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

Plains to expand Bone Spring, Permian takeaway capacity

Jun 17, 2011

Plains All American Pipeline LP is undertaking a construction and expansion project serving the Bone Spring play in the Delaware basin of West Texas.

NuStar, Velocity partner to ship Eagle Ford condensate

Jun 27, 2011

NuStar Logistics LP and Velocity Midstream Partners have signed a letter of intent to develop a pipeline system transporting west Eagle Ford shale condensate from Velocity's Gardendale hub to NuStar's North Beach Corpus Christi, Tex., terminal facility.

Mitsui joins SM Energy in Eagle Ford shale

Jun 29, 2011

A subsidiary of Mitsui & Co. Ltd. will acquire a 12.5% working interest in the nonoperated Eagle Ford shale position of SM Energy Co., Denver.

Meritage Midstream expands South Texas gathering line

Jul 15, 2011

Meritage Midstream Services LLC, Golden, Colo., plans to build a rich-gas gathering system, the Cuervo Creek Pipeline, in Webb County, Tex.

Cabot to sell gas assets in Green River basin

Jul 28, 2011

Cabot Oil & Gas Corp. agreed to sell its producing natural gas assets and acreage in Wyoming, Colorado, and Utah to an undisclosed third party for $285 million. The assets being sold are primarily in Wyoming’s Green River basin.

PWC: Shale plays help drive US M&A activity

Aug 11, 2011

Upstream and midstream assets associated with shale plays helped drive US oil and natural gas merger and acquisition activity during the second quarter, PWC US reported.

Alberta: Daylight obtains large Duvernay position

Aug 12, 2011

Daylight Energy Ltd., Calgary, said it owns and controls more than 130,000 net acres in Alberta in the Duvernay shale play.

ZaZa Energy, Toreador discuss merger details

Aug 17, 2011

The pending merger of Toreador Resources Corp. and ZaZa Energy LLC will result in a combined company operating in the South Texas Eagle Ford play and the Paris basin in France.

Texas: Melbourne firm to spud first Eagle Ford well

Sep 22, 2011

Austin Exploration Ltd., Melbourne, will soon spud its first Eagle Ford shale well on a 93.5% owned, 5,000-acre prospect in Burleson County, Tex.

India's GAIL to buy Eagle Ford shale gas-condensate assets

Sep 29, 2011

A unit of state-owned GAIL India Ltd. agreed to invest in US shale assets by acquiring a 20% interest in Eagle Ford shale acreage from Houston-based Carrizo Oil & Gas Inc.

EPP starts open season on Marcellus-Utica ethane pipeline

Oct 11, 2011

Enterprise Products Partners LP (EPP) started a binding open commitment period for capacity on its proposed 1,230-mile ethane pipeline between the Marcellus and Utica shale regions in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Ohio and the US Gulf Coast.

EPP starts up fifth NGL fractionator at Mont Belvieu

Oct 18, 2011

Enterprise Products Partners LP reported the start up of operations at a fifth NGL fractionator at its Mont Belvieu, Tex., complex, east of Houston. Initial volumes exceed the unit’s 75,000 b/d nameplate capacity, EPP said.

TRC sets Eagle Ford transportation advisements

Oct 19, 2011

The Texas Railroad Commission-led Eagle Ford Task Force has adopted several advisements related to truck traffic and pipeline development in the region. The rapid increase in truck traffic on local roads in the Eagle Ford shale region has led to concerns regarding the deterioration of roads and hazards to public safety.

EPP to expand Eagle Ford gas treatment, pipeline capacities

Nov 2, 2011

Enterprise Products Partners LP will build new gas processing and pipeline capacity in South Texas, expanding its natural gas and NGL infrastructure to accommodate expected production growth from the Eagle Ford shale.

Potential oil, products exports drive Texas Gulf Coast terminal projects

Nov 9, 2011

Kinder Morgan Energy Partners LP, Oiltanking Partners LP, and GT Logistics LLC all announced new liquids terminal projects on the Texas Gulf Coast, with GTL explicitly citing possible crude oil exports in describing its facility.

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