Shale Boom: The Barnett Shale Play and Fort Worth (Paperback)

Shale Boom: The Barnett Shale Play and Fort Worth By Diana Davids Hinton Cover Image
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Shale Boom describes how independent oilman George P. Mitchell developed technology that would unlock trillions of cubic feet of natural gas in the North Texas rock formation known as the Barnett Shale. When he succeeded, other oilmen used it to uncover vast reserves, prompting a gas boom extending through twenty-one North Texas counties including the Fort Worth metropolitan area. The boom created enormous wealth, but brought drilling rigs into urban neighborhoods and created safety and environmental concerns, especially with respect to the fracking technology necessary to produce gas. As the new technology was adapted to develop shale in other areas, controversy over it became national and global. Overall, however, what happened in the Barnett Shale meant profound changes for the future of petroleum at home and abroad.

About the Author

DIANA DAVIDS HINTON is professor of history and holds the J. Conrad Dunagan Chair of Regional and Business History at the University of Texas of the Permian Basin. She has a PhD in history from Yale University, and, with Roger M. Olien, is coauthor of six books on the history of the American petroleum industry.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780875656854
ISBN-10: 0875656854
Publisher: Texas Christian University Press
Publication Date: July 23rd, 2018
Pages: 192
Language: English