What’s the word on the Austin Chalk?

How about mixed? Good, trou­bling and confusing results make ‘mixed’ the best term to employ in describing recent news flow about the greater Chalk. The leg­acy play arcs across the Gulf Coastal plain from near the Mexican border on the west to an emerging play just east of the Mississip­pi River. Chalk history is fascinating, with the play producing almost 1 billion barrels of oil in its 50-year history and more than 4 trillion cubic feet of natural gas.

Chalk interest was revived once again last year, first in the emerging play on trend near the intersection of Mississippi and Louisi­ana, east of the Mississippi River, where Marathon Oil Corp., ConocoPhillips Co. and EOG Resources Inc. were involved in a big acreage land grab.

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