Your Questions Answered
Are you someone who has questions about what hydraulic fracturing is, what happens to water, air and waste in the process of exploration and development activities; as well as, wonders about pipeline safety in comparison to railway and trucking transportation of petroleum and crude products?
As part of ongoing statewide educational efforts, several non-proift and trade associations have come together to provide factual information about oil and gas operations to the public, local leaders, and elected officials. The oil & gas industry continues to work closely with communities and state and local officials to raise awareness about operations and to share information about the operations and to share information about the extensive precautions taken to maintain the safety of workers, local communities, and the environment.
Take a look at this free online educational publication to answer questions about oil & gas development and its economic impact throughout the state.
Oil and natural gas affect our everyday lives in countless ways. Together, they supply more than 60 percent of our nation’s energy. We often associate oil and natural gas with only the frequently discussed uses: fuel for vehicles, heat for our homes, etc. But did you know that oil and natural gas also play a role in generating the electricity we use daily? Or that crude oil is the foundation for everything from our kitchen appliances to the clothes we wear to the bottles we drink out of?
To view an interactive map diagramming the path of oil and gas from well to consumer, please click here.
The Permian Basin
West Texas is home to the Permian Basin, one of the most prolific oil and gas producing formations in the United States, if not the world. It is a sedimentary basin that reaches from just south of Lubbock, Texas, down through Midland/Odessa, and extends westward into the southeastern part of the adjacent state of New Mexico. The Permian Basin contains one of the world's thickest deposits of rocks and comprises several component basins: of these, Midland Basin is the largest, Delaware Basin is the second largest, and Marfa Basin is the smallest. The Permian Basin sits beneath an area approximately 250 miles wide and 300 miles long and consists of multiple “stacked” layers of recoverable oil and gas reserves. The cities of Midland and Odessa serve as the headquarters for oil and gas activity in the basin. Check out this infographic by Crude Energy for a snapshot of activity in the Permian Basin.
The Cline Shale
The Cline Shale is one of the deepest targeted formations in the Permian Basin region at a depth of roughly 9,000 feet and covering well over 1 million acres east of Midland/Odessa. The Cline is part of the larger Wolfcamp formation and extends below 12 West Texas counties not previously associated with the greater Permian Basin: Scurry, Fisher, Howard, Mitchell, Nolan, Borden, Glasscock, Sterling, Coke, Reagan, Irion and Tom Green counties. The depth and maturity of the deposits give the Cline a promising potential with some estimates pegging the total reserves around 30 billion barrels; however, it is a newly identified formation with recoverable reserves still in the early stages of exploration.
For a comprehensive resource on oil and gas activity including: mapping, analytics, acreage, permitting, production, etc. visit Drillinginfo.
You can also head on over to our page on well data for additional resources to identify activity happening in your area.