Eagle Ford Shale Rig Count Stays Flat at 269

Bloomberg: Reliance Industries Seeks Buyer for its Interest in Eagle Ford Joint Venture
Pioneer Natural Resources' Production Chart

Pioneer Natural Resources’ Eagle Ford Production Chart | Click to Enlarge

The Eagle Ford Shale rig count stayed flat at 269 rigs running across our coverage area by the end of last week.

In recent Eagle Ford news, India’s Reliance Industries is looking for a buyer for its interest in a three-way joint Eagle Ford joint venture, according to Bloomberg, which cited “people familiar with the matter.” The other players in the JV are Irving, Texas-based Pioneer Natural Resources Co. and a division of Mexico’s Alfa SAB de CV – Newpek, LLC.

Read more: Reliance Industries Seeks Buyer for Eagle Ford JV Interest

The U.S. rig count decreased by 12 to 1,918 rigs running by the end of last week. A total of 328 rigs were targeting natural gas (eight more than the previous week) and 1,590 were targeting oil in the U.S. (19 less than the previous week). The remainder were drilling service wells (e.g. disposal wells, injection wells, etc.).  898 or ~48% of rigs active in the U.S. were running in Texas.

Baker Hughes rig count is quoted here. Baker Hughes also releases its own Eagle Ford Rig Count that covers the 14 core counties (209 rigs). 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 near the bottom of this article.

Eagle Ford Oil & Gas Rigs

The natural gas rig count increased by three to 19 rigs running by the end of last week. Average rig counts for natural gas production in 2012 were around 80 and then dropped to around 40 in 2013. Natural gas prices decreased by ~$.10 from the previous week to $3.77/mmbtu on Friday afternoon.

The oil rig count decreased by three to 250 rigs running by the end of last week. WTI oil prices decreased by less than $1.00 from the previous week, trading at $83.15/bbl on Friday afternoon. Eagle Ford light crude traded at $79.25/bbl on Oct. 16th.

A total of 242 rigs are drilling horizontal wells, 12 rigs are drilling directional wells, and 15 rigs are drilling vertical wells. Karnes, La Salle, Dimmit, and McMullen each have at minimum 26 rigs running. Karnes County has the highest rig count this week at 36. See the full list below in the Eagle Ford Shale Drilling by County below

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Eagle Ford Shale Drilling by Count

County Previous Week Current Week County Previous Week Current Week
KARNES 38 36 FAYETTE 4 3
DIMMIT 33 33 LEON 4 3
LA SALLE 26 25 ZAVALA 4 3
MCMULLEN 26 24 MAVERICK 1 2
DE WITT 21 21 BEE 1 1
WEBB 19 18 COLORADO 1 1
GONZALES 15 15 GRIMES 1 1
MADISON 14 14 WILSON 1 1
ATASCOSA 12 13 AUSTIN 0 0
BRAZOS 13 13 DUVAL 0 0
LAVACA 12 11 GOLIAD 0 0
BURLESON 6 10 MILAM 0 0
FRIO 7 9 ROBERTSON 1 0
LIVE OAK 7 8 WASHINGTON 0 0
LEE 2 4 BASTROP 0 0

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.

Eagle Ford Shale Rig Count Increases by Two to 269

Rare Lizard Has Potential to Disrupt Eagle Ford Development
Spot Tailed Earless Lizard

Spot Tailed Earless Lizard

The Eagle Ford Shale rig count increased by two to 269 rigs running across our coverage area by the end of last week.

In recent Eagle Ford news, a rare lizard, once spread across portions of the Eagle Ford region, has largely vanished, according to the San Antonio Express News. And now the species has the potential to disrupt oil & gas development in the region, if it is designated as threatened or endangered by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFW), under the endangered species act (ESA).

Read more: Could a Lizard Disrupt Eagle Ford Development

The U.S. rig count increased by eight to 1,930 rigs running by the end of last week. A total of 320 rigs were targeting natural gas (ten less than the previous week) and 1,609 were targeting oil in the U.S. (18 more than the previous week). The remainder were drilling service wells (e.g. disposal wells, injection wells, etc.).  896 or ~48% of rigs active in the U.S. were running in Texas.

