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The Fayetteville Shale is a geologic formation of Mississippian age (354–323 million years ago) composed of tight shale in Arkansas. It is named for Fayetteville, Arkansas and requires hydraulic fracturing to release the natural gas contained within.
The formation holds natural gas in a fine grain rock matrix which requires hydraulic fracturing to release the gas. This process was formerly cost prohibitive, but has become more economical with developments from the Barnett Shale in North Texas in the fields of hydraulic fracture and horizontal drilling.
- Robert T. Ryder, Fracture Patterns and Their Origin in the Upper Devonian Antrim Shale Gas Reservoir of the Michigan Basin: A Review, US Geological Survey, Open-File Report 96-23, 1996, accessed 3 November 2009.