Barnett Shale:

The Barnett shale is located in North Central Texas, in the Fort Worth Basin. While it was discovered in 1950, the Barnett shale is considered to be a very “tight” reserve, and it wasn’t commercially feasible to extract natural gas in large quantities until the 1980s. At this time, advances in technology—including hydraulic fracturing (fracking) and horizontal drilling—became more readily available and the price of natural gas increased, making the Barnett Shale a viable option for commercial natural gas production.

Thought to have one of the largest producible reserves of natural gas resources in the US, the Barnett shale also has oil reserves in lesser qualities. Through the Dallas, Texas laboratory and nationwide laboratory network, Pace offers the analytical testing services required by this resource-rich shale play, including:

  • Water: wastewater, groundwater, surface water, frac water and drinking water
  • Solids: soil, sludges and sediments
  • Waste: hazardous, non-hazardous and industrial
  • Radiochemistry
  • Air: PM-10, VOCs PAHs and more
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