Baker Hughes rig count is quoted here. Baker Hughes also releases its own Eagle Ford Rig Count that covers the 14 core counties (210 rigs). 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 near the bottom of this article.

Eagle Ford Oil & Gas Rigs

The natural gas rig count increased stayed flat at 16 rigs running by the end of last week. Average rig counts for natural gas production in 2012 were around 80 and then dropped to around 40 in 2013. Natural gas prices decreased by ~$.15 from the previous week to $3.86/mmbtu on Friday afternoon.

The oil rig count increased by two to 253 rigs running by the end of last week. WTI oil prices decreased by more than $5.00 from the previous week, trading at $84.72/bbl on Friday afternoon. Eagle Ford light crude traded at $82.25/bbl on Oct. 9th.

A total of 243 rigs are drilling horizontal wells, ten rigs are drilling directional wells, and 16 rigs are drilling vertical wells. Karnes, La Salle, Dimmit, and McMullen each have at minimum 25 rigs running. Karnes County has the highest rig count this week at 38. See the full list below in the Eagle Ford Shale Drilling by County below

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Eagle Ford Shale Drilling by Count

County Previous Week Current Week County Previous Week Current Week
KARNES 37 37 LEON 4 4
DIMMIT 28 29 ZAVALA 5 4
LA SALLE 26 28 LEE 4 2
MCMULLEN 23 24 WILSON 3 2
DE WITT 21 22 BEE 1 1
WEBB 22 22 COLORADO 1 1
GONZALES 15 15 GRIMES 3 1
MADISON 13 15 MAVERICK 0 1
BRAZOS 11 13 ROBERTSON 1 1
ATASCOSA 13 11 AUSTIN 0 0
LAVACA 12 11 DUVAL 0 0
FRIO 6 7 GOLIAD 1 0
LIVE OAK 7 7 MILAM 0 0
BURLESON 6 5 WASHINGTON 1 0
FAYETTE 4 4 BASTROP 0 0

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.

Eagle Ford Shale Rig Count Decreases by One to 267

Atlas Resource Partners Enters Eagle Ford in $225 Million Deal
Atascosa County Eagle Ford Shale Map

Atascosa County, TX

The Eagle Ford Shale rig count decreased by one to 267 rigs running across our coverage area by the end of last week.

In recent news,Pittsburgh-based Atlas Resource Partners (ARP) is entering the Eagle Ford in a $225-million deal. ARP will acquire 22 producing wells and 19 undeveloped locations containing estimated net reserves of 12-million BOE, according to company officials. The seller was not disclosed.

Read more: Atlas Resource Partners Enters Eagle Ford – $225 Million Deal

The U.S. rig count decreased by nine to 1,922 rigs running by the end of last week. A total of 330 rigs were targeting natural gas (eight less than the previous week) and 1,591 were targeting oil in the U.S. (1 less than the previous week). The remainder were drilling service wells (e.g. disposal wells, injection wells, etc.).  895 or ~48% of rigs active in the U.S. were running in Texas.

Baker Hughes rig count is quoted here. Baker Hughes also releases its own Eagle Ford Rig Count that covers the 14 core counties (210 rigs). 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 near the bottom of this article.

Eagle Ford Oil & Gas Rigs

The natural gas rig count increased by one to 16 rigs running by the end of last week. Average rig counts for natural gas production in 2012 were around 80 and then dropped to around 40 in 2013. Natural gas prices stayed relatively flat from the previous week at $4.02/mmbtu on Friday afternoon.

The oil rig count decreased by two to 251 rigs running by the end of last week. WTI oil prices stayed relatively flat from the previous week, trading at $90.15/bbl on Friday afternoon. Eagle Ford light crude traded at $87.50/bbl on Oct. 2nd.

