Eagle Ford Flaring Impact on South Texas – Video

SA Express: La Salle County Flared 1/5 of Natural Gas Production Between 2009 - 12

Since the Eagle Ford oil boom began in 2009, the prolific development of the liquids-rich shale formation has put Texas in an enviable position on the world-stage as a top oil producer. As with any boom, there have been positives and negatives associated with development. This week, the San Antonio Express News published an investigative report highlighting one of the negatives – the flaring of natural gas.

As companies have aggressively developed the Eagle Ford Shale to benefit from the current high price of oil, natural gas, a lower priced commodity, has been flared in the process. A lack of natural gas pipeline infrastructure in some areas has also contributed to flaring. Federal rules implemented in 2011 that require greenhouse gas permits for things like compressor stations and processing plants have likely tied up pipeline projects that would’ve otherwise been implemented. Still, pipeline companies, which generally conduct an open season prior to beginning construction on a project, have had trouble getting enough commitments for natural gas pipelines in other oily plays like the Bakken Shale in North Dakota, which is the second most significant U.S. domestic shale play to the Eagle Ford. The Bakken Shale currently flares nearly 30% of its natural gas.

Read more: MDU Resources’ Natural Gas “Dakota Pipeline” Update – March 2014

According to the paper, oil producers flared and vented 32.7 billion cubic feet (Bcf) of casinghead gas from 2009 to 2012. That’s nearly 8% of all casinghead gas produced in the region, and 10 times higher than the flaring rate in the rest of Texas. During the same time frame, La Salle County, a top producer in the play, flared or vented about a fifth of its production — more than 10 million cubic feet (MMcf). At oil wells in Atascosa and Frio Counties, energy firms flared a quarter of the 17 Bcf of casinghead gas they produced. Companies operating in Wilson County produced nearly 1.4 Bcf of gas from oil wells, but flared or vented more than a third of it.

The question is could flaring be affecting health and quality of life. For some South Texas residents, there’s no question – Yes! The paper revealed that an estimated 15,000 tons of volatile organic compounds and other contaminants were released into the air in 2012 from flaring.

Watch the video below for first-hand accounts about the impact of flaring on South Texas:


Sanchez Nearly Doubles Eagle Ford Acreage in $639 Million Deal with Shell

Deal Includes 106,000 Net Eagle Ford Acres
Dimmit County Eagle Ford Shale Map

Dimmit County, TX

Houston-based Sanchez Energy Corporation announced in May of 2014 that it has entered a deal with Royal Dutch Shell subsidiaries in the Eagle Ford to purchase 106,000 net acres for $639-million. The acquisition increases Sanchez’s total net Eagle Ford acreage to 226,000, and adds 60 MMBOE of proved reserves, nearly doubling the company’s acreage position and proved reserves in the play.

During the first-quarter, the acquired assets had production of 24,000 boe/d (60% liquids). Sanchez estimates there are at least four years of drilling inventory from 200 “de-risked” wells in the new acreage, which extend across Dimmit, La Salle and Webb Counties.

CEO Tony Sanchez III, said, “the addition of this asset includes at least 200 identified drilling locations and up to 800 additional potential locations that can be added through our planned appraisal work on the rest of the asset and will take us to a total of almost 3,000 potential drilling locations. The estimated 200 de-risked ready-to-drill locations will provide at least four years of drilling inventory at a 50-well-per-year pace. We expect that this drilling activity will generate well-level rates of return in excess of 35% – 50%.”

This most recent acquisition is the largest for Sanchez in a string of acreage deals beginning early last year. In March of 2013, the company purchased 43,000 net acres in Dimmit, Frio, La Salle, and Zavala counties from Hess Corporation for $265-million. At that time, the acquisition from Hess also doubled the size of the company. In June of 2013, Sanchez stuck another deal for Eagle Ford acreage, acquiring 10,300 net acres in Fayette, Lavaca, and Gonzales counties for $28.8-million.

Read more: Sanchez-Hess Reach Eagle Ford Deal for $265 Million

Read more: ZaZa Selling Eagle Ford Assets to Sanchez Energy For $28.8 Million

Shell Exiting the Eagle Ford

In September of 2013, Shell announced it had plans to sell 106,000 acres in the Eagle Ford. The oil giant, unlike many other companies in the Eagle Ford, didn’t meet its internal targets for size and profitability in the play. With the divestiture of its primary Eagle Ford assets, Shell retains 147,000 acres of non-operated leases in Maverick County.

Read more: Shell’s Eagle Ford Acreage is For Sale

The acquisition is expected to close in the second quarter of 2014, with an effective date of January 1, 2014.

Read more at SanchezEnergyCorp.com

Panhandle Oil and Gas Acquires Interest in Eagle Ford Acreage for $80 Million

Deal Includes a 16% Non-Operated Working Interest in 11,100 Gross Eagle Ford Acres (1,775 net)
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In May of 2014, Oklahoma City-based Panhandle Oil & Gas Inc. signed an agreement with private sellers to acquire a 16% non-operated working interest in 11,100 gross Eagle Ford acres (1,775 net) for just over $80-million.

The properties are located in the core Eagle Ford oil window in La Salle and Frio counties.

The acreage block is held by production, with 52 Eagle Ford wells producing, and six awaiting completion. Five Pearsall wells and one Buda Limestone well are also producing. According to the company, the entire acreage has a drilling inventory of 113 undeveloped Eagle Ford locations.

Panhandle CEO Michael Coffman, said, “we are very pleased to be in a position to add this package of properties in the Eagle Ford Shale to Panhandle’s asset base. These properties produced an average of 733 net equivalent barrels of oil per day (80% oil, 10% NGL and 10% natural gas) during the first calendar quarter of 2014. Production volumes included two new Eagle Ford wells, which only produced the last 15 days of the quarter at a combined rate of 1,166 boe/d gross or 139 boe/d net. Another six new Eagle Ford wells have been drilled and are expected to begin producing this month at a first 30-day average gross rate of approximately 500 boe/day per well or a total of approximately 350 boe/day of additional net production. This transaction will significantly increase Panhandle’s current oil production, which is approximately 720 bbl/d.”

Panhandle estimates net proved developed reserves are approximately 1.72-million bbls oil, 1.73-million mcf gas and 297,000 bbls NGLs.  Reserves for the 113 undeveloped locations, which are projected to have an average effective lateral length of approximately 7000′, are estimated to be 5.57-million bbls oil, 4.58-million mcf of gas and 789,000 bbls NGLs.

Currently, the property is being developed with a one drilling rig program. The operator is Oklahoma City-based Cheyenne Petroleum Company.

The transaction is projected to close by mid-June of 2014, with an effective date of April 1, 2014.

Read more at panhandleoilandgas.com