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

Cheniere developing more gulf liquefaction in Corpus Christi

Dec 20, 2011

Cheniere Energy Inc., which already is working to install natural gas liquefaction adjacent its Cameron Parrish, La., terminal, has announced its subsidiary Corpus Christi Liquefaction LLC is developing LNG export capabilities at one of Cheniere's existing sites previously permitted for regasification.

TexStar launches open season for Eagle Ford-to-Corpus Christi oil line

Dec 14, 2011

TexStar Midstream Services has launched a binding open season for its TexStar Crude Oil Pipeline LP, transporting Eagle Ford shale crude oil and condensate from various points in Frio, LaSalle, McMullen, and Live Oak counties, Tex., to NuStar’s North Beach Terminal in Corpus Christi.

Marathon Oil targets most of 2012 budget for Eagle Ford shale

Dec 12, 2011

Marathon Oil Corp. announced a $4.8 billion capital expenditure budget for 2012, of which 65% is targeted to liquids-rich US assets including the South Texas Eagle Ford shale.

Louisiana chalk horizontal completions growing

Dec 9, 2011

Horizontal drilling in the Austin chalk formation is leading to more oil and gas completions along the Cretaceous trend in central Louisiana.

EOG expects to drill in Argentina's Neuquen basin within weeks

Nov 30, 2011

EOG Resources Inc. expects to begin drilling at the Vaca Muerta oil shale in Argentina's Neuquen basin within weeks, EOG Chief Executive Officer Mark Papa said Nov. 30 during an investors presentation at Jefferies 2011 Global Energy Conference in Houston.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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