Eagle Ford Rig Counts Stay at 88

People Leaving the Region to Look for Work
Eagle Ford Rig Counts

Eagle Ford Rigs Counts Hold Steady

The Eagle Ford Shale rig count remained steady this week, ending with 88 rigs running across our coverage area by midday Friday.

In recent Eagle Ford news, the prolonged oil and gas downturn is causing people to leave the shale regions in search for jobs, according to analysts.

Read more: Eagle Ford Population Declines

A total of 744 oil and gas rigs were running across the United States this week. 189 were targeting natural gas (four less than the previous week) and 555 were targeting oil in the U.S. (nine less than the previous week). The remainder were drilling service wells (e.g. disposal wells, injection wells, etc.) 336 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 below.

Eagle Ford Oil & Gas Rigs

Natural gas rigs in the Eagle Ford are at 12 this week as natural gas prices rose slightly, trading at $2.21/mmbtu, a $.04 increase from the previous week.

The Eagle Ford oil rig count rose to 76 with WTI oil prices ending the week at $41.71, an decrease of $.04. A total of 79 rigs are drilling horizontal wells, two are drilling directional wells, and seven are vertical rigs. Karnes County leads the region in development with 20 rigs this week. See the full list below in the Eagle Ford Shale Drilling by County below.

Eagle Ford Shale Drilling by County

County Previous Week Current Week County Previous Week Current Week
KARNES 20 20 BEE 1 1
DE WITT 13 12 COLORADO 1 1
MCMULLEN 9 9 DUVAL 1 1
LA SALLE 8 8 LEE 1 1
WEBB 6 7 LEON 0 0
ATASCOSA 4 4 AUSTIN 0 0
BURLESON 4 4 BASTROP 0 0
DIMMIT 4 4 FAYETTE 0 0
FRIO 4 4 GOLIAD 0 0
BRAZOS 2 2 LIVE OAK 0 0
GONZALES 3 2 MAVERICK 0 0
GRIMES 2 2 MILAM 0 0
LAVACA 1 2 ROBERTSON 0 0
MADISON 1 2 WASHINGTON 0 0
ZAVALA 3 2 WILSON 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

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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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