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Unconventional Resources

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Unconventional hydrocarbon resources, such as shale gas, tar sands, tight gas sandstones, cherts, carbonates, and low-pressure gas are and will continue to be important hydrocarbon resources for the future of Texas.

Shale gas is one of the most active exploration plays in Texas with prospects ranging from far West Texas to the Fort Worth Basin. This play is affecting large areas of State Lands in West Texas.

Low-pressure gas recovery has yet come into play of its own because it has combined complex geological, engineering, financial, and legal problems.

Much work needs to be done to bring this valuable gas resource to the attention of operators.

Project STARR is conducting preliminary studies on low-pressure gas to promote this resource as it should have a great impact on production of gas from State Lands.

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