Gonzales County, TX and the Eagle Ford Shale Play

Gonzales County Eagle Ford Shale Map

Gonzales County, TX

Gonzales County (1,070 sq miles) lies in south Texas above a shale play known as the Eagle Ford shale. The county is targeted for the liquids-rich nature of the Eagle Ford formation in this area. The county is part of the northern region of the Eagle Ford play where the oil trend narrows.  Recent drilling in nearby Fayette County is extending the play past Gonzales.  Activity in the county is focused in the shale oil window in the southwest third of the county.  The geology in the northwest portion of the county is not likely suitable for development as the Eagle Ford is much more shallow and the thermal maturity of the oil is lower. County services of interest to oil and gas lease owners include the Gonzales County Appraisal District (tax collector) office and the Gonzales County Clerk(property records) office. The county seat is the town of Gonzales, named in memory of Rafael Gonzales, a Governor of one of the United Mexican States. Other towns in Gonzales County include Nixon, Pilgrim, Smiley, and Waelder. Gonzales County Oil & Gas Discussion Forum

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Major Operators in Gonzales

EOG Resources is the most active operator in the county.

Gonzales County – Eagle Ford Shale Statistics

This following information is provided by The University of Texas at San Antonio’s (UTSA) Institute for Economic Development.

  • Quarterly Taxable Spending: $43,372,249 (2nd quarter 2012, an increase of 62% since 2009)
  • Oil & Gas Employment: 3,636 jobs (2011)
  • 10-Year Oil & Gas Employment Outlook: 9,812 (2021)

Gonzales County – Eagle Ford Shale Upcoming or Recent Projects

This following information is provided by The University of Texas at San Antonio’s (UTSA) Institute for Economic Development.

  • Nixon Refinery – Up to almost 15,000 barrels a day
  • Hotel Development – Holiday Inn, Sleep Inn & Suites
  • Texas Gonzales & Northern Company (rail) – Added >25 employees for large volumes of frac sand, oil field supplies; Doubled track in past year (12 to 25 miles)
  • EOG Resources – Harwood Terminal (2012, 46 MB/d)
  • Enterprise Products Partners – Lyssy Station Crude/Condensate Terminal & Storage Facility (600MB)
  • Enterprise Products Partners – Marshall Station Crude/Condensate Terminal & Storage Facility (400MB)

E&P Companies with Operations in Gonzales County

  • 1776 Energy
  • Argent Energy Trust
  • Barnhart Co.
  • Burlington Resources
  • CML Exploration
  • Denali Oil & Gas
  • Diamond Sabal Operating
  • Eagle Ford Oil & Gas Corp.
  • EOG Resources
  • Forest Oil
  • Geosouthern Energy
  • Hilcorp Energy (Acquired by Marathon Oil)
  • Ironwood Oil & Gas
  • Hunt Oil
  • Lucas Energy
  • Marathon Oil
  • Matador Resources

Gonzales County Pipeline Companies

  • Enterprise Products
  • EOG Resources
  • GSI Oil & Gas
  • Balcones Minerals
  • DCP Midstream
  • Energy Transfer
  • Texas Gas Service


  1. paxton smith says:

    Any activity in the Cost/Monthalia area?

  2. fritz dopslauf says:

    i have several hundred acres lease expering in 2013 south i10 west hwy97

  3. Will the leasing/drilling progress to the northern part of Gonzales county? IH10/SH 304 area?

  4. Celia Price says:

    My sons and I own 50% mineral rights in a 40 acre track on state highway 90A in the Peach Creek Valley – we can see the Sam Houston Oak Tree. We were wondering what the regulations are surrounding how much land is included with a well that is being drilled. About a mile east of the 40 acre tract of land are two+ wells being drilled and we were wondering how much land is included in the drilling and mineral rights.

    How does one find out if their land will be included in a drilling venture? This 40 acres is leased now.

  5. Marilyn taylor says:

    Just wondering…Will Seguin ever be in the shale play? We had a rep from an oil com. a year ago wanting to lease here..but in order to drill you have to 40acre…some of our neighbors didnt want to join..Maybe later on we will get another offer…What do you think?

    • R.T. Dukes RT Dukes says:

      It’s not likely Seguin will ever be prospective for the Eagle Ford….Maybe another formation….

    • The Eagle Ford is far to thin and shallow near Seguin. The only future production up there could be upper Cretaceous or lower Wilcox sands.