(originally published in the Oil & Gas Law Brief on October 10, 2011)
The areas of the country with ongoing or contemplated shale gas production continue to increase in number. The North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has launched a study of possible shale gas production. The study was prompted by a geological survey
that shows the potential for shale gas production from the Triassic Strata of the Deep River Basin in the central part of the state. The survey discusses a shale that stretches across approximately 25,000 acres at depths of less than 3000 feet in Lee and Chatham Counties.