Eagle Ford Rig Count Falls to 192

Chesapeake Alleges Former CEO Stole Trade Secrets
Eagle ford rig counts

Eagle Ford Rig Counts Down

The Eagle Ford Shale rig count decreased by four to 192 rigs running across our coverage area by the end of last week.

In recent Eagle Ford news, Chesapeake Energy filed a lawsuit against American Energy Partners. The suit alleges former CEO Aubrey McClendon stole confidential documents including maps of oil and gas prospects before leaving the company in 2013.

Read more: Chesapeake Sues American Energy Partners

The U.S. rig count fell another 48 to 1310 rigs running by the end of last week. A total of 289 rigs were targeting natural gas (down 11 from the previous week) and 1019 were targeting oil in the U.S. (37 less than the previous week). The remainder were drilling service wells (e.g. disposal wells, injection wells, etc.) 576 of the rigs active in the U.S. were running in Texas.

Baker Hughes reports its own Eagle Ford Rig Count that covers the 14 core counties (181 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

Natural gas increased remained flat at 22 rigs running by the end of yesterday. Natural gas prices increased by $.14 from the previous week at $2.94/mmbtu on Friday afternoon.

The oil rig count decreased by four to 192 rigs running by the end of last week. WTI oil prices decreased by $2.14 from the previous week, trading at $50.50/bbl on Friday morning. A total of 177 rigs are drilling horizontal wells, three rigs are drilling directional wells, and vertical rigs increased by three to 12 total.  Karnes (28), Dimmit (24), and DeWitt (23) have the highest rig counts this week. See the full list below in the Eagle Ford Shale Drilling by County below

Eagle Ford Shale Drilling by Count

County Previous Week Current Week County Previous Week Current Week
KARNES 31 28 LEON 2 2
DIMMIT 25 24 WILSON 1 2
DE WITT 23 23 ZAVALA 2 2
LA SALLE 18 19 FAYETTE 2 1
MCMULLEN 21 17 GRIMES 0 1
WEBB 17 17 ROBERTSON 0 1
GONZALES 11 11 AUSTIN 0 0
LAVACA 10 10 BEE 0 0
LIVE OAK 5 7 COLORADO 0 0
ATASCOSA 6 6 GOLIAD 0 0
BURLESON 7 6 LEE 0 0
MADISON 7 6 MAVERICK 0 0
FRIO 4 4 MILAM 0 0
BRAZOS 4 3 WASHINGTON 0 0
DUVAL 0 2 BASTROP 0 0

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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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Eagle Ford Shale Rigs Down to 196

ConocoPhillips to Cut 2015 Spending for EFS
ConocoPhillips Revises 2015 Capex

ConocoPhillips Revises 2015 Capex

The Eagle Ford Shale rig count decreased by five to 196 rigs running across our coverage area by the end of last week.

In recent Eagle Ford news, ConocoPhillips announced fourth quarter results for the 2014 and updated its capex plans for the coming year. Though production is expected to remain high, 2015 projections include a cut in spending for the Eagle Ford.

Read more: ConocoPhillips Reports Q4 Losses

The U.S. rig count fell another 98 to 1358 rigs running by the end of last week. A total of 300 rigs were targeting natural gas (down 14 from the previous week) and 1056 were targeting oil in the U.S. (84 less than the previous week). The remainder were drilling service wells (e.g. disposal wells, injection wells, etc.). 598 of the rigs active in the U.S. were running in Texas.

Baker Hughes reports its own Eagle Ford Rig Count that covers the 14 core counties (181 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

Natural gas increased by three to 22 rigs running by the end of last week. Natural gas prices increased by $.22 from the previous week at $2.80/mmbtu on Friday afternoon.

