Facts You Need to Know About the Eagle Ford Shale

Eagle Ford ShaleThe Eagle Ford Shale has been one of the most talked about oilfields in the country. In fact, it is one of the country’s leading oil and natural gas producers. Because of its elevating prominence associated with the positive changes and development in Southern Texas, many people are eager to know more about the shale.

An article posted in the Railroad Commission of Texas (RCT) satisfies these people’s curiosity. The article details some valuable information about the operation. Continue reading to get the gist of the said article. Or if you may want, you can read the whole thing here.

Facts about Eagle Ford Shale

Eagle Ford Shale defined

What exactly is Eagle Ford Shale? How long and wide is its area? What does it produce? Why are oil companies interested with this formation? These questions are answered by the RCT:

“The Eagle Ford Shale is a hydrocarbon producing formation of significant importance due to its capability of producing both gas and more oil than other traditional shale plays. It contains a much higher carbonate shale percentage, upwards to 70% in south Texas, and becomes shallower and the shale content increases as it moves to the northwest. The high percentage of carbonate makes it more brittle and “fracable”. The shale play trends across Texas from the Mexican border up into East Texas, roughly 50 miles wide and 400 miles long with an average thickness of 250 feet. It is Cretaceous in age resting between the Austin Chalk and the Buda Lime at a depth of approximately 4,000 to 12,000 feet. It is the source rock for the Austin Chalk and the giant East Texas Field.”

How it all started

Why is the formation called Eagle Ford? When and who drilled the first oil wells? What are some companies that are operating in the shale?

According too RCT, “It is named for the town of Eagle Ford, Texas where it can be seen on the surface as clay soil.  Eagle Ford, Texas is approximately 6 miles west of Dallas, Texas. An outcrop of the Eagle Ford Shale can be seen in the Dallas-Fort WorthMetroplex.  

Petrohawk drilled the first of the Eagle Ford wells in 2008, discovering in the process the Hawkville (Eagle Ford) Field in La Salle County (District 1). The discovery well flowed at a rate of 7.6 million cubic feet of gas per day from a 3,200-foot lateral (first perforation 11,141 feet total vertical depth) with 10 frac stages. Originally, there were 30 plus fields, however, due to field consolidations, the number of fields has been reduced to currently 20 active fields (with 17 inactive) located within the Railroad Commission Districts 1 thru 6 and the fields cover 23 counties… One of the fields discovered in District 2 is actually an oil field (Eagleville (Eagle Ford)). The major operators joining Petrohawk in drilling the Eagle Ford Shale Play are Anadarko, Apache, Atlas, EOG, Lewis Petro, Geo Southern, Pioneer, SM Energy and XTO to name just a few.”

Eagle Ford Shale is indeed a place of motion as more and more plays are in progress on the area. Its positive impact to the then quiet and small towns of Southern Texas is yet unfolding. The townspeople and workers wake up every morning knowing that more and more changes are going to come.

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