Fayetteville Shale

Arkansas' proved crude oil reserves are minor, but the state holds almost 3% of the nation's natural gas reserves and is one of the top 10 natural gas-producing states in America.

Gross withdrawals of natural gas in Arkansas increased dramatically beginning in 2008, mainly from horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing in the Fayetteville Shale, which is the current focus of shale gas exploration in Arkansas and accounts for most of the state's production.

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 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.