Larry Lunardi, vice president of Chesapeake Energy, gave a talk on Monday at the RMAG/DGS 3-D seismic symposium in Denver. He spoke after lunch to a tremendous crowd--attendance was 768, the largest in the event's 14-year history. Lunardi updated the group on Chesapeake’s work at DFW airport. The airport lease is the single largest contiguous lease in the Barnett play, and covers 25 square miles. It’s in the heart of the Barnett play, where the shale is up to 500 feet thick. Chesapeake firmly believes in 3-D seismic, and wanted to acquire a survey over the huge property. In addition to the usual facilities one might expect at an airport—terminals, runways, tarmacs, maintenance buildings, hangers—the lease includes a country club, lake, toxic waste disposal site, and a SWAT training facility. DFW handles some 2,000 flights during daytime and about 200 at night, so Chesapeake carried out its seismic acquisitions in the dark. It shot a 35-square-mile 3-D survey in five phases. In addition to the usual seismic permits, the company also had to acquire permits from the FAA and Homeland Security agencies. Total cost of the survey was $4 million. The seismic is mainly used to avoid drilling hazards such as large-scale faults. At present, Chesapeake runs five rigs at DFW, and has drilled 50 wells. It launched its campaign on the airport’s north end and has worked around to its west side. Production from DFW is currently 60 MMcfpd, from 35 wells. During the next two years, Chesapeake expects to reach peak production of as much as 250 MMcfpd. It's a fantastic example of urban E&P! --by Peggy Williams, Senior Exploration Editor, Oil and Gas Investor Contact me at