113 Rigs in the Eagle Ford

Crude Oil Prices Continue to Fall
Eagle Ford Rigs

Eagle Ford Rigs

The Eagle Ford Shale rig count fell this week to 113 rigs running across our coverage area as crude prices continue to fall. 

In recent Eagle Ford news, the Commerce Department has given permission for a limited amount of oil to be exported to Mexico. The agency approved an application from Pemex, Mexico’s national oil company, that would allow for the U.S. to exchange our light crude for Mexico’s heavy crude.

Read more: Swapping Oil with Mexico

The U.S. rig count increased by one, ending with 885 rigs running by midday Friday.  A total of 211 rigs were targeting natural gas (the same as the previous week) and 674 were targeting oil in the U.S. (two more than the previous week). The remainder were drilling service wells (e.g. disposal wells, injection wells, etc.)   383 of the rigs active in the U.S. were running in Texas.

Baker Hughes reports its own Eagle Ford Rig Count that covers the 14 core counties. The rig count published on EagleFordShale.com includes a 30 county area impacted by Eagle Ford development. A full list of the counties included can be found in the table near the bottom of this article.

Eagle Ford Oil & Gas Rigs

Natural gas rigs in the Eagle Ford increased to 22 this week and natural gas prices traded at $2.68/mmbtu, a $.13 decrease from the previous week.

The oil rig count was at 91 as WTI oil prices dropped again to $40.45, a decrease of $1.68. A total of 102 rigs are drilling horizontal wells, one are drilling directional wells, and 10 are vertical rigs. Karnes County continues to lead development this week running 21 rigs, with DeWitt (17), following closely behind. See the full list below in the Eagle Ford Shale Drilling by County below.

Eagle Ford Shale Drilling by Count

County Previous Week Current Week County Previous Week Current Week
KARNES 21 21 ZAVALA 2 2
DE WITT 18 17 BRAZOS 1 1
DIMMIT 10 11 COLORADO 1 1
LA SALLE 10 11 GRIMES 1 1
MCMULLEN 11 11 MADISON 1 1
WEBB 11 10 WILSON 1 1
ATASCOSA 5 4 AUSTIN 0 0
BURLESON 4 4 FAYETTE 0 0
GONZALES 4 4 GOLIAD 1 0
FRIO 3 3 LEON 0 0
BEE 2 2 MAVERICK 1 0
DUVAL 2 2 MILAM 0 0
LAVACA 2 2 ROBERTSON 0 0
LEE 2 2 WASHINGTON 0 0
LIVE OAK 2 2 BASTROP 0 0

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What is the Rig Count?

The Eagle Ford Shale Rig Count is an index of the total number of oil & gas drilling rigs running across a 30 county area in South Texas. The South Texas rigs referred to in this article are for ALL drilling reported by Baker Hughes and not solely wells targeting the Eagle Ford formation. All land rigs and onshore rig data shown here are based upon industry estimates provided by the Baker Hughes Rig Count.

Read more at bakerhughes.com

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Elizabeth Alford

Elizabeth Alford

Elizabeth Alford writes on significant news developments in the Eagle Ford oil and gas play taking place across South TX. She is a freelance writer with an extensive communications, PR, and staff writing background.
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