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Tuscaloosa Marine Shale Mississippi

The Tuscaloosa Marine Shale covers an area of approximately 5,900 square miles across the Gulf Coast Region of Louisiana and Mississippi.

Tuscaloosa Marine Shale Companies

Significant operators within the Tuscaloosa Marine Shale are:

  • Amelia Resources
  • Denbury Resources
  • Devon Energy
  • Encana
  • Encore Acquisition (Denbury Resources)
  • Goodrich Petroleum

Tuscaloosa Marine Shale Geology

The Tuscaloosa Marine Shale is from the Cretaceous age. The Tuscaloosa Group is represented by three units with a marine shale that forms the middle unit. The midlle unit, the Tuscaloosa Marine Shale, is found at depths that vary from 9,000 to 14,000 ft, with a formation thickness from 500 ft to over 800 ft.

The Tuscaloosa Marine Shale is comprised of gray and black shale, with sand present in some areas. Generally, the formation gets thicker as you move down dip. The upper Tuscaloosa is a sand and clay formation, while the lower Tuscaloosa is also known as the Stringer Sands and Massive Sands formations.  A 1998 report by LSU’s Basin Research Institute estimated the Tuscaloosa Marine Shale might hold over 7 billion barrels of oil.

Tuscaloosa Marine Shale Location

The Tuscaloosa Marine Shale is located in the following Mississippi counties:

  • Adams County, MS
  • Amite County MS
  • Franklin County MS
  • Pike County MS
  • Walthall County MS
  • Wilkinson County MS

Additional Reading

  • Oil & Gas 101 – General information for mineral rights owners.
  • Tuscaloosa Marine Shale Louisiana – Short article describing geology, location & counties within the Tuscaloosa Marine Shale of Louisiana. Written for oil and gas mineral rights and royalty owners in LA.

Cash Payment for Your Royalty

If you own a producing royalty in this area and would like to consider a no obligation cash offer for your producing royalties, use this sale inquiry form.