Fayetteville Shale

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.

In addition to providing a stable, affordable supply of energy, the Fayetteville Shale also promises to provide significant economic benefits for the state.  According to a 2008 University of Arkansas study, Fayetteville Shale could generate as much as $19.9 billion and more than 11,000 jobs for the Arkansas economy through 2012.

Learn more about the economic benefits that Fayetteville Shale holds for Arkansas.  

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