Gregory Bull / Associated Press
You have a youthful and inexhaustible drive for success, much like North Dakota's prolific Bakken Shale. At times, your boundless energy is hard to contain and creates problems for your superiors. But what you lack in maturity, you make up for in productivity. You believe you are destined for the big time, and your many fans agree.
Location: North Dakota and Montana
New well production [June 2014]: 505 barrels of oil per day; 513 thousand cubic feet of natural gas per day
Proved reserves : 3.2 billion barrels of oil
[Photo: A worker hangs from an oil derrick outside of Williston, N.D.]
Brian van der Brug / McClatchy-Tribune News Service
You never follow the crowd. When everyone's telling you your goal is impossible or your demands are too high, you just double down. There's no risk too big for you. Even California's Monterey Shale.
[Photo: Pump jacks and other equipment are seen after a storm in Kern County, Calif.]
Jerry Lara / San Antonio Express-News
Eagle Ford Shale
You're an extrovert and trendsetter who, like your shale soul mate -- the Eagle Ford in South Texas -- is popular with everyone. You never leave your home, or your fancy corner office, without a designer outfit, a well-coiffed mane and a charming smile. But while you make friends with everyone, you're status conscious and only spend time with those who have the means to make hefty investments in you.
Location: South Texas
New well production [June 2014]: 476 barrels of oil per day; 1.2 million cubic feet of natural gas per day
Proved reserves : 3.4 billion barrels of oil; 16.2 trillion cubic feet of natural gas
[Photo: The Immaculate Conception Catholic Church steeple is seen beyond oil pump jacks in Panna Maria, Texas.]
James Nielsen / Houston Chronicle
Pity those who count you out. Like Madonna, Seabiscuit or Louisiana's Haynesville Shale, you are the quintessential comeback kid. Just when it seems you are out for good, you come back for more. For those who have the patience to put up with your mood swings and often difficult personality, you promise big rewards. Don't worry -- that boiling feeling inside of you is more than just hot air.
Location: Louisiana, Arkansas and East Texas
New well production [June 2014]: 23 barrels of oil per day; 5.3 million cubic feet of natural gas per day
Proved reserves : 17.7 trillion cubic feet of natural gas
[Photo: A drilling rig site south of Shreveport, Louisiana.]
You love a good challenge and never shy away from a fight. Some might even call you a troublemaker. That's why the contentious region in the Northeast -- the Marcellus Shale -- is a rocky formation after your own heart. While detractors think you and your bloated ego are just full of gas, you are ready to go toe-to-toe with those who doubt your value. And there are many.
Location: Pennsylvania, New York, Ohio and West Virginia
New well production [June 2014]: 30 barrels of oil per day; 6.5 million cubic feet of natural gas per day
Proved reserves : 72 million barrels of oil; 42.8 trillion cubic feet of natural gas
GEORGE BUSH PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY / NYT
Like the Permian Basin in West Texas, you've seen a lot of ups and downs in your days -- and let's face it, you've had a lot of days. But because of your age and experience, you remain a leader and people know they can always count on you to come through. Even in your youth, you were wise beyond your years. In business, you are smart and cautious, valuing the tried-and-true route to success.
Location: West Texas and New Mexico
New well production [June 2014]: 132 barrels of oil per day; 295 thousand cubic feet of natural gas per day
[Photo: A young George W. Bush poses during a trip with his father to the oil fields of Midland, Texas in the mid-1950s.]