Karnes County Earthquake Sets Record in Eagle Ford Area

A 4.8 magnitude Karnes County earthquake rattled doors Thursday morning. (Atascosa County is now reported as the epicenter) You can view USGS data Here. It isn’t the first earthquake in the area, but was larger than previous quakes. It was just 2008, which is before Eagle Ford Shale development began, when a 3.7 magnitude quake struck the area and 1993 when the largest I can remember hit the area (4.3 mag). Yesterday’s disturbance is likely the largest on record for the area, but one of a dozen or so since 1990. Tremors were felt as far as San Antonio.

Oil & gas drilling activity has not been linked to this event. If drilling directly led to earthquakes, West Texas would have fallen off the map a long time ago. It just so happens that oil & gas are present in areas of high tectonic activity. The Los Angeles basin is one of the most active areas in the world and also boast the most hydrocarbons per cubic ft of rock in the world.

There have been concerns that deep disposal wells where fluids are being injected into the ground could be tied to small earthquakes. It won’t be clear for a long time if that might be the case here. Test are ongoing in more established shale plays in North Texas’ Barnett Shale and in Arkansas’ Fayetteville Shale. [Read more…]

Bee County Job Fair Draws Record Crowd

We’re experiencing an oil boom in South Texas, but there are still lots of people job hunting. The great thing about the oilfield is it creates lots of jobs and opportunities. There were an estimated 1,000 jobs on display yesterday at the Beeville, TX, job fair and visitors trumped expectations when as many as 2,000 people visited potential employers.

Visit the Eagle Ford Jobs Page to search open positions in the South Texas oilfield.  [Read more…]

1,000 Oilfield Job Openings At Beeville Career Fair Oct. 4

Job hunters in South Texas should head out to Beeville’s Bee County Exposition Center for a job fair today. 25 employers will be on hand to fill Eagle Ford Shale related jobs. Those companies have more than 900 oilfield job openings across the area. [Read more…]

Eagle Ford Task Force Outlines Goals

The Eagle Ford Task Force (EFTF), appointed by Texas Railroad Commissioner David Porter, convened yesterday at Coastal Bend College in Beeville to outline its goals and engage in a productive discussion regarding work force issues related to the development of the Eagle Ford Shale.

The 24-member task force established that its main purpose is to serve as a forum for dialogue, so that task force members can bring issues and concerns from their constituents to the table and work toward solutions. The group also agreed to meet monthly and to provide recommendations on the top issues facing the region.

The EFTF also approved an agenda for the rest of the calendar year, prioritizing the region’s most pressing issues. Over the next four months, the task force will discuss the following:

  • Water usage as it relates to hydraulic fracturing
  • The impact of oil and gas production on community infrastructure
  • The need for public education regarding oil and gas production
  • Promoting economic development stemming from oil and gas production

[Read more…]

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