Eagle Ford

Eagle Ford Shale Description ImageThe Eagle Ford shale formation in South Texas runs from the US-Mexico border north of Laredo in a narrow band extending northeast for several hundred miles to just north of Houston. It is located directly below the Austin Chalk. The average thickness of the Eagle Ford shale is about 475 feet. The more active part of the region is mainly in McMullen, Maverick, Dimmit, La Salle, Karnes, Live Oak, and Atascosa counties. The formation produces both natural gas and oil, but it is the oil-producing and gas condensate areas that are hottest right now.

Houston-based Apache Corp. and EOG Resources are two of the largest lease-holders in the Eagle Ford. Other major players include Petrohawk, Swift Energy, ExxonMobil, ConocoPhillips, Murphy Oil, Chesapeake, Cabot Oil & Gas, and Pioneer Natural Resources.

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Eagle Ford Shale News

Panelists at Houston forum say shale enthusiasm must be kept in perspective

Dec 13, 2013

HOUSTON, Tex.—The idea that the US can achieve energy independence through the exploitation of shale resources may make a good talking point for politicians, but industry experts cautioned against buying into the notion at a recent forum in Houston.

Flint Hills, environmental groups reach accord on West refinery expansion

Dec 12, 2013

Flint Hills Resources has agreed to implement additional emissions-reduction measures and more-stringent monitoring for proposed projects aimed at increasing processing capabilities for Eagle Ford crude at its 230,000-b/d West refinery in Corpus Christi, Tex.

Marathon to ramp up US resource play activity

Dec 11, 2013

Marathon Oil Corp. plans to accelerate its US resource play activity and market its North Sea assets in 2014, the company said at its analyst day in New York.

Devon Energy to buy Eagle Ford assets for $6 billion

Nov 20, 2013

Devon Energy Corp. has reached a definitive agreement to purchase Eagle Ford assets from Woodlands, Tex.-based independent GeoSouthern Energy for $6 billion in cash. The transaction is expected to close in first-quarter 2014.

EPP begins operations on eighth Mont Belvieu NGL fractionator

Nov 19, 2013

Enterprise Products Partners LP (EPP) has started operations on its latest 85,000 b/d natural gas liquids fractionator at the partnership’s Mont Belvieu, Tex., complex.

Deloitte: US shale production boosts midstream growth

Nov 19, 2013

US production from unconventional oil and gas production is driving demand for midstream infrastructure, and more consolidation of midstream companies is likely, the Deloitte Center for Energy Solutions said in a report released Nov. 19 at the 2013 Deloitte Oil & Gas Conference in Houston.

Calumet lets contract for Eagle Ford crude line construction

Nov 6, 2013

Calumet Specialty Products Partners LP’s wholly owned subsidiary Calumet San Antonio Refining LLC has signed TexStar Midstream Logistics LP to build, own, and operate a 30,000 b/d crude oil pipeline system that will supply at least 10,000 b/d of Eagle Ford shale crude oil to Calumet's San Antonio, Tex., refinery.

Southcross’ Eagle Ford natural gas lateral nears completion

Oct 11, 2013

Southcross Energy Partners LP reported that its 15-MMcfd rich-natural gas lateral pipeline extending its McMullen County, Tex., system further into the Eagle Ford shale will be completed this month.

Kinder Morgan to expand KMCC line in Eagle Ford

Oct 9, 2013

Kinder Morgan Energy Partners LP (KMEP) reported signing an agreement with a large Eagle Ford shale producer to extend the Kinder Morgan Crude and Condensate (KMCC) pipeline farther into the Eagle Ford shale in South Texas.

Fracing Without Fluid Removes Water from Unconventional Resource Mix

Oct 1, 2013

An unconventional frac job requires 5 million gal of water on average. About 50-80% of this amount will flow back to surface within the first few weeks of production.

South Texas county addresses disposal concerns

Oct 1, 2013

FRIO COUNTY, Tex.—Drilling for oil and gas has been limited in Frio County, yet it has the largest population of wells for wastewater disposal, or wastewater injection, in South Texas.

Plains, EPP to expand Eagle Ford crude pipeline

Sep 19, 2013

Plains All American Pipeline LP and Enterprise Products Partners LP have agreed to expand their 50-50 Eagle Ford joint venture crude oil pipeline.

Sonangol to buy offshore Angola interest from Marathon Oil

Sep 10, 2013

Sonangol EP agreed to buy Marathon Oil Corp.’s 10% interest in offshore Angola Block 32 for $590 million, and Marathon said it also plans to buy 4,800 net acres in South Texas Eagle Ford for $97 million.

URTeC: Wolfcamp play dwarfs Bakken, Eagle Ford

Aug 12, 2013

“The Spraberry Wolfcamp could possibly become the largest oil and gas discovery in the world,” said Pioneer Natural Resources Co. Chief Executive Officer Scott Sheffield while speaking Aug. 12 at the Unconventional Resources Technology Conference (URTeC) in Denver.

PwC US: Eagle Ford, Marcellus most active shale plays for 2Q M&A

Aug 7, 2013

Transactions involving unconventional oil and gas assets remained a key driver for deal activity in the second quarter, and midstream shale assets values beat upstream shale deal total for a second consecutive quarter, PwC reported in an analysis of industry’s merger and acquisition activity.

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