Lavaca County, TX and the Eagle Ford Shale Play

Lavaca County Eagle Ford Shale Map
Lavaca County Eagle Ford Shale Map

Lavaca County (970 sq miles) in South Texas serves as the northern extent of a prolific portion of the Eagle Ford shale that moves into DeWitt and Gonzales counties.

Lavaca County is targeted for the liquids-rich nature of the Eagle Ford formation in this area. The county is part of the northern region of the play and is prospective for shale oil, shale gas, and condensate, which are being developed by horizontal drilling. Thermal maturity in this area might provide production from all three phases of the dry gas, gas-condensate, and oil windows.  The formation begins to degrade as you move into the county.  Much of the drilling activity is focused along the border with DeWitt County and Gonzales County in the liquids-rich areas of the play.

County services of interest to oil and gas lease owners include the Lavaca County Appraisal District (tax collector) office and the Lavaca County Clerk (property records) office. The county seat is the town of Hallettsville. Other towns in Lavaca County include Moulton, Shiner, Sweet Home, and Yoakum.

Lavaca County Oil & Gas Discussion Forum

Join the Lavaca County Discussion Group today - your voice counts! is a discussion network for mineral owners, royalty owners, and industry professionals to discuss oil & gas related topics. 

Major Operators in Lavaca

Pioneer and ZaZa Energy are the most active producing companies in Lavaca County who are targeting the Eagle Ford with horizontal drilling.

Lavaca County - Eagle Ford Shale Upcoming Projects

This following information is provided by The University of Texas at San Antonio’s (UTSA) Institute for Economic Development.

  • Enterprise Products Partners - Gas Pipeline (to Wharton County)
  • Enterprise Products Partners - NGL Pipeline (to La Salle County)
  • Enterprise Products Partners - Yoakum Plant Natural Gas Processing (2013, 900 MMcf/d)

E&P Companies with Operations in Lavaca County

Lavaca County Pipeline Companies

  • Bopco LP
  • Copano Energy
  • DCP
  • El Paso
  • Energy Transfer
  • Enterprise Products
  • Kinder Morgan
  • Southcross Gulf Coast Transmission (Boardwalk Pipeline Partners)
  • Tepee Petroleum Co.
  • Texas Eastern Transmission (Spectra)
  • Texas Gas Service (ONEOK)