Eagle Ford Shale Task Force Report

The Task Force Addresses Many Public Concerns
Eagle Ford Shale Task Force Report

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The Eagle Ford Task Force met throughout 2011 and 2012 to address concerns and challenges that accompany the growing economy across South Texas.

The group compiled its findings in a report published by the Texas Railroad Commission. The report was overshadowed by UTSA’s Updated Eagle Ford Study not long after its release, but there is still a wealth of information to take away. [Read more…]

Eagle Ford Task Force Turns to Natural Gas Flaring

Flaring is common when infrastructure isn't adequate
Natural Gas Flare

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The Eagle Ford Task Force is turning its attention to natural gas flaring. Texas set a record for flaring permits earlier in the year and the trend will continue until pipelines and gathering systems catch up with drilling.

In oil producing areas like the Eagle Ford, drilling and first production is reached weeks and sometimes months before pipeline companies get natural gas infrastructure to the area. Oil can be moved with a truck, but natural gas needs pipelines.

Flaring is commonplace in oil producing areas and is very rarely abused. More often than not, flaring lasts only a few days or weeks. It is in the operators best interest to get paid for natural gas they’re producing. [Read more…]

Eagle Ford Task Force Finds South Texas Water Supply Sufficient

Data shows Carrizo Wilcox Aquifer contains enough water to support oil and gas development

The Eagle Ford Task Force (EFTF), appointed by Texas Railroad Commissioner David Porter, convened in San Antonio in November and December to discuss water quantity and usage as it relates to oil and gas production in the Eagle Ford Shale.

The 26-member group was presented with data and statistics concerning water usage from several sources, and subsequently met privately to discuss the data presented and consider its implications.

The task force came to the conclusion that, based on the information presented, the Carrizo Wilcox Aquifer in South Texas appears to contain enough water resources to support oil and gas drilling activities, including hydraulic fracturing, in the Eagle Ford Shale while meeting all other projected uses. [Read more…]

Task Force News and Resources

To keep up with Eagle Ford Task Force developments, visit both the Eagle Ford Task Force page and the Task Force News page.

Eagle Ford Task Force – Water Issues at the Forefront of Agenda

The Eagle Ford Task Force met November 2, at the UTSA campus in downtown San Antonio. Water issues are at the forefront of the task force’s agenda. Six experts invited by RRC Commissioner David Porter addressed the task force. Two of the presentation and the agenda can be accessed below

Both Darrell Brownlow, a geologist, and Stephen Jester, an engineer with ConocoPhillips, indicated there should be ample water to supply fracking needs in the Eagle Ford. Brownlow estimates that for every 1 acre-foot of water used in fracking that 280 acre-feet are used for other purposes. Jester estimates that at peak consumption the Eagle Ford will only account for 5-6.7% of water demand in the 16 county region he evaluated. That’s really focusing in on the core. The aquifers in the region cover much more than 16 counties. [Read more…]

Truck Traffic and Pipeline Advice from the Eagle Ford Task Force

The Eagle Ford Task Force has released advice for truck traffic and pipeline developments. It is all pretty straight forward and will help in making sure pipelines are developed without any problems and our roads are maintained as best as possible.

Pipelines:

  • Placement of pipelines should avoid steep hillsides and watercourses where feasible
  • Pipeline routes should take advantage of road corridors to minimize surface disturbance
  • When clearing is necessary, the width disturbed should be kept to a minimum and topsoil material should be stockpiled to the side for replacement during reclamation, accelerating successful revegetation
  • Proximity to buildings or other facilities occupied or used by the public should be considered, with particular consideration given to homes
  • Unnecessary damage to trees and other vegetation should be avoided
  • After installation of a new line, all rights-of-way should be restored to conditions compatible with existing land use.

Roads:

  • Trucking companies partnering with the Texas Department of Public Safety to develop a program that would alert companies when their drivers receive moving violations or drivers license suspensions
  • Creation of road use agreements or trucking plans between operators and local authorities, including parameters such as:
  1. Avoiding peak traffic hours, school bus hours, and community events.
  2. Establishing overnight quiet periods.
  3. Ensuring adequate off-road parking and delivery areas at all sites to avoid lane/road blockage.

You can read more in a news release from ogj.com

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