Fracking Turns 65 – Eagle Ford Shale Drilling Boom Made Possible by the Technology

Mission Well Services Frac Spread

Hydraulic Fracking Operations | Click to Enlarge

On Monday, The American Petroleum Institute celebrated the 65th birthday of hydraulic fracturing or fracking. The technology is widely used across the Eagle Ford Shale, and has contributed significantly to Texas’s current oil boom, giving many folks connected to the oil and gas industry in the state reason to celebrate.

According to a University of Texas at San Antonio study, the development of the Eagle Ford Shale had an economic impact of $61 billion on the region in 2012. That’s not a small figure, and estimates for future exploitation of the tight oil formation through fracking are only expected to go up.

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Eagle Ford Well Completed With LNG Powered Frack Pumps

Marks the First LNG Powered Frack Job Ever Completed

Onshore LNG Regas and Tanker

LNG Tanker and Regas Equipment | Click to Enlarge

LNG powered frack pumps were used to complete an Eagle Ford well in late 2012. We sat down with Ferus’ LNG rep Jed Tallman to learn more.

This was the first time LNG has ever been used to fuel pumps fracking a well. Field gas has been used by Schlumberger in the Horn River Basin of Canada, but LNG has never been used before.

Ferus is an oilfield service company that supplies cryogenic liquids as part of its offering. The company worked with Baker Hughes to test natural gas conversion technology and yard tested 10 Cummins QSK50 powered pumps. After a successful test, the companies took the pumps into the field to complete an Eagle Ford well south of Pearsall. [Read more…]

Waste Connections Acquires R360 Environmental for $1.3 Billion

R360 Environmental Solutions has four S. TX locations
R360 Office Locations

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Waste Connections is acquiring R360 Environmental Solutions for $1.3 billion. The deal gives Woodlands based Waste Connections operations in several key oil & gas basins across the country. R360 provides non-hazardous oilfield waste treatment, recovery and disposal services in the oil-rich Permian, Bakken and Eagle Ford Basins. Operations include 26 facilities across Louisiana, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Texas and Wyoming.

“Through acquisitions and new facility development, R360 has created leading positions in key basins, providing closed loop oilfield waste services within an increasingly stringent regulatory environment. This acquisition represents a natural extension of our existing E&P disposal activities,” said Ronald J. Mittelstaedt, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “While a tepid economy has impacted MSW volumes, increased drilling activity in unconventional areas is fueling impressive organic growth within the E&P waste sector. R360 is actively permitting several new sites to further expand its operations in this growing industry.” [Read more…]

Texas Tribune Festival On the Road – Symposium on Energy & Environment April 13, 2012

If you are in the Houston area, there is a free Energy Symposium April 13, from 8 to 4 at the Wortham Theatre on campus at the University of Houston (131 Wortham Theatre, Houston, TX 77204). There will be speakers and panel discussions covering topics related to the Eagle Ford all the way to broader Texas energy plan issues. Be sure to check our Eagle Ford Conferences page for future events. [Read more…]

Hydraulic Fracturing Does Not Contaminate Drinking Water

Hydraulic fracturing, fracking, or frac’ing, depending on who you talk to, DOES NOT contaminate drinking water.  That was the conclusion from a University of Texas Energy Institute study of the process.

The study noted that contamination is usually related to above ground spills or a mishandling of wastewater. [Read more…]

Water Rights and Use at the Forefront of Debate

As we hear more are more questions about water, we thought it was worth aggregating some of the data we have found. We recently published an Eagle Ford Water page as a reference for everyone in South Texas. You can find the page by hovering over “Geology” in the navigation and clicking “Water” in the drop down.

We’ve added detailed information on Water Use Per Well, where we’re beginning to see Water Recycling, and the TCEQ who regulates Water Rights in South Texas. [Read more…]