Webb County, TX and the Eagle Ford Shale Play

Webb County Eagle Ford Shale Map

Webb County, TX

Webb County (3,376 sq miles) is in south Texas and borders Mexico.  The county has garnered headlines as part of the Eagle Ford shale play.

Webb county is a legacy producing area that produces natural gas from the Lobo and Wilcox formations.

Webb County is now targeted for the liquids-rich nature of the Eagle Ford formation in the northern parts of the county.  Much of the county will be prospective for shale gas or simply dry gas as natural gas prices may improve above the $4 level. The county is part of the southern extreme of the play that borders Mexico.  Activity in the county is focused in northwest portion of the county where wells produce rich gas and the formation is found at depths of 8,000 ft to 10,000 ft.

County services of interest to oil and gas lease owners include the Webb County Appraisal District (tax collector) office and the Webb County Clerk (property records) office. The county seat is the town of Laredo. Other towns in Webb County include El Cenizo and Rio Bravo.

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Major Operators in Webb County

SM Energy and Lewis Energy are the largest operators with production focused in the Eagle Ford shale in Webb County.

  • SM Energy has both non-operated and operated acreage in the area. Anadarko operates acreage that extends into Dimmit, Maverick, and La Salle counties.  SM Energy operates acreage that is centered around the northern wet gas or rich gas window of the Eagle Ford in Webb County.  The company entered the area through acquisitions starting in 2007, with plans to target the Olmos formation, but activity has now shifted to the Eagle Ford Shale.
  • Lewis Energy is partnered with BP and targets the dry gas window in central Webb County.  Lewis is a major South Texas operator who leveraged its experience into the Eagle Ford shale when it drilled the company’s first well in 2002.  BP took a 50% stake in 80,000 acres that Lewis Energy operates in early 2010.

Webb 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: $574,249,542 (2nd quarter 2012, an increase of 33% since 2009)
  • Oil & Gas Employment: 6,983 jobs (2011)
  • 10-Year Oil & Gas Employment Outlook: 10,298 jobs (2021)
  • Population 2010 Census: 250,304 (29.6% increase since 2000)

Webb 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.

  • ETC (Energy Transfer Partners) – Gas Pipeline
  • Howard Energy Partners (Meritage Midstream Services) – Gas Pipeline(s)
  • Meritage Midstream Services/ Laredo Energy – Gas Pipeline (trunkline)
  • Howard Energy Partners – Reveille Natural Gas Processing Plant (2014, 200 MMcf/d)
  • Housing: Permanent hotel occupancy of nearly 75%; La Terraza, Dorel Apartment complexes

E&P Companies with Operations in Webb County

Webb County Pipeline Companies

  • Harvest Pipeline Company
  • Atmos Pipeline (Atmos Energy)
  • Encinal Gathering
  • Energy Transfer
  • Enterprise Products
  • Houston Pipe Line (Energy Transfer
  • Howard Energy Partners
  • Kinder Morgan
  • MGM Oil & Gas Company (MGM Energy)
  • Onyx Pipeline Company.
  • Texana Midstream Company

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