Atlas Barnett, LLC
Pioneer Natural Resources