A total of 244 rigs are drilling horizontal wells, eight rigs are drilling directional wells, and 15 rigs are drilling vertical wells. Karnes, La Salle, and Dimmit each have at minimum 28 rigs running. Karnes County has the highest rig count this week at 37. See the full list below in the Eagle Ford Shale Drilling by County below

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Eagle Ford Shale Drilling by Count

County Previous Week Current Week County Previous Week Current Week
KARNES 37 37 LEON 4 4
DIMMIT 28 29 ZAVALA 5 4
LA SALLE 26 28 LEE 4 2
MCMULLEN 23 24 WILSON 3 2
DE WITT 21 22 BEE 1 1
WEBB 22 22 COLORADO 1 1
GONZALES 15 15 GRIMES 3 1
MADISON 13 15 MAVERICK 0 1
BRAZOS 11 13 ROBERTSON 1 1
ATASCOSA 13 11 AUSTIN 0 0
LAVACA 12 11 DUVAL 0 0
FRIO 6 7 GOLIAD 1 0
LIVE OAK 7 7 MILAM 0 0
BURLESON 6 5 WASHINGTON 1 0
FAYETTE 4 4 BASTROP 0 0

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.

Eagle Ford Shale Rig Count Increases by Four to 268

UTSA: Eagle Ford Shale Economic Impact $87 Billion in 2013
Eagle Ford Shale Core Counties

Eagle Ford Shale Core Counties|Click to Enlarge

The Eagle Ford Shale rig count increased by four to 268 rigs running across our coverage area by the end of last week.

In recent news, The Eagle Ford Shale had an economic impact of $87-billion in 2013, according to the University of Texas at San Antonio. That’s up significantly from 2012 when university researchers determined the oilfield had a $61-billion impact.

Read more: UTSA: Eagle Ford Shale Economic Impact – $87 Billion

The U.S. rig count stayed flat at 1,931 rigs running by the end of last week. A total of 338 rigs were targeting natural gas (nine more than the previous week) and 1,592 were targeting oil in the U.S. (9 less than the previous week). The remainder were drilling service wells (e.g. disposal wells, injection wells, etc.).  897 or ~48% of rigs active in the U.S. were running in Texas.

Baker Hughes rig count is quoted here. Baker Hughes also releases its own Eagle Ford Rig Count that covers the 14 core counties (207 rigs). 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 near the bottom of this article.

Eagle Ford Oil & Gas Rigs

The natural gas rig count increased by three to 15 rigs running by the end of last week. Average rig counts for natural gas production in 2012 were around 80 and then dropped to around 40 in 2013. Natural gas prices increase by ~ $.15 from the previous week at $3.99/mmbtu on Friday afternoon.

The oil rig count increased by one to 253 rigs running by the end of last week. WTI oil prices stayed relatively flat from the previous week, trading at $93.47/bbl on Friday afternoon. Eagle Ford light crude traded at $89.00/bbl on Sept. 25th.

A total of 247 rigs are drilling horizontal wells, nine rigs are drilling directional wells, and 12 rigs are drilling vertical wells. Karnes, La Salle, and Dimmit each have at minimum 25 rigs running. Karnes County has the highest rig count this week at 37. See the full list below in the Eagle Ford Shale Drilling by County below

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Eagle Ford Shale Drilling by Count


County Previous Week Current Week County Previous Week Current Week
KARNES 37 37 FAYETTE 4 4
DIMMIT 25 28 LEE 4 4
LA SALLE 28 26 LEON 3 4
MCMULLEN 24 23 GRIMES 2 3
WEBB 20 22 WILSON 3 3
DE WITT 22 21 BEE 1 1
GONZALES 15 15 COLORADO 1 1
ATASCOSA 13 13 GOLIAD 1 1
MADISON 14 13 ROBERTSON 1 1
LAVACA 11 12 WASHINGTON 1 1
BRAZOS 11 11 AUSTIN 0 0
LIVE OAK 7 7 DUVAL 0 0
BURLESON 6 6 MAVERICK 0 0
FRIO 7 6 MILAM 0 0
ZAVALA 3 5 BASTROP 0 0

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.

