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Map Of Shale Gas Basins In The United States. Shale Gas Map Page


The following is a United States Department Of Energy map of shale gas formations or shale plays in the U.S.

The following map shows the extent of the shale gas formations in the U.S.

You can see the massive Marcellus shale formation in the northeast, It is going to be drilled for many years to come and be a major source of domestically produced natural gas.

 Estimates are that the Marcellus shale, shown on the map below, may contain over 500 trillion cubic feet of natural gas.  Going west there is the New Albany shale in the Illinois basin, the Barnett shale down in the Fort Worth Basin.

In Louisiana there is the Haynesville shale, that is becoming a major play there. 

In the west there is the Mancos shale in Utah, Hermosa shale, Lewis Shale and Mowry shale. The Eagle Ford shale is a red - hot new play in South Texas that is proving to hold billions of barrels of crude, as well as natural gas. It is shown on maps but is located just along the Texas - Mexico border and extending all the way to East Texas. The Eagle Ford shale is also present in Mexico as well. For a map of the Eagle Ford shale click Here

The map below is not complete due to new discoveries. More shale gas formations can be found on the map below it.  Shale gas maps on this page will be updated as soon as new information is released.

Note that the map of shale gas basins from the U.S. DOE does not show some oil shale formations. The Bakken shale is primarily an oil shale and it is not clearly identified in the Williston Basin of North Dakota.

USGS Map Of Shale Gas Basins In North America

Here is another more map of shale oil and gas plays of North America from the EIA.

shale plays, map of shale plays in North America

Map Of Shale Gas Basins In North America

shale gas basins of north america. source:

Why are shale gas basins or formations  (and mixed shale oil and gas plays)  so important to America's energy future?

Shale gas formations in North America hold trillions of cubic feet of natural gas.  The U.S. has enough reserves of clean natural gas to power our homes and even our vehicles for years to come. She shale basins shown above will be a major source of that natural gas. According to the A.A.P.G. shale gas will account for more than 51% of our gas supply this decade.  In addition to shale gas, many shale formations such as the Eagle Ford and Bakken shale hold crude oil as well. The sixth largest oil discovery made in the U.S. See: for information about this new discovery.  More shale gas maps will be added as new discoveries are forthcoming. 

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