Natural Gas Intelligence
Wildfires Menace Texas Production

Monday, September 12, 2011

With much of drought-stricken Texas being ravaged by wildfires, the energy industry has its eyes on infrastructure that could be threatened by flames and potential production shut-ins. However, production volumes from fire-afflicted Texas counties "seem unaffected so far," Bentek Energy LLC said in a note Friday.

"Bentek's sample of production receipts from East Texas and [the] Haynesville [Shale] has not yet shown a distinct decline in production receipts that could be directly attributable to the fires," the firm said.

However, some fires have erupted around the perimeter of Haynesville counties. The Haynesville, which is in East Texas and Louisiana, produces a little more than 5 Bcf/d, according to Bentek.

However, the wildfire situation is worse in Texas than in Louisiana or Oklahoma, Bentek noted. Fires have burned in Harrison County, one of the Haynesville Shale's core Texas counties, and in the non-core counties of Gregg, Marion, Nacogdoches and Rusk, Bentek said Friday.

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