Chesapeake – Utica JV – Eagle Ford Drilling at a High

Chesapeake Energy continued its string of successful joint-ventures (JV) following leasing that has added more than 5 million acres in shale plays over the past few years. In all, the company has spent $2,200 per acre and gone on to sell a portion of that acreage for almost $11,000 per acre. Chesapeake has recouped its investment in all of those plays by selling no more than a 33% interest in each shale play.

In the latest JV, CHK is getting $2.14 billion or $15,000 per acre for a 25% interest in 650,000 net acres in the wet gas window of the Utica Shale in Ohio. I assume this is the area where CHK references “superior economics”. It will be interesting to see what happens in the dry gas and oily windows.

Chesapeake’s Eagle Ford drilling program has ramped up to 29 rigs running across the play. 29 rigs leads the way in South Texas and those numbers are expected to stay high as CNOOC’s cost carry continues to help fund development. [Read more…]

Hess Encouraged in the Eagle Ford

Hess announced third quarter earnings today (Oct. 26). The Eagle Ford was only mentioned briefly.

The question was posed whether or not the Eagle Ford is core to the company.


Paying $3,000 per acre is significant, but is the company ready to call the area “Core”. [Read more…]

Lawsuits Over Mineral Rights on the Rise

Lawsuits over the nature of mineral leasing and the high stakes game of who owns and who leased first is a multi-million dollar issue in South Texas. Everyone sells land and leases minerals happily until acreage prices skyrocket. That’s when the lawyers come out. That’s when people realize they might have missed something very big. The gravy train of $10,000+ per acre lease bonuses and long lived royalties might have passed right by. Often times, real estate trades for fractions of the dollar before oil or gas is discovered.

In a 1-2 year time period in Northern Louisiana, acreage prices in the Haynesville Shale increased from less than $3,000 an acre (that was good) to sell land and mineral rights to simply leasing minerals for as much as $20,000 per acre. Prices have come down, but the boom is much like what we’experiencing in the Eagle Ford.

The dollars involved also increase the likelihood of fraud. There will no doubt be bad apples, but companies do their due diligence on title and many of these issues are resolved before leasing. If you are leasing, always do research to make sure you’re working with a reputable party.

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EOG’s Eagle Ford Shale Investment Paying Off

EOG is reaping the benefits from being an early mover in the Eagle Ford Shale. The company was able to build an over 500,000 acre position for $450 per acre, while industry deals are now trading above $20,000 per acre. After assembling its acreage position, EOG drilling operations commenced and the company has gone for 0 to 23,000 barrels of oil per day in just 18 months.

The company did a recent interview on its Shale Oil operation with CNN and you get a taste for how early the company began moving into liquids plays. [Read more…]

Eagle Ford Lease Bonuses Making Land Owners Millionaires

Eagle Ford lease offers are going out daily, so if you own land in South Texas expect to hear the landman knocking. Lease bonuses are several thousand dollars per acre in areas of proven production potential and operators are making land owners millionaires over night. For more on leasing activity visit [Read more…]