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  1. The Elevation of Tex-Mex
    Mico Rodriguez
  2. The Bounty of the Barnett Shale
    Kelcy Warren
  3. The Entrepreneurial Woman
    Tomima Edmark
  4. The Growth of the Vietnamese Community
    Jennifer Nguyen
  5. The Founding of Uptown
    Phil Cobb
  6. The Changing Face of Politics
    Craig Watkins
  7. The Brain Gain
    Dr. Hao Zhu
  8. The Four Sport Town
    Mike Modano
  9. The Underground Culture
    Katherine Owens
  10. The Catholic Migration
    Father Ivan Asencio
  11. The Organized South Asian Community
    John Hammond
  12. The Next Way to Develop
    Jeff Blackard
  13. The Allure of the Silicon Prairie
    Anousheh Ansari
  14. The lighting of Reunion Tower
    George Schrader
  15. The New Old Tradition
    Jennifer Moreno
  16. The Test Kitchen
    Mariel Street
  17. The Art Magnet
    Kevin Moriarty
  18. The Glamorous Return of Dallas Shopping
    Brian Bolke
  19. The Strengthening of the Gay Community
    Jack Evans and George Harris
  20. The Resurgence of Downtown Dallas
    Art Ortiz
  21. The Megachurch Boom
    Ed Young
  22. The Fundraisers
    Lynn McBee
  23. The Refuge
    Pedro Amaya
  24. The Reason Dallas Took Off
    Ron Barzyk
  25. The Girl Who Stayed Home
    Erykah Badu
  26. The Preservation of Our Historic Buildings
    Virginia McAlester
  27. The Thriving Ethiopian Community
    Birhan Mekonnen
  28. The New Dallas ISD
    Jessica Leija
  29. The Rebirth of the Trinity River
    Peter Payton
  30. The Trains Start Running
    Ladrika Davis Gross
  31. The Architect of an Art Scene
    Stephen Lapthisophon
  32. The Calculator That Changed the World
    Vonnie Howard
  33. The Rise and Fall and Rise of Deep Ellum
    Frank Campagna
  34. The Big Move
    Kendra Norwood
  35. The Expanding Empire in Fort worth
    Scott Hernandez
  36. The Family Recipe
    Chuy Cruz
  37. The Transformation of Oak Cliff
    David Spence
  38. The Now-Legal Immigrant
    Jesus Castillo Carrizales
  39. The City of Philanthropists
    Lyda Hill
  40. The Transplants
    Tara Vornkahl
00 The Bounty of the Barnett Shale Wednesday, May 21, at 6:26pm in Klyde Warren Park

Kelcy Warren

Geologists found the Barnett Shale, a rock formation that underlies a 25-county area of North Texas, in the early 20th century. An abundance of natural gas sat trapped in that dense rock, but no one thought it could be recovered economically until George Mitchell started drilling wells in 1981, eventually working out a new method called fracking that tapped shale reserves all over the country.

To date, the Barnett has produced 14 trillion cubic feet of natural gas, generating thousands of jobs and billions of dollars in tax revenue. It has also helped make more than one North Texan spectacularly wealthy. 

While the wildcatters drilled, Kelcy Warren built a company to transport that treasure of hydrocarbons. His Energy Transfer Partners and its associated firms now own 70,000 miles of pipeline, employ 26,000 people, and reach far beyond the Barnett. The guy who grew up in the tiny East Texas town of White Oak, the one who himself had to weld pipes after he flunked out of UTA, he now owns an island in Honduras. Forbes says the 58-year-old is worth $5.8 billion.

The easiest way to feel the Barnett’s impact? Spend a day in Klyde Warren Park, the green space that spans Woodall Rodgers and has helped undo some of the damage caused by that concrete canyon. Warren ponied up the naming gift, a reported $10 million, and made his son the eponym. 

Warren says he saw his son growing up with a handicap that he didn’t have. He lacked a sense of responsibility. So a stipulation of his gift was that Klyde, now 12, would have to volunteer in the park. The park reflects on the boy. The boy’s actions reflect on the park, on the now famous name. 

“I’ve asked them to give him as demeaning a job as he can get,” Warren says. “I wish he had to pick up dog poop every day. Time will tell. I think it’s going to take me another 15 years before I can say, ‘Here, world. Here’s an adult.’ ”

  • Jim Schermbeck

    “The easiest way to feel the Barnett’s impact?” Spend a say in the Vintage neighborhood in Denton.