Eagle Ford Rig Count Drops to 74

Less Than 300 Rigs Running Across Texas
Eagle Ford Rig Counts

Eagle Ford Rigs Counts Hold Steady

The Eagle Ford Shale rig count declined by four this week ending with 74 rigs running across our coverage area by midday Friday.

In recent Eagle Ford news, the Energy Information Administration (EIA) reported that in 2017, natural gas exports will surpass imports for the first time since 1955. With hundreds of miles of natural gas pipelines heading from the Eagle Ford and Permian Basin to the Gulf Coast, the liquefied natural gas industry is poised to deliver the majority of those exports.

Read more:Natural Gas Will be a Boom for Eagle Ford Companies

A total of 637 oil and gas rigs were running across the United States this week. 127 were targeting natural gas (eight less than the previous week) and 510 were targeting oil in the U.S. (five less than the previous week). The remainder were drilling service wells (e.g. disposal wells, injection wells, etc.) 294 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 two this week as natural gas prices dipped, trading at $2.14/mmbtu, a $.04 increase from the previous week.

The Eagle Ford oil rig count fell to 72 with WTI oil prices ending the week at $32.19, an increase of $2.77. A total of 72 rigs are drilling horizontal wells, zero are drilling directional wells, and six are vertical rigs. Karnes County leads the region in development with 18 rigs this week. See the full list below in the Eagle Ford Shale Drilling by County below.

Eagle Ford Shale Drilling by County

County Last Week This Week County Last Week This Week
KARNES 18 18 LAVACA 1 1
DE WITT 11 10 LIVE OAK 1 1
WEBB 9 9 ZAVALA 1 1
LA SALLE 10 7 AUSTIN 0 0
DIMMIT 4 5 BEE 0 0
ATASCOSA 5 4 DUVAL 0 0
GONZALES 4 4 GOLIAD 0 0
MCMULLEN 2 3 LEE 0 0
BURLESON 2 2 LEON 0 0
COLORADO 2 2 MAVERICK 0 0
FRIO 2 2 MILAM 0 0
MADISON 2 2 ROBERTSON 0 0
BRAZOS 1 1 WASHINGTON 0 0
FAYETTE 1 1 WILSON 1 0
GRIMES 1 1 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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