Karnes County Leads U.S. Oil Drilling

County Accounts for 30% Eagle Ford Activity

The Eagle Ford’s Karnes County leads the nation in new oil production.

Related:Eagle Ford Rigs Now Below 100

New data released from DrillingInfo shows that Texas counties dominated oil production for September, with three of the top ten counties being from the Eagle Ford Shale Play.

Those of you who follow EagleFordShale.com’s weekly Drilling Rig Count, know that Karnes County has dominated production for many months. In September their numbers spiked and 30 percent of all activity in the Eagle Ford came from Karnes County. Of the 98 rigs running across the region last Friday, 23 were from Karnes.

County Previous Week Current Week County Previous Week Current Week
KARNES 21 23 LEE 2 2
DE WITT 11 11 BEE 2 1
MCMULLEN 13 11 GRIMES 1 1
LA SALLE 7 9 AUSTIN 0 0
WEBB 8 8 FAYETTE 0 0
BURLESON 5 5 GOLIAD 0 0
DIMMIT 5 5 LAVACA 0 0
ZAVALA 4 4 LEON 0 0
ATASCOSA 4 3 LIVE OAK 1 0
DUVAL 3 3 MAVERICK 1 0
GONZALES 4 3 MILAM 0 0
MADISON 3 3 ROBERTSON 0 0
BRAZOS 2 2 WASHINGTON 0 0
COLORADO 2 2 WILSON 0 0
FRIO 1 2 BASTROP 0

Though Karnes County was ahead of others, they actually saw a decrease in the amount of new oil production capacity with DI reporting September numbers of 30 Mbbl/Day. Karnes’ new gas production capacity increased 18.6 percentto 97 MMcf/Day.

Other Eagle Ford counties are not sharing in the same prosperity. LaSalle County dropped from 20 rigs in June to 9 rigs in last week and DeWitt County fell from18 rigs in August to only 11 in October.

Overall new production capacity across the nation is down 1% to 672MBOE/day with producer, EOG bringing in 30 Mbbl/Day.

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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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