Eagle Ford Counties Dominate List of Top Oil Producing Counties in Texas

Texas Oil Production Has Grown Roughly 20% Over the Past Twelve Months
Top Oil & Gas Producing Counties in Texas

Top Oil & Gas Producing Counties in Texas – Eagle Ford Counties Circled – Click to Enlarge

The Eagle Ford dominates the latest list of the top oil & gas producing counties in Texas. The Eagle Ford contributes the majority of production in the top three oil producing counties and five of the top 10 producers in the state.

Texas oil production has grown approximately 20% since this time last year. I don’t think anyone can deny we’re in the midst of an oil boom [Read more…]

Eagle Ford Shale Well Map – TX RRC – August 2013

Number of Eagle Ford Gas Wells Producing Has Doubled In 2013
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An updated Eagle Ford well map from the Texas Railroad Commission shows the number of natural gas wells producing in the play has doubled since January.

Over a 210 day period between January 7, 2013 and August 5, 2013, a little more than 7 oil wells and 4 gas wells have come online per day. A total of 1,537 oil wells and 954 natural gas wells have been brought to production. [Read more…]

Eagle Ford Oil Output Surpasses 600,000 b/d In May

Reported Crude Oil Production Up Almost 70% Since May 2012
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Eagle Ford oil production crossed 600,000 b/d for the first time in May 2013. Initial reports to the Texas Railroad Commission total more than 580,000 b/d. With revisions and late reporting almost every month has been revised upward by 30,000-50,000 b/d.

The U.S. produced 7.3 million b/d of crude oil in April, so the Eagle Ford accounts for more than 8% of all oil produced across the country. The Eagle Ford is quickly gaining on other shale plays and will likely match and surpass Bakken production sometime in the next two years. [Read more…]

Eagle Ford Shale Well Map – TX RRC – May 2013

Just Under 5,000 Producing Wells & 5,000+ Eagle Ford Permits To Date
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Eagle Ford Shale Well Map – May 2013 | Click to Enlarge

An updated Eagle Ford well map was published by the RRC in mid-May.

Over a 98 day period between February and May, an average of almost 8 oil wells and almost 5 gas wells came online per day. It is obvious higher gas prices have been welcomed during the first half of the year.

The number of gas wells online has grown by almost 50% in just over three months.

Between February and May:

  • 768 oil wells came online – 3,462 producing
  • 448 gas wells came online – 1,443 producing
  • 5,497 permits had been approved and were pending development
  • More than 10,402 well permits have been drilled or are pending. Permits expire after two years, so many more have have been permitted over the past five years.

Data from the RRC is always a little delayed, so the numbers reflected are not be 100% accurate. The RRC is at the mercy of companies reporting data in a timely fashion. I suspect we have well over 5,000 producing Eagle Ford wells today.

Eagle Ford Oil Production Surpasses 500,000 b/d – Up 100%

Oil Production Surpasses Half A Million Barrels Per Day
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Eagle Ford crude oil production surpassed 500,000 b/d in February 2013. Initial reports from the Texas Railroad Commission peg production at ~470,000 b/d and a normal revision next month should put production near 520,000 b/d. That represents growth of approximately 100% over February 2012 production levels of ~270,000 b/d. [Read more…]

New Oil & Gas Water Recycling Rules – TX RRC

Water Recycling At Oil & Gas Wells in TX Just Got a Bit Easier

The Railroad Commission has adopted new rules to encourage Texas operators to continue their efforts at conserving water used in the hydraulic fracturing process for oil and gas wells. They have essentially relaxed rules to make it easier for operators to recycle water onsite.

Major changes adopted to the Commission’s water recycling rules include eliminating the need for a recycling permit if operators are recycling fluid on their own leases or transferring their fluids to another operator’s lease for recycling. The changes adopted by the Commission today also clearly identify recycling permit application requirements and reflect existing standard field conditions for recycling permits.

Chairman Barry Smitherman said, “By removing regulatory hurdles, these new amendments will help foster the recycling efforts by oil and gas operators who continue to examine ways to reduce freshwater use when hydraulically fracturing well.”

Commissioner David Porter said, “Water use has been a major concern examined by my Eagle Ford Shale Task Force, and I commend our staff for working to streamline our rules to encourage more recycling.”

Commissioner Christi Craddick said, “Just as our operators have used technology to bring us into this modern day boom of oil production, they are also using technology to reduce their fresh water use. The changes adopted today will assist in those efforts.”

Water shortages in Texas in the past 5 years has brought the spotlight on new oil and gas production methods, in particular hydraulic fracturing. Even though this technique is reported to only use about 1% of water usage in the state, it is an important resource that industries are compelled to manage properly for a more responsible energy future. In doing so, a new ruling by the Texas Railroad Commission removes the regulatory hurdle from recycling frac water– bringing big promise to the future of water recycling in the region. “We see this change as an opportunity to accelerate deployment of our water recycling technologies in Texas.”, said Peter Pappas, VP at Bosque Systems.

The rule amendment also establishes five categories of commercial recycling permits to reflect industry practices in the field:

  • On-lease Commercial Solid Oil and Gas Waste Recycling
  • Off-lease or Centralized Commercial Solid Oil and Gas Waste Recycling
  • Stationary Commercial Solid Oil and Gas Waste Recycling
  • Off-lease Commercial Recycling of Fluid
  • Stationary Commercial Recycling of Fluid

The changes to the rule also establish a tiered approach for the reuse of treated fluid, including both authorized reuse of treated fluids in oil and gas operations and provisions for reusing the fluid for other non-oilfield related uses.