Cabot Grabs More Eagle Ford Acreage in Oil Window

$210 Million Deal Includes 30,000 Net Acres
Cabot Eagle Ford & Pearsall Shale Map

Cabot Eagle Ford & Pearsall Shale Map | Click to Enlarge

Houston-based Cabot Oil & Gas Corp. has agreed to pay $210-million for approximately 30,000 net acres in the heart of the Eagle Ford Shale oil window from an undisclosed seller. 17,000 net acres included in the transaction are directly adjacent to Cabot’s Buckhorn operating area, which covers parts of Frio, La Salle and Atascosa Counties. The acquisition increases the company’s total Buckhorn leasehold position to 60,000 net acres, and its total Eagle Ford position to 83,000 net acres.

Cabot is currently testing 300-foot downspacing across its existing Buckhorn position, which company officials say will add an additional 45 net locations on the acquired leasehold. As a result of this recent transaction, Cabot has added a fourth operated rig in the Eagle Ford to begin drilling on the newly acquired properties. In May, the company indicated it would expand its Eagle Ford drilling program in the third quarter of this year.

Read moreCabot Oil & Gas to Expand Eagle Ford Drilling Program

“In addition to the number of new locations, this acreage will allow synergies in our operations on many fronts including infrastructure and facility utilization,” said Cabot President and CEO Dan O. Dinges.

According to Cabot officials. the assets are producing approximately 1,600 boe/d (92% liquids). Based on the company’s current spacing configuration of 400 fteet between laterals, Cabot has identified 191 net locations on the additional Buckhorn area acreage with an average lateral length of over 6,500 feet.

The transaction is expected to close in October 2014.

Read more at cabotog.com

Eagle Ford Shale Rig Count Increases by One to 264

Feds Approve Final Permit for Corpus Christi Condensate Splitter
Oil Tanker Leaving Port of Corpus Christi

Empty Oil Tanker Leaving Port of Corpus Christi – Click to Enlarge

The Eagle Ford Shale rig count increased by one to 264 rigs running across our coverage area by the end of last week.

In recent news, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has given a subsidiary of Conneticut-based Castleton Commodities International the green light for the construction of new petroleum process facilities near Corpus Christi, TX. The EPA issued the final greenhouse gas and prevention of significant deterioration construction permit to the subsidiary, CCI Corpus Christi, LLC, on Sept. 15th.

The company plans to build two fractionation units, capable of producing a combined 100,000 b/d and a bulk petroleum terminal. The terminal will include storage tanks and barge loading operations that can handle 500,000 barrels a day of crude condensate for export.

Read more: EPA Grants Permit for $500 Million Corpus Christi Condensate Splitter

The U.S. rig count stayed flat at 1,931 rigs running by the end of last week. A total of 329 rigs were targeting natural gas (nine less than the previous week) and 1,601 were targeting oil in the U.S. (9 more than the previous week). The remainder were drilling service wells (e.g. disposal wells, injection wells, etc.).  900 or ~48% of rigs active in the U.S. were running in Texas.

Baker Hughes rig count is quoted here. Baker Hughes also releases its own Eagle Ford Rig Count that covers the 14 core counties (205 rigs). 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 near the bottom of this article.

Eagle Ford Oil & Gas Rigs

The natural gas rig count increased by one to 12 rigs running by the end of last week. Average rig counts for natural gas production in 2012 were around 80 and then dropped to around 40 in 2013. Natural gas prices stayed relatively flat from the previous week at $3.84/mmbtu on Friday afternoon.

The oil rig count stayed flat at 252 rigs running by the end of last week. WTI oil prices stayed relatively flat from the previous week, trading at $92.48/bbl on Friday afternoon. Eagle Ford light crude traded at $89.00/bbl on Sept. 19th.

