Gonzales County 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.
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.
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Major Operators in Gonzales
EOG Resources is the most active operator in the county. Well results are very positive as the company has reported IPs at its Edwards, Sweet Unit, HFS Unit, Hill Unit #2H, Hansen – Kullin #3H, and the Ullman #2H leases averaged initial production rates (IP rates) in excess of 1,000 bbls/d and almost 1 mmcfd.
E&P Companies with Operations in Gonzales County
Gonzales County Pipeline Companies
- Enterprise Products
- EOG Resources
- GSI Oil & Gas
- Balcones Minerals
- DCP Midstream
- Energy Transfer
- Texas Gas Service