The oil rig count decreased by five to 196 rigs running by the end of last week. WTI oil prices increased by $.95 from the previous week, trading at $52.64/bbl on Friday afternoon. A total of 185 rigs are drilling horizontal wells, two rigs are drilling directional wells, and nine rigs are drilling vertical wells. Karnes (31), Dimmit (25), and DeWitt (23) have the highest rig counts this week. See the full list below in the Eagle Ford Shale Drilling by County below

Eagle Ford Shale Drilling by Count

County Previous Week Current Week County Previous Week Current Week
KARNES 31 31 LEON 1 2
DIMMIT 26 25 ZAVALA 2 2
DE WITT 23 23 WILSON 1 1
MCMULLEN 21 21 AUSTIN 0 0
LA SALLE 18 18 BEE 0 0
WEBB 17 17 COLORADO 0 0
GONZALES 12 11 DUVAL 0 0
LAVACA 10 10 GOLIAD 0 0
BURLESON 7 7 GRIMES 1 0
MADISON 9 7 LEE 0 0
ATASCOSA 9 6 MAVERICK 0 0
LIVE OAK 2 5 MILAM 0 0
BRAZOS 3 4 ROBERTSON 0 0
FRIO 6 4 WASHINGTON 0 0
FAYETTE 2 2 BASTROP 0 0

Eagle Ford Shale News

Pioneer Resources Reveals Q4 & 2015 Capex

Comstock Resources Q4 Report

ConocoPhillips Reports Q4 Losses

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.

Rad full report at bakerhughes.com

Eagle Ford Rig Count Down by 10 to 201

Crude Prices Up For Second Week in a Row
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Eagle Ford Rig Counts Down

The Eagle Ford Shale rig count decreased by 10 to 201 rigs running across our coverage area by the end of last week.

In recent Eagle Ford news, troubled Lucas Energy sets its eyes on a merger. Just days after revealing it had defaulted on a massive $7.7 million dollar debt,  the company executed a letter of intent for a proposed business combination with Victory Energy Corporation. This is the preliminary step to an official merger agreement that allows the companies to negotiate exclusively. Part of the agreement will be to provide for the capital necessary for Lucas to satisfy its obligations for its Eagle Ford wells, accounts payable and necessary working capital.

Read more: Lucas Energy to Join with Victory

The U.S. rig count fell another 87 to 1456  rigs running by the end of last week. A total of 314 rigs were targeting natural gas (down 2 from the previous week) and 1,317 1140 were targeting oil in the U.S. (177 less than the previous week). The remainder were drilling service wells (e.g. disposal wells, injection wells, etc.).  654 of the rigs active in the U.S. were running in Texas.

Baker Hughes reports its own Eagle Ford Rig Count that covers the 14 core counties (181 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

Natural gas increased by one to 19 rigs running by the end of last week. Natural gas prices decreased by $.11 from the previous week at $2.58/mmbtu on Friday afternoon.

The oil rig count decreased by 10 to 21 rigs running by the end of last week. WTI oil prices increased by $3.45 from the previous week, trading at $51.69/bbl on Friday afternoon. A total of 189 rigs are drilling horizontal wells, three rigs are drilling directional wells, and nine rigs are drilling vertical wells. Karnes (31), Dimmit (26), and DeWitt (23) have the highest rig counts this week. See the full list below in the Eagle Ford Shale Drilling by County below

Eagle Ford Shale Drilling by Count

County Previous Week Current Week County Previous Week Current Week
KARNES 33 31 ZAVALA 2 2
DIMMIT 28 26 GRIMES 1 1
DE WITT 25 23 LEON 1 1
MCMULLEN 21 21 WILSON 0 1
LA SALLE 19 18 AUSTIN 0 0
WEBB 17 17 BEE 0 0
GONZALES 12 12 COLORADO 0 0
LAVACA 9 10 DUVAL 0 0
ATASCOSA 10 9 GOLIAD 0 0
MADISON 9 9 LEE 0 0
BURLESON 7 7 MAVERICK 0 0
FRIO 6 6 MILAM 0 0
BRAZOS 4 3 ROBERTSON 0 0
FAYETTE 2 2 WASHINGTON 0 0
LIVE OAK 5 2 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.

