ZaZa Energy and Toreador Resources have agreed to a merger that will create a new public company that will trade on the NASDAQ under the symbol ZAZA. This is an interesting merger in that both companies are rumored to have joint venture agreements with Hess – ZaZa on its Eagle Ford acreage and Toreador on its Paris Basin acreage. The new ZaZa will bring the two partnerships under one roof.
ZaZa’s Eagle Ford Shale properties will provide a drilling inventory that gives the new company time to fully assess Toreador’s Paris Basin assets. The French aren’t real excited about hydraulic fracturing and the current fracking ban makes drilling in the Liassic shale more of a question than a plan. [Read more…]