Karnes City Changed By The Eagle Ford

Residents Leaving $40,000/yr Overtime Jobs For $100,000/yr Oilfield Jobs
Karnes City - City Hall Building

City Hall in Karnes City, TX | Click to Enlarge

To say Karnes City has changed over the past few years is an understatement. The Houston Chronicle conducted an interview with a local farmer who owns the land where ConocoPhillips drilled its first Eagle Ford well.

Change started with the growth in oilfield jobs and booming royalty checks. Today, cash is being poured into the area.

“It’s been good to me. I miss that pasture, but I could have ranched here for 300 years and not have the income we do now,” he said. “Anyone who owns property should be benefiting.”

A few takeaways:

  • Karnes City was once the poorest non-border town in the state
  • 1,200 permits have been issued in the county over the past four years
  • 2,000 miles of pipe have been laid
  • As much as $70 million/month is being paid to royalty owners in the county
  • Traffic counts are up as much as 300% on local roads
  • County’s tax base has jumped from $562 million to $3.1 billion in 3 short years

“A kid can leave a $40,000 overtime job at the prison and make over $100,000 in the oil field. You’ve got kids coming home to work here who haven’t lived here in a long time,” he said.

Read the full article at chron.com

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R.T. Dukes

R.T. Dukes

Managing Editor at EagleFordShale.com
R.T. is the managing editor of EagleFordShale.com. In prior roles, he advised major oil companies on strategy, the macro business environment, and opportunity screening. 2503 Robinhood, Houston, TX, 77005, U.S.A. | Telephone: 832.429.4790


  1. Mr. Strakos,
    There are lots of jobs available in the eagle ford shell. When I first moved down here I would apply on line, the. Look under the contacts for the company. Call the number under contacts and most will give you field office numbers. I will say from my experience and friends experience your main issue could be living in corpus. They are wanting people living semi close to the eagle ford.

    Good Luck My Friend,

  2. Robert Strakos says:

    How does a person like me , that lives in Corpus Christi Tx even try to get a job?
    I”m disabled a 12 year old son and married . I can”t aford to advertise with Eagle Ford Shale web
    page . I tryed pritty much every thing out there to get an interview but with no success. I had a taxi service but my monthy check from the gov, wouldnt let me continue the fees that incord after the city changed the road fees. disabilites alow me to make 700.00 amonth but with few resultsI was born to drive …… Every person I contact really have no need for broken people as for me. Can you help begging for food is not Gods way. I do not have a com lic.

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