Louisiana Oil Field and Oil Wells
Louisiana makes up a critical component of the Gulf Coast refining hub, with the second-most number of operable refineries behind Texas, at 16. It is also home to the Henry Hub, the location where natural gas is priced and delivered as it marks the intersection of more than a dozen pipeline systems.
In Janurary 2013, Louisiana ranked 7th among U.S. states in crude oil production, producing just over 6 million barrels of oil throughout the month. Despite its lucrative onshore oil resources, the majority of Louisiana’s production comes from the Outer Continental Shelf located off the southern coast. In fact, the first offshore well ever drilled “beyond sight of land” was off the coast of Louisiana.
However, this production is not included in Louisiana’s state production figure cited earlier because this production technically occurs on Federal land.
Louisiana’s natural gas history is equally lucrative. Federal and state offshore and onshore gas production ranks only behind Texas. This gas is used to power and feed one of the country’s largest chemical industries.
Notable Crude Oil and Natural Gas bearing formations in Louisiana:
- The Nacatoch Sands, part of the middle formation of the Navarro Group, consists of a dense marine sandstone and mudstone created from prehistoric life forms and geological movement. The Nacatoch Sands are classified as being part of the Upper Cretaceous System of the Navarro Group. The Nacatoch Sands can be divided into nearshore and offshore deposits. Nearshore sequences include deltaic deposits of the northwestern part of the basin, which have formed two net-sand highs. Sand formations of the offshore facies are elongated, with lower boundaries and abrupt upper limits which consist of muddy sands and mudstone. These sands are calcitic, glauconitic, fine-to-medium-grained and contain many shell fossils. The Nacatoch Sandstones in Louisiana are considered to be shallow formations.
- The Haynesville Shale goes by other names, including the Shreveport and Louisiana Shale. Located in Northwest Louisiana, the Haynesville has only recently been getting attention by oil and gas professional as an unconventional shale gas formation that is said to be similar to the Barnett Shale. It is widely believed that the Haynesville was formed during the Jurassic period.
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