Read more at bakerhughes.com

Eagle Ford Rig Count Down by 21

Rigs Continue to Decrease as Crude Inches Upward
EFS Rigs Decrease

EFS Rigs Decrease

The Eagle Ford Shale rig count decreased by 21 to 211 rigs running across our coverage area by the end of last week.

In recent Eagle Ford news, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) has released new maps that include updated information for Eagle Ford derived from producing wells from January 2000- June 2014. These maps are categorized based on Gas-to-oil ratio, elevation contours, footprint and thickness contours.

Read more: EIA Updates Eagle Ford Maps

The U.S. rig count fell by 90 to 1543 rigs running by the end of last week. A total of 316 rigs were targeting natural gas (up 6 from the previous week) and 1,317 were targeting oil in the U.S. (ten less than the previous week). The remainder were drilling service wells (e.g. disposal wells, injection wells, etc.).  753 of the rigs active in the U.S. were running in Texas.

Baker Hughes reports its own Eagle Ford Rig Count that covers the 14 core counties. 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 rigs increased by four to 18 rigs running by the end of last week. Natural gas prices decreased by $.20 from the previous week at $2.69/mmbtu on Friday afternoon.

The oil rig count decreased by 21 to 211 rigs running by the end of last week. WTI oil prices increased by $3.10 from the previous week, trading at $48.24/bbl on Friday afternoon. A total of 200 rigs are drilling horizontal wells, three rigs are drilling directional wells, and eight rigs are drilling vertical wells. Karnes (33), Dimmit (28), and DeWitt (25) have the highest rig counts this week. See the full list below in the Eagle Ford Shale Drilling by County below

Eagle Ford Shale Drilling by Count

County Previous Week Current Week County Previous Week Current Week
KARNES 33 33 ZAVALA 3 2
DIMMIT 28 28 GRIMES 0 1
DE WITT 25 25 LEON 2 1
MCMULLEN 19 21 AUSTIN 0 0
LA SALLE 21 19 BEE 0 0
WEBB 15 17 COLORADO 0 0
GONZALES 10 12 DUVAL 0 0
ATASCOSA 14 10 GOLIAD 0 0
LAVACA 10 9 LEE 4 0
MADISON 9 9 MAVERICK 0 0
BURLESON 13 7 MILAM 0 0
FRIO 6 6 ROBERTSON 0 0
LIVE OAK 7 5 WASHINGTON 0 0
BRAZOS 10 4 WILSON 0 0
FAYETTE 3 2 BASTROP 0 0

What is 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

Read full report at bakerhughes.com

Eagle Ford Rig Count Decreases by Three to 232

North Texas Quakes Blamed on Drilling
Eagle Ford Rig Map August 2012

Eagle Ford Rig Map 2012 | Courtesy Baker Hughes

The Eagle Ford Shale rig count decreased by three to 232 rigs running across our coverage area by the end of last week.

In recent Eagle Ford news, the U.S Geological Society registered close to a dozen quakes in the region ranging in intensity from a 2.6-3.7 on the richter scale within a 36 hour period. Earthquakes in Texas have been on the rise in recent years, causing many to make a connection between increased seismic activity and the fracking throughout the state.

Read more: Texas Quakes Alarm Residents

The U.S. rig count decreased by 43 to 1,633 rigs running by the end of last week. A total of 316 rigs were targeting natural gas (six more than the previous week) and 1,317 were targeting oil in the U.S. (10 more than the previous week).  753 of rigs active in the U.S. were running in Texas.

