TX RRC Data – Eagle Ford Production Surging Ahead

Preliminary figures will be revised up and oil production could be by as much as 30,000 b/d higher

Oil Drum ImageTexas Railroad Commission data from July shows the Eagle Ford produced approximately 310,000 b/d of crude oil. Unless the industry has gotten more timely at reporting figures, that number is likely conservative. If recent trends prove true, July’s figures could be revised upwards by as much as 10%, which puts crude oil production near 350,000 b/d today.

Railroad Commission data also shows the play produced over 50,000 b/d of condensate and 1.21 Bcf/d of natural gas. As pipeline and gathering systems expand, natural gas production will show itself to have considerable upside from where it stands now. Many wells are brought to production before natural gas pipelines are tied in, but that number is decreasing as midstream companies catch up to the operators.

Texas Oil Production Poised to Set New Highs [Read more…]

Eagle Ford School Districts Prep to Send Money to the State

Property wealth has surged in areas affected by the Eagle Ford Shale
Eagle Ford Shale Well Map - July 2012

Eagle Ford Well Map – Click to Enlarge

School districts in the South Texas Eagle Ford Shale region are preparing to send millions back to the state in coming years. Eight local districts were added to the Texas Education Agency’s list of property-wealthy districts.

The reason is skyrocketing property values. In the past two years, property values in the Carrizo Springs district have increased from $441 to $2.5 billion. Cotulla ISD has seen a similar rise. [Read more…]

TXOGA’s Response to the KENS Story Regarding County Lawsuit Threats

TXOGA has not threatened to sue any county regarding transportation fees

The Texas Oil & Gas Association (TXOGA) issued an official response to a story reported by KENS Channel 5. You can watch the report in the article Eagle Ford Oil Companies Fight Back – State Revenues Should Be Shared. KENS 5 reported that oil companies were threatening counties with lawsuits and the organization released this response:

Texas Oil & Gas Association Memo Explained Current Law on Counties’ Authority and Roads — TXOGA Did Not Threaten Lawsuit and Believes Current Law May Need to Change so Counties Receive Necessary Funding

The following can be attributed to Deb Hastings, executive vice president of the Texas Oil & Gas Association (TXOGA): [Read more…]

South Texas School Districts Become Robinhood Targets

It’s a nice problem to have. Tax appraised values are rising by hundreds of millions of dollars across South Texas. Our schools will be getting better, but the state’s “Robinhood” provision means they’ll also be sending money elsewhere.

Robstown ISD saw an almost 20 percent increase in values from 2011, from $375.4 million to about $450 million, and London ISD’s preliminary estimate came in 23 percent above 2011, rising from about $233 million to about $287 million.

Those numbers pale in comparison to districts in the heart of the Eagle Ford Shale. Karnes City ISD has seen valuations increase nearly sixfold in the past two years.

Read more at Caller.com

Eagle Ford Task Force Turns to Natural Gas Flaring

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

Gas Flare | Click to Enlarge

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…]

Updated Texas Railroad Commission Map of the Eagle Ford Shale

Eagle Ford Shale Well Map

May 2012 Well Map - Click to Enlarge

The Railroad Commission released an updated well map in May. Since the March 15, 2012 version, the number of gas wells on schedule has only grown by 25, but the number of oil wells on schedule has surged by 422 to 1,376.

We’re close to having 2,000 producing wells on record. Take into account the delays in reporting and we’re likely well past 2,000.

The number of permits issued in the play jumped 381 to more than 4,000 over the past two months as well.

We’re running at a blistering pace. 400+ oil wells in two short months is a substantial feat and with ~250 rigs running, we’ll likely replicate the growth of the past two months many times over. [Read more…]