Austin County (656 sq miles) forms part of the Eagle Ford Shale play in Southeast Texas. The boom across much of South Texas has yet to incite much activity in Austin County, but the Eagle Ford formation is present within the county boundaries. The oil & gas industry currently produces from formations such as the Austin Chalk and the Wilcox.
Austin County forms part of the Eagle Ford where the thermal maturity of the formation will yield mostly natural gas production. Austin County is at a disadvantage to the core counties of the Eagle Ford in that the formation thins in this area and has a higher clay content, which can make completing wells more difficult. In a higher gas price environment, it is possible operators would test the potential of the formation here.
County services of interest to oil and gas lease owners include the Austin County Appraisal District (tax collector) and the Austin County Clerk(property records) office. The county seat is Belleville, which is approximately 55 miles west of Houston, TX. Other communities in Austin County include Brazos Country, Industry, Sealy, Wallis, and San Felipe.
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Austin County – Eagle Ford Shale Recent Updates
A pipeline is planned to Austin County from Wilson County operated by Enterprise Products Partners LP: Eagle Ford Crude System.
Major Operators in Austin
Enervest, ETOCO LP, and Jamex Inc. are the largest producing companies operating in Austin County, TX.
E&P Companies with Drilling Operations in Austin County
- Apache Corporation
- Arriola Operating
- Elliott Oil & Gas
- Enhanced Energy
- ETOCO LP
- Geiser Operating
- Inland Ocean
- Jamex, Inc
- Magnum Producing
- Powell-McCarroll Partnership
- Sanchez Oil & Gas
- Sandalwood Exploration
- Strand Energy
- Tema Oil & Gas
- Triangle Three Resources
- Union Gas
Austin County Pipeline Companies
- Blackhawk Pipeline
- Enterprise Crude Pipeline (Enterprise Products)
- Campeon Gas Corp.
- Eagle Rock Desoto Pipeline
- Energy Transfer Company
- Enterprise Products Operating
- Houston Pipe Line Company
- Kinder Morgan Texas Pipeline
- Tennessee Gas Pipeline (El Paso)
- Texas Eastern Transmission (Spectra)