Propageddon: Chesapeake “Unleashes Hell” with Sand in LA Gas Well

Chesapeake EnergyLast week Jason Pigott, vice president of operations for Chesapeake Energy, addressed analysts at a conference and disclosed that the company ran an experiment by pumping 25,000 tons (i.e. 50 million pounds) of sand down a single shale well bore. Incredible! And they found by doing so that output from the well was 70% higher than it normally would have been. Sand acts as a proppant to “prop open” cracks and holes in the fractured rock, allowing gas trapped in small pockets to escape. Chessy is calling the experiment “propageddon.” Catchy. At the conference Pigott said, “What we’re doing is unleashing hell on every gas molecule downhole.” Strong words! The well they tried it with is located in Louisiana. We highlight this story because what they learn there will no doubt come to the Marcellus/Utica as well…

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