Economic Impact of the Eagle Ford Shale – UTSA Study

UTSA’s Institute for Economic Development is releasing its latest study at two luncheons. One on May 9 in San Antonio and another in Cotulla on May 11.

Here are the highlights from the San Antonio event:

In 2011:

  • Eagle Ford Shale development supported almost 50,000
  • Total impact of the play was $25 billion
  • Companies paid $3.1 billion in salaries related to the play’s development
  • 14 county core area has seen average salaries rise 27-34% across the board

In 2021:

  • Total economic impact could range from a low case of $25 billion to a high case of $96 billion
  • Eagle Ford could support 117,000 jobs. More than 2.5 times current employment

On a side note:

  • UTSA inherited 5,000 acres years ago and is getting royalties from one lease that is paying $25,000 per month. The money is going straight to scholarships
  • All statistics were taken from a mid-case or moderate view of development. If the high case comes to fruition, the play could contribute even more to South Texas.

Tom Tunstall and crew did a great job presenting the findings. We’re blessed to have great resources like the Institute of Economic Development right in our backyard.

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