Maverick County, TX and the Eagle Ford Shale Play

Maverick County Eagle Ford Shale Map

Maverick County, TX

Maverick County (1,292 sq miles) borders Mexico and lies in South Texas above a the Eagle Ford shale and the Pearsall shale.

Maverick County is part of the greater Maverick Basin where operators are targeting the Pearsall shale gas formation and the liquids-rich Eagle Ford shale oil play. As you move north in Maverick County, the Eagle Ford formation is shallower and the carbonate content of the formation increases. The changes in geology in the central and northern portion of the county produce a crude that is closer to 30 degree API where most of the Eagle Ford produces light crude (greater than 31 API) or condensate (greater than 50 API).

County services of interest to oil and gas lease owners include the Maverick County Appraisal District (tax collector) office and the Maverick County Clerk (property records) office. The county seat and only incorporated town in Maverick is the town of Eagle Pass.

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Major Operators in Maverick County

Anadarko, Newfield, and Shell are the largest producing companies in the county. Anadarko and Newfield both added to their Maverick Basin assets after TXCO Resources went bankrupt in 2010.  The two companies effectively split the acreage with Newfield acquiring TXCO’s central and northern Maverick County assets and Anadarko adding to its position in southern Maverick.  Shell’s entire position was acquired through a single lease at Harrison Ranch.

Maverick 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: $96,505,519 (2nd quarter 2012, an increase of 25% since 2009)
  • Oil & Gas Employment: 478 jobs (2011)
  • 10-Year Oil & Gas Employment Outlook: 697 jobs (2021)
  • Population 2010 Census: 54,258 (14.7% increase since 2000)

Maverick 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.

  • Housing: TownePlace Suites by Marriott and Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham

E&P Companies with Operations in Maverick County

  • Anadarko
  • Aterra Exploration
  • Big Shell Oil & Gas (Oil & Gas Properties, Inc.)
  • Blue Star Operating
  • Blackbrush Oil & Gas
  • Chesapeake Energy
  • CMR Energy
  • Cornerstone
  • Encana
  • Espada Operating

Maverick County Pipeline Companies

  • Howard Energy Partners
  • Kinder Morgan
  • West Texas Gas

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