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September 2010
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On August 24 and 25, Director Scott Tinker hosted a group of leaders from around the world for a roundtable discussion on driving forces of demand for natural gas in world markets today. The Natural Gas Demand Roundtable was the second in a two-part series supported by a grant from the Sloan Foundation. The aim of the series was to closely examine natural gas supply and demand in the U.S. and globally and consider key questions and opportunities regarding the growing role of natural gas in global energy markets. Participants from industry, government, and academe included Charles S. Whitmore, Anas Alhajji, Ruud Weijermars, John Browning, Richard Jones, Robert Bryce, Brannin McBee, Gurcan Gulen, Ken Medlock, Scott W. Tinker, Ben van den Brule, William L. Fisher, Svetlana A. Ikonnikova, Ted Greenwood, Barry Smitherman, Jim Simpson, and Steve Foster.

Comprehensive results of the STARR-funded project on the Woodbine Group reservoirs of East Texas field have just been published in BEG Report of Investigations No. 274, Sequence Stratigraphy, Depositional Facies, and Reservoir Attributes of the Upper Cretaceous Woodbine Group, East Texas Field. Tucker Hentz is the volume editor, with separate articles senior-authored by Hentz, Bill Ambrose, Bob Loucks, and Fred Wang. The collective objective of the four papers is to detail primary attributes and controls on the

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field’s reservoir framework—chronostratigraphy, depositional facies, and character and quality of Woodbine reservoir sandstones—and their influence on fluid flow, incompletely swept reservoir zones, potential bypassed pay, and deeper pay zones. East Texas field, discovered in 1930, has been the most productive oil field in the U.S. lower 48 states and the second-most-productive field in the country. The report presents both a modern approach to characterizing the geology of the still-productive field and development of the field from a historical perspective.  

 

 

 
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