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Eagle Ford Shale Drilling by Count

Previous Wk Current Wk
KARNES 34 33
DIMMIT 28 28
DE WITT 25 25
LA SALLE 23 21
MCMULLEN 19 19
WEBB 14 15
ATASCOSA 14 14
BURLESON 12 13
BRAZOS 10 10
GONZALES 11 10
LAVACA 10 10
MADISON 9 9
LIVE OAK 7 7
FRIO 6 6
LEE 3 4
FAYETTE 3 3
ZAVALA 4 3
LEON 2 2
AUSTIN 0 0
BEE 0 0
COLORADO 0 0
DUVAL 0 0
GOLIAD 0 0
GRIMES 1 0
MAVERICK 0 0
MILAM 0 0
ROBERTSON 0 0
WASHINGTON 0 0
WILSON 0 0
BASTROP 0 0
235 232

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Eagle Ford Rig Count Decreases to 235

More declines Likely Due to Lowered Oil Prices
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Eagle Ford Rig Counts Down

The Eagle Ford rig count decreased by 13 this week ending at 235, adding to the sharp decline seen in the region as we lost 26 active rigs in the last four weeks.

WTI crude prices have decreased by ~$9.59 since December 19th, trading at $55.99/bbl on Monday morning. As oil prices continue to drop, reports of deeper budget cuts and layoffs are now daily news.

Related: Energy Giants Announce Layoffs

Related: Halcón Plans to Reduce Rigs for 2015

Eagle Ford and Bakken are both experiencing a decrease in rig count, but other regions are also seeing a decline.  The U.S. rig count decreased to 1,676 rigs running by the end of last week with a total of 310 rigs targeting natural gas (down 28 from December) and 1,366 targeting oil in the U.S. (down 170 since December).

Previous Wk Current Wk
KARNES 36 34
DIMMIT 30 28
DE WITT 27 25
LA SALLE 23 23
MCMULLEN 20 19
ATASCOSA 16 14
WEBB 15 14
BURLESON 13 12
GONZALES 11 11
BRAZOS 10 10
LAVACA 9 10
MADISON 9 9
LIVE OAK 6 7
FRIO 7 6
ZAVALA 5 4
FAYETTE 3 3
LEE 3 3
LEON 2 2
GRIMES 1 1

 

What is the Rig Count?

The Bakken Shale Rig Count is an index of the total number of oil & gas drilling rigs running across Montana and North Dakota. The rigs referred to in this article are for ALL drilling reported by Baker Hughes and not solely wells targeting the Bakken 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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Eagle Ford Shale Rig Count Increases by One to 261

Eagle Ford and Bakken Drilling Permits Fall by 30%
Eagle Ford Reaches One Billion Barrels

Eagle Ford Reaches One Billion Barrels

The Eagle Ford Shale rig count increased by one to 261 rigs running across our coverage area by the end of last week.

In recent Eagle Ford news, oil prices have plummeted 40% in the last six months, and that’s putting the kibosh on some new drilling across North American shale plays.

According to DrillingInfo.com, applications for new drilling permits in South Texas’ Eagle Ford Shale and North Dakota’s and Montana’s Bakken Shale fell approximately 30% in November of 2014 compared to the previous month. However, the Texas Railroad Commission reports a whopping 4,891 new drilling and re-enter permits in the Eagle Ford from Jan. – Oct. of this year, already surpassing the total for new drilling and re-enter permits in 2013 of 4,416.

Read more: Eagle Ford and Bakken Drilling Permits Fall 30%

The U.S. rig count decreased by 18 to 1,875 rigs running by the end of last week. A total of 338 rigs were targeting natural gas (down 8 from the previous week) and 1,536 were targeting oil in the U.S. (ten less than the previous week). The remainder were drilling service wells (e.g. disposal wells, injection wells, etc.).  868 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 (206 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 increased by two to 16 rigs running by the end of last week. Natural gas prices decreased by $.60 from the previous week at $3.14/mmbtu on Friday afternoon.

The oil rig count increased by three to 245 rigs running by the end of last week. WTI oil prices decreased by ~$200 from the previous week, trading at $55.98/bbl on Friday afternoon. Eagle Ford light crude traded at $53.00/bbl on December 19th.

