Eagle Ford shale prospecting with 3D seismic data within a tectonic and depositional system framework

Galen Treadgold, Bruce Campbell, Bill McLain, Steven Sinclair, David Nicklin
2011 The Leading Edge  
The Eagle Ford Shale in South Texas is one of the more exciting shale plays in the United States at the current time. Recently published reports of well tests describe gas well rates exceeding 17 mmcf/d and oil well rates in excess of 1500 bopd and unconfirmed rates of 2000 bopd. Acreage lease rates continue to climb as more positive results come from drilling within the trend. A key issue for the exploration companies is finding where to focus acreage acquisition and optimize drilling plans
more » ... e drilling plans for optimal gas and oil recovery. Our paper will first consider the geologic context of the Eagle Ford and then look at the geologic drivers for locating a productive well. With improved understanding of local rock properties, focus shifts to geophysical techniques, in particular, comparing and contrasting the value of seismic attributes in building a successful exploration plan.
doi:10.1190/1.3535432 fatcat:yoyer46mejfh5ootfkv7pkleya