The North American Shale Resource: Characterization of Spatial and Temporal Variation in Productivity

  • Qudsia Ejaz
  • Francis O’Sullivan
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Earth System Sciences book series (LNESS)


Between 2005 and 2012, U.S. natural gas production from ultra-low permeability hydrocarbon-prone mud rock formations, often referred to as the “shale resource” [1], increased 20-fold to more than \(570\,\mathrm{{Mm}}^{3}\) per day, and now accounts for \({\approx }{33}\,\%\) of total U.S. gas output. These developments have had a profound impact on the U.S. energy sector.


Horizontal Well Cold Spot Horizontal Length Unconventional Resource Well Performance 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.MIT Energy InitiativeMassachusetts Institute of TechnologyCambridgeUSA

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