Haynesville Shale Play

The discovery of the Haynesville Shale Play has been compared to the gold rush as companies scramble to lease land and obtain mineral rights in the area. This shale area, estimated at over 3 million acres, extends from northwest Louisiana into east Texas.

Crafton Tull provided surveying for pipeline right-of-way acquisition in the Haynesville Shale Play area of DeSoto, Bossier, Caddo, and Red River parishes in Louisiana. Our team surveyed over 1.5 million linear feet of natural gas pipeline routes. We prepared acquisition documents on over 100 sections based on section breakdown computations using Bureau of Land Management (BLM) procedures and boundary evidence located in the field. Using original government notes and plats, USGS quadrangle sheets, and recent aerial photography, we provided evidence that original corners were located, flagged, and documented for precise location by GPS and Trimble robotic equipped field personnel.

The terrain is made up of dense piney woods and wetlands, requiring extensive topographic surveys of levees, roads/highways, creeks, and major rivers. The project included staking the right of way, writing and recording legal descriptions for acquisition, and drafting required exhibits. Our team prepares the ownership parcel map deliverable, which includes land and parcel boundaries, ownership and record title data, pipeline location, and acquisition tract dimensions. The entire operation, including data preparation and transmission, is conducted on a GIS platform – AutoCAD Civil3D.