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Barnett Shale Goes Global

Total SA enters into $2.25 billion deal



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    Some gas drilling will be done by a French company in the Barnett Shale.

    Chesapeake Energy has signed a deal giving the subsidiary of French oil giant Total SA access to approximately 270,000 acres of land in the Barnett Shale.

    Total E&P USA is acquiring a 25 percent interest in Chesapeake's Barnett shale assets for $800 million in cash.

    Total is also paying an additional $1.45 billion to help fund 60 percent of Chesapeake's share of drilling and completion expenses.

    Total is the world's fifth-largest oil and gas company with operations in more than 130 countries and has over 96,00 employees.

    Chesapeake is the second-largest producer in the Barnett shale, which the company says is the source of half of all natural gas production in the U.S.