Texas Eagle Ford drilling, production spooling up

The Eagle Ford shale play in South Texas has attracted more than 3,100 permitted locations since Petrohawk Energy Corp. revealed the first discovery in October 2008, the Texas Railroad Commission said. Ninety percent of the Eagle Ford drilling permits approved by the commission since 2007 were issued in 2011. The commission's web site describes the play as being roughly 50 miles wide and extending some 400 miles from the Rio Grande River into East Texas. The commission has designated 30 Eagle Ford producing fields but has consolidated them into 16 fields covering parts of 24 counties (see map). There were 368 Eagle Ford producing oil leases in 2011 compared with 72 in 2010 and 40 in 2009...

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