A total of 247 rigs are drilling horizontal wells, six rigs are drilling directional wells, and eight rigs are drilling vertical wells. Karnes, Dimmit, and DeWitt each have at minimum 27 rigs running. Dimmit 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
DIMMIT 35 36 FAYETTE 3 3
KARNES 33 36 LEE 3 3
DE WITT 27 27 LEON 3 3
MCMULLEN 23 23 AUSTIN 2 2
LA SALLE 22 22 MAVERICK 2 2
WEBB 15 15 COLORADO 1 1
ATASCOSA 14 14 BEE 1 0
BRAZOS 12 12 DUVAL 1 0
BURLESON 11 12 GOLIAD 0 0
GONZALES 12 11 GRIMES 0 0
MADISON 11 10 MILAM 0 0
LAVACA 9 9 ROBERTSON 0 0
FRIO 7 7 WASHINGTON 0 0
LIVE OAK 7 7 WILSON 0 0
ZAVALA 6 6 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 260

Eagle Ford Reaches 1-Billion Barrels Cumulative Liquids Production
Eagle Ford Reaches One Billion Barrels

Eagle Ford Reaches One Billion Barrels

The Eagle Ford Shale rig count decreased by one to 260 rigs running across our coverage area by the end of last week.

In recent Eagle Ford news, amidst falling crude prices and dire predictions about the future of the industry, Wood Mackenzie announced that Eagle Ford reached an impressive milestone in November as production topped one billion barrels. Over the past two years, production in the Eagle Ford play has exploded and elevated the area as a major force in the world energy market.

Read more: Eagle Ford Reaches One Billion Barrels of Crude

The U.S. rig count decreased by 27 to 1,893 rigs running by the end of last week. A total of 346 rigs were targeting natural gas (up 2 from the previous week) and 1,546 were targeting oil in the U.S. (29 less than the previous week). The remainder were drilling service wells (e.g. disposal wells, injection wells, etc.).  872 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 (204 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 stayed flat at 18 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 flat from the previous week at $3.74/mmbtu on Friday afternoon.

The oil rig count decreased by one to 242 rigs running by the end of last week. WTI oil prices decreased by ~$6.00 from the previous week, trading at $57.99/bbl on Friday afternoon. Eagle Ford light crude traded at $56.50/bbl on December 12th.

A total of 244 rigs are drilling horizontal wells, six rigs are drilling directional wells, and 10 rigs are drilling vertical wells. Karnes, Dimmit, and DeWitt each have at minimum 27 rigs running. Dimmit County has the highest rig count this week at 35. 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
DIMMIT 35 35 FAYETTE 3 3
KARNES 35 33 LEE 3 3
DE WITT 27 27 LEON 3 3
MCMULLEN 21 23 AUSTIN 2 2
LA SALLE 24 22 MAVERICK 2 2
WEBB 15 15 BEE 1 1
ATASCOSA 15 14 COLORADO 2 1
BRAZOS 11 12 DUVAL 1 1
GONZALES 12 12 GOLIAD 0 0
BURLESON 12 11 GRIMES 0 0
MADISON 9 11 MILAM 0 0
LAVACA 9 9 ROBERTSON 0 0
FRIO 7 7 WASHINGTON 0 0
LIVE OAK 7 7 WILSON 0 0
ZAVALA 5 6 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 Seven to 261

EIA: Texas is the Largest Producer of Shale Natural Gas
Gross Withdrawls from Shale Gas Wells

Gross Withdrawls from Shale Gas Wells|Click to Enlarge

The Eagle Ford Shale rig count stayed flat at 261 rigs running across our coverage area by the end of last week.

In recent Eagle Ford news, Texas is the largest producer of shale natural gas, according to a report from the Energy Information Administration (EIA). From 2007 to 2013, shale gas production in Texas increased from 3 bcf/d to 11 bcf/d, with the majority of the shale gas produced coming from the Barnett, Eagle Ford, and Haynesville Shale formations.

