In a conference call devoted to its activities in the Haynesville shale and Deep Bossier plays in Louisiana and East Texas, Calgary-based EnCana Corp. also dropped a few nuggets about its thoughts on the Middle Bossier shale. The company noted that the Middle Bossier shale, which lies just above the Haynesville, achieves a thickness of about 180 feet across much of its Louisiana acreage position. Gas-in-place numbers are similar to the Haynesville. EnCana said that production rates from vertical wells in the Middle Bossier shale are very good, and that it has a horizontal well that is producing 3- to 4 million cubic feet per day from a lateral stimulated with eight stages. It expects the well’s performance will compare favorably with its Haynesville completions. This year, the company will drill a number of tests across its acreage position to probe the Middle Bossier shale. In EnCana’s view, this shale has the potential to parallel and be as significant as its Haynesville position. --Peggy Williams, Senior Exploration Editor, Oil and Gas Investor Contact me at