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The objectives of this chapter are threefold: (1) to provide a historical perspective on considerations of pervasive tight-gas accumulations, (2) to provide some observations on the present understanding of these accumulations, and (3) to anticipate where the industry is headed in the future.

From 1979 to about 1987, various workers (industry, government, and academe) discussed pervasive tight-gas accumulations and established important relationships for source rock, maturity, expulsion and migration, pressures, rock quality, and fluid content. Their main conclusion was that the hydrocarbons in these reservoir systems were dynamic and not static as in conventional structural and stratigraphic traps. The...

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