Read more: EIA: Texas is Largest Producer of Shale Natural Gas

The U.S. rig count decreased by 3 to 1,920 rigs running by the end of last week. A total of 344 rigs were targeting natural gas (flat from the previous week) and 1,575 were targeting oil in the U.S. (three less 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 (206 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 increased by two to 18 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 fell by ~$.30 from the previous week at $3.70/mmbtu on Friday afternoon.

The oil rig count decreased by nine to 243 rigs running by the end of last week. WTI oil prices increased by ~$3.00 from the previous week, trading at $64.33/bbl on Monday morning. Eagle Ford light crude traded at $62.65/bbl on December 5th.

A total of 245 rigs are drilling horizontal wells, six rigs are drilling directional wells, and 10 rigs are drilling vertical wells. Karnes, Dimmit, and DeWitt each have at minimum 27 rigs running. Dimmit County has the highest rig count this week at 35. 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
DIMMIT 37 35 FAYETTE 3 3
KARNES 36 35 LEE 2 3
DE WITT 27 27 LEON 3 3
LA SALLE 24 24 AUSTIN 2 2
MCMULLEN 20 21 COLORADO 3 2
ATASCOSA 13 15 MAVERICK 2 2
WEBB 16 15 BEE 1 1
BURLESON 12 12 DUVAL 1 1
GONZALES 13 12 GOLIAD 0 0
BRAZOS 11 11 GRIMES 0 0
LAVACA 11 9 MILAM 0 0
MADISON 11 9 ROBERTSON 0 0
FRIO 10 7 WASHINGTON 0 0
LIVE OAK 6 7 WILSON 0 0
ZAVALA 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 Stays Flat at 268

IHS: Shale Growth Still Strong, Despite Dip in Oil Prices
Pump Jack Image

Oil Well Pump Jack

The Eagle Ford Shale rig count stayed flat at 268 rigs running across our coverage area by the end of last week.

In recent Eagle Ford news, research consultancy IHS Energy reports most shale plays are economic and ~80% of potential drilling in 2015 would remain strong at WTI crude oil prices as low as $70 per barrel.

Now that oil has fallen below $70, it’s likely some operators will decided to cut back their drilling programs for 2015. However, in the vast majority of the Eagle Ford’s liquids-rich areas, break-even oil prices are between $50 – $60 per barrel.

In the Karnes Trough, one of the best areas of the play, analysts predict it would be profitable, even if the price of oil fell into the $40s range.

Read more: IHS: U.S. Shale Growth Still Strong, Despite Lower Oil Prices

The U.S. rig count increased by decreased by 12 to 1,917 rigs running by the end of last week. A total of 344 rigs were targeting natural gas (11 less than the previous week) and 1,572 were targeting oil in the U.S. (two less than the previous week). The remainder were drilling service wells (e.g. disposal wells, injection wells, etc.).  901 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 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 stayed flat from the previous week at $4.02/mmbtu on Friday afternoon.

The oil rig count stayed flat at 252 rigs running by the end of last week. WTI oil prices increased by nearly $10.00 from the previous week, trading at $67.48/bbl on Monday morning. Eagle Ford light crude traded at $62.50/bbl on November 28th.

A total of 251 rigs are drilling horizontal wells, seven rigs are drilling directional wells, and 10 rigs are drilling vertical wells. Karnes, Dimmit, and DeWitt each have at minimum 27 rigs running. Dimmit 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
DIMMIT 37 37 COLORADO 3 3
KARNES 36 36 FAYETTE 3 3
DE WITT 27 27 LEON 3 3
LA SALLE 24 24 AUSTIN 2 2
MCMULLEN 20 20 LEE 2 2
WEBB 16 16 MAVERICK 2 2
ATASCOSA 13 13 BEE 1 1
GONZALES 13 13 DUVAL 1 1
BURLESON 12 12 GOLIAD 0 0
BRAZOS 11 11 GRIMES 0 0
LAVACA 11 11 MILAM 0 0
MADISON 11 11 ROBERTSON 0 0
FRIO 10 10 WASHINGTON 0 0
LIVE OAK 6 6 WILSON 0 0
ZAVALA 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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