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Inclined Towards The Cline

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Richard Mason, Technical Director
June 1, 2012

The oil and gas renaissance under way in the Permian Basin now involves an issue of Shakespearean proportions. Picture the balcony scene from Romeo and Juliet where Romeo, a Montague, espies Juliet, a Capulet—two star-crossed lovers from families in a long-running Hatfield-McCoy dispute. Would a rose, Juliet asks, smell as sweet under any other name?

So it is with the Cline shale, the latest in a series of new horizontal tight-oil plays revitalizing the Permian Basin.

At issue is nomenclature. Pick a stratigraphic column, any column. Where does the Pennsylvanian-Permian ...

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