A total of 246 rigs are drilling horizontal wells, eight rigs are drilling directional wells, and ten rigs are drilling vertical wells. Karnes, La Salle, and Dimmit each have at minimum 25 rigs running. Karnes County has the highest rig count this week at 37. See the full list below in the Eagle Ford Shale Drilling by County below

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Eagle Ford Shale Drilling by Count


County Previous Week Current Week County Previous Week Current Week
KARNES 38 37 LEE 3 4
LA SALLE 28 28 LEON 3 3
DIMMIT 25 25 WILSON 3 3
MCMULLEN 24 24 ZAVALA 3 3
DE WITT 23 22 GRIMES 2 2
WEBB 21 20 BEE 1 1
GONZALES 12 15 COLORADO 1 1
MADISON 12 14 GOLIAD 1 1
ATASCOSA 13 13 ROBERTSON 2 1
BRAZOS 12 11 WASHINGTON 1 1
LAVACA 11 11 AUSTIN 0 0
FRIO 5 7 DUVAL 2 0
LIVE OAK 7 7 MAVERICK 0 0
BURLESON 6 6 MILAM 0 0
FAYETTE 4 4 BASTROP 0 0

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.

Eagle Ford Shale Rig Count Stays Flat at 263

3.2 Magnitude Earthquakes Shakes Up Atascosa County
Eagle Ford Contour Map

Eagle Ford Depth Map | Click to Enlarge

The Eagle Ford Shale rig count stayed flat at 263 rigs running across our coverage area by the end of last week.

In recent news, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) confirmed a 3.2 magnitude earthquake last week, two miles southeast of Charlotte, TX in Atascosa County, which is almost entirely in the liquids-rich or oil window of the Eagle Ford Shale. Last week, 13 active rigs were running in the area.

According to the USGS, there is evidence that some central and eastern North American earthquakes have been triggered or caused by human activities that have altered the stress conditions in earth’s crust. The cause of this most recent quake is unknown; however, in the Eagle Ford Shale and other areas for oil & gas development in Texas, a link has been made between waste water disposal/injection wells and seismic activity.

Read more: Eagle Ford Earthquake – Video

The U.S. rig count increased by six to 1,931 rigs running by the end of last week. A total of 338 rigs were targeting natural gas (two more than the previous week) and 1,592 were targeting oil in the U.S. (8 more than the previous week). The remainder were drilling service wells (e.g. disposal wells, injection wells, etc.).  905 or ~48% of rigs active in the U.S. were running in Texas.

Baker Hughes rig count is quoted here. Baker Hughes also releases its own Eagle Ford Rig Count that covers the 14 core counties (203 rigs). 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 near the bottom of this article.

Eagle Ford Oil & Gas Rigs

The natural gas rig count decreased by two to 11 rigs running by the end of last week. Average rig counts for natural gas production in 2012 were around 80 and then dropped to around 40 in 2013. Natural gas prices stayed relatively flat from the previous week at $3.94/mmbtu on Friday afternoon.

The oil rig count increased by 2 to 252 rigs running by the end of last week. WTI oil prices decreased slightly from the previous week, trading at $92.34/bbl on Friday afternoon. Eagle Ford light crude traded at $88.75/bbl on Sept. 12th.

A total of 246 rigs are drilling horizontal wells, seven rigs are drilling directional wells, and ten rigs are drilling vertical wells. Karnes, La Salle, De Witt, and Webb each have at minimum 25 rigs running. Karnes County has the highest rig count this week at 38. See the full list below in the Eagle Ford Shale Drilling by County below

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Eagle Ford Shale Drilling by Count


County Previous Week Current Week County Previous Week Current Week
KARNES 33 38 LEE 3 3
LA SALLE 30 28 LEON 3 3
DIMMIT 22 25 WILSON 3 3
MCMULLEN 20 24 ZAVALA 3 3
DE WITT 26 23 DUVAL 2 2
WEBB 26 21 GRIMES 2 2
ATASCOSA 13 13 ROBERTSON 3 2
BRAZOS 11 12 BEE 0 1
GONZALES 11 12 COLORADO 1 1
MADISON 12 12 GOLIAD 1 1
LAVACA 10 11 WASHINGTON 1 1
LIVE OAK 8 7 AUSTIN 0 0
BURLESON 7 6 MAVERICK 0 0
FRIO 7 5 MILAM 0 0
FAYETTE 5 4 BASTROP 0 0

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.

