The Haynesville Shale, found in East Texas and Louisiana, last week surpassed the Marcellus for total number of active drilling rigs. That’s the first time the Haynesville has had more active rigs than the Marcellus since 2011–six years. What’s up with the “sleepy” Haynesville? It’s not so sleepy anymore.
Last year one of the biggest and best drillers in the Marcellus, Range Resources, paid $4.4 billion to buy out and take over a Louisiana driller (see Range Resources Buys Louisiana Driller in Deal Worth $4.4B). Range drills in the Terryville Field in Louisiana, which sits just over top of the Haynesville.
This year Range is spending 34% of their capital expenditure budget on Louisiana drilling–money that could have been spent in the Pennsylvania Marcellus. Why is the Haynesville picking up again…