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Antrim Shale
United States


Location  Upper Devonian age in the Michigan Basin, in the US state of Michigan, and extending into Ohio and Indiana.
Assessment Year  2005
Area  39,000 square miles
Reserves  7 trillion cubic feet of gas
Thickness  60 - 220 feet
Formation Details  Antrim shale is brownish-black shale that overlies the Traverse Formation. The formation was previously known as the St. Cleric Shale in Michigan, and the Genessee Shale in Indiana. The formation is called the Kettle Point Formation in Ontario, and is the stratigraphic equivalent of the New Albany Shale in the Illinois Basin. It is overlain by the Bedford Shale, and underlain in some areas by the Jordan River Formation, and elsewhere by the Thunder Bay Limestone.
Production Activity  Although the Antrim Shale has produced gas since the 1940s, the play was not active until the late 1980s. During the 1990s, the Antrim became the most actively drilled shale gas play in the US, with thousands of wells drilled. Original gas content ranges from 40 to 100 standard cubic feet per ton. To date, the shale has produced more than 2.5 TCF from more than 9 thousand wells. Most natural gas production is in Antrim, Crawford, Montmorency, Oscoda and Otsego counties. In 2007, the Antrim gas field produced 136 billion cubic feet of gas, making it the 13th-largest source of natural gas in the United States.
Notes  The shale mainly produces methane (CH4) with minor amounts of CO2.

Projects and Work Interests

Linn Energy Operations in Antrim Shale (Low)
LINN Energy targets Antrim Shale Formation located in northern Michigan in two fields Lewiston and Traverse City. The company acquired the Antrim project from two wholly owned subsidiaries of HighMou...

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