Eagle Ford Earthquake – Video

3.2 Magnitude Quake Recorded Two Miles Southeast of Charlotte, TX in Atascosa County

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) confirmed a 3.2 magnitude earthquake on Wednesday, two miles southeast of Charlotte, TX in Atascosa County, which is almost entirely in the liquids-rich or oil window of the Eagle Ford Shale. Last week, 13 active rigs were running in the area.

According to the USGS, there is evidence that some central and eastern North American earthquakes have been triggered or caused by human activities that have altered the stress conditions in earth’s crust. The cause of this most recent quake is unknown; however, in the Eagle Ford Shale and other areas for oil & gas development in Texas, a link has been made between waste water disposal/injection wells and seismic activity.

Injection wells are necessary to the fracking process, a method by which a well is completed using treated water under extreme pressure. When a well is fracked, it produces flowback or produced water that must be disposed of properly in waste water disposal/injection wells deep underground. Recently, EagleFordShale.com posted a story about new waste water disposal rules that could be put into practice soon in Texas, following a rash of low magnitude earthquakes across the state.

Read more: Could New Waste Water Disposal Rules be Coming in Texas?

EagleFordShale.com Founder Kenny DuBose, said, “there are two primary ways in which the oil and gas industry commonly “ads” energy (pressure) into the ground. That is through hydraulic fracturing and water injection. The industry “subtracts” energy from the ground by producing hydrocarbons and the associated water that generally comes with it. These two forces are constantly opposing and offsetting each other. On a localized basis, at any given point in time, it is possible that the net result of these two forces is great enough (in either direction) to cause small and local trimmers. No doubt many of these are of such short duration and so small that they are never even noticed. Then there are some that make it to the observable and measurable threshold. Local and hyperlocal geology will generally determine the susceptibility of a particular area to these trimmers.”

KABB, the Fox affiliate in San Antonio, ran a story yesterday about the quake that occurred this week. Click on the video below to see their report:

Eagle Ford Shale Rig Count Increases by 1 to 263

New Waste Water Disposal Rules Could be Coming to Texas Soon
Eagle Ford Disposal Well Map

Eagle Ford Disposal Well Map | Click to Enlarge

The Eagle Ford Shale rig count increased by one to 263 rigs running across our coverage area by the end of last week.

In recent news, new waste water disposal rules could soon impact oil and gas development in Texas.

After a rash of low-magnitude earthquakes linked to injection/waste water disposal wells across the state, new rules could soon be on the table soon for industry to dispose of its drilling waste water.

Read moreCould New Waste Water Disposal Rules Be Coming to Texas?

The U.S. rig count increased by 11 to 1,925 rigs running by the end of last week. A total of 340 rigs were targeting natural gas (two more than the previous week) and 1,584 were targeting oil in the U.S. (9 more than the previous week). The remainder were drilling service wells (e.g. disposal wells, injection wells, etc.).  907 or ~48% of rigs active in the U.S. were running in Texas.

Baker Hughes rig count is quoted here. Baker Hughes also releases its own Eagle Ford Rig Count that covers the 14 core counties (202 rigs). 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 near the bottom of this article.

Eagle Ford Oil & Gas Rigs

The natural gas rig count increased by one to 13 rigs running by the end of last week. Average rig counts for natural gas production in 2012 were around 80 and then dropped to around 40 in 2013. Natural gas prices decreased by ~$.10 from the previous week to $4.08/mmbtu on Friday afternoon.

The oil rig count stayed flat at 250 rigs running by the end of last week. WTI oil prices increased by more than $2 from the previous week, trading at $93.25/bbl on Friday afternoon. Eagle Ford light crude traded at $89.75/bbl on Sept. 5th.

A total of 249 rigs are drilling horizontal wells, six rigs are drilling directional wells, and eight rigs are drilling vertical wells. Karnes, La Salle, De Witt, and Webb each have at minimum 25 rigs running. Karnes County has the highest rig count this week at 33. See the full list below in the Eagle Ford Shale Drilling by County below

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Eagle Ford Shale Drilling by Count


County Previous Week Current Week County Previous Week Current Week
KARNES 34 33 LEE 3 3
LA SALLE 30 30 LEON 3 3
DE WITT 26 26 ROBERTSON 3 3
WEBB 27 26 WILSON 2 3
DIMMIT 23 22 ZAVALA 3 3
MCMULLEN 21 20 DUVAL 2 2
ATASCOSA 12 13 GRIMES 2 2
MADISON 12 12 COLORADO 1 1
BRAZOS 11 11 GOLIAD 0 1
GONZALES 11 11 WASHINGTON 1 1
LAVACA 10 10 AUSTIN 0 0
LIVE OAK 8 8 BEE 0 0
BURLESON 7 7 MAVERICK 0 0
FRIO 6 7 MILAM 0 0
FAYETTE 4 5 BASTROP 0 0

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.

Eagle Ford Shale Rig Count Increases by 2 to 262

Texas Oil Production Hits 2.16 Million b/d - June 2014
Pump Jack Image

Oil Well Pump Jack

The Eagle Ford Shale rig count increased by two to 262 rigs running across our coverage area by the end of last week.

In recent news, the Texas Railroad Commission (RRC) reported state-wide crude oil production of 2.16-million b/d for June, 2014, at the end of August. That’s less than a 1% increase from the previous month, but 29% from the same time in 2013. Most of the state’s oil production in June came from the Eagle Ford Shale and West Texas’ Permian Basin.

Read more: Texas Oil Production Hits 2.16 Million b/d – June 2014

The U.S. rig count increased by 18 to 1,914 rigs running by the end of last week. A total of 338 rigs were targeting natural gas (eight more than the previous week) and 1,575 were targeting oil in the U.S. (11 more than the previous week). The remainder were drilling service wells (e.g. disposal wells, injection wells, etc.).  900 or ~48% of rigs active in the U.S. were running in Texas.

Baker Hughes rig count is quoted here. Baker Hughes also releases its own Eagle Ford Rig Count that covers the 14 core counties (203 rigs). 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 near the bottom of this article.

Eagle Ford Oil & Gas Rigs

The natural gas rig count decreased by one to 12 rigs running by the end of last week. Average rig counts for natural gas production in 2012 were around 80 and then dropped to around 40 in 2013. Natural gas prices increased by more than $.20 from the previous week to $4.08/mmbtu on Friday afternoon.

The oil rig count increased by three to 250 rigs running by the end of last week. WTI oil prices increased by ~$2 from the previous week, trading at $95.85/bbl on Friday afternoon. Eagle Ford light crude traded at $92.50/bbl on August 29th.

A total of 247 rigs are drilling horizontal wells, six rigs are drilling directional wells, and nine rigs are drilling vertical wells. Karnes, La Salle, De Witt, and Webb each have at minimum 25 rigs running. Karnes County has the highest rig count this week at 34. See the full list below in the Eagle Ford Shale Drilling by County below

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Eagle Ford Shale Drilling by Count


County Previous Week Current Week County Previous Week Current Week
KARNES 33 34 LEE 3 3
LA SALLE 31 30 LEON 3 3
WEBB 27 27 ROBERTSON 2 3
DE WITT 25 26 ZAVALA 5 3
DIMMIT 22 23 DUVAL 2 2
MCMULLEN 20 21 GRIMES 2 2
ATASCOSA 13 12 WILSON 1 2
MADISON 12 12 COLORADO 1 1
BRAZOS 13 11 WASHINGTON 1 1
GONZALES 12 11 AUSTIN 0 0
LAVACA 10 10 BEE 0 0
LIVE OAK 8 8 GOLIAD 0 0
BURLESON 7 7 MAVERICK 0 0
FRIO 3 6 MILAM 0 0
FAYETTE 4 4 BASTROP 0 0

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.

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