Eagle Ford Energy Boom is Just Beginning

"The Eagle Ford energy boom is just beginning" was the comment for Texas A&M University professors earlier in the week. Hotels and restaurants are already benefiting in Corpus Christi and other industries will be following along in short order. The influx of South Texas oilfield jobs is supporting the economy across the area and not just where drilling is active.


Drought Delaying Projects in Three Rivers, TX

Development projects in Three Rivers, TX, are waiting for water. Water treatment facilities are running at full capacity and some of the Apartment, Hotel, and RV developments are waiting until more water can be sourced. Bring the rain......

...Jayson Patel tells us he is building hotels. The frame is already raised and the roof work has begun on this particular hotel in Three Rivers.

Patel said it is a custom job: built based on what oil outfitters want for their workers.

“It’s a 40 unit hotel," he said. "It’s all suites, got an indoor pool, a meeting room - because a lot of these companies require meeting spaces."

When asked if the hotel is already going to be full by the time it's operational, he replied, “Yes. Yes. Yes.”

The hotel will be open in January, and just in time. the operators said. There’s a housing shortage in the Eagle Ford Shale oil boom area, and the city of Three Rivers has temporarily stopped hooking up new developments to the water system. That’s got some future RV camps, motels and apartment complexes on hold, at least for now...


Floresville Housing Stretched by the Eagle Ford

Eagle Ford Housing demand from oilfield workers is stretching all the way from San Antonio to smaller surrounding towns like Floresville. Neither town sits atop the Eagle Ford, but industry workers have filled beds and made it hard to find a room. RV parks, and hotels are popping up everywhere. I expect we'll get a home building boom in the near future.

The oil boom in South Texas is starting to stretch north -- to an area without any oil or natural gas.

The town of Floresville, located about 40 miles Southeast of San Antonio -- but North of the Eagle Ford oil and gas field -- is starting to feel effects of the boom.

"We have had an influx of oil workers from the area," said Jesse Perez, Floresville's economic director.

Most of those oil field workers are looking for housing. Perez said a new hotel in town has almost been completed and another one is about to start construction.


Eagle Ford Shale Housing Gets a Creative Touch

Eagle Ford Shale housing needs have left very few beds open for those looking to move in to South Texas to take advantage of oilfield jobs. Several companies are stepping up to creatively meet the housing needs of South Texas. From Cotulla to Carrizo Springs and Three Rivers, man camps are popping up for oilfield workers. These new camps aren't the trailer parks you are used to. The newest facilities have onsite chefs and sport game rooms and workout facilities. When you consider the population density of some of the counties where the Eagle Ford is booming, the area will need more hotels, motels, RV parks, and rental properties than many could have imagined a few years ago. If you need to book a hotel or simply find a place to live, check out the Eagle Ford Shale housing and lodging page to browse and book a room today.

Remote Logistics isn't the only company trying to make far-flung areas more comfortable.

John Gilmore of the Austin-based Eagle Ford Shale Housing LLC offers fully furnished double-wide trailers that were former model homes.

The big attractions of his Carrizo Springs operation are things such as full kitchens, Wi-Fi, satellite cable and TVs in every room.

“So many people are stuck in FEMA RVs and horrible living conditions,” Gilmore said. “Our idea is to do it a little nicer. Maybe for some of these guys, it's as nice as where they're living at home.”

Bob Zachariah is building a 77-room hotel in Cotulla that will have a pool, spa and playground, 24-hour restaurant with indoor and outdoor seating, lounge areas, a gift shop, multiple meeting spaces, a media room for movie watching and a fitness center.

People will be able to order everything from towels to to-go box lunches from their TVs, and the business center will have fax machines and be like a “miniature Kinko's” so people can ship using UPS. He's working on licensing to be able to offer iPads or something similar.

“Basically, what we're doing is taking a five-star hotel concept that you see in New York or New Delhi or any of the major cities and bringing it down in size and converting it into an affordable hotel,” Zachariah said.

Read the entire news release at mysanantonio.com

Hotels in Short Supply Across the Eagle Ford

Hotels, motels, RV parks, and rental properties are full to the brim in South Texas. Eagle Ford Shale oil workers have flooded the area and left almost no bed empty. Rates have doubled and all indicators point to this being the early stages of  major real estate investment across South Texas. San Antonio and other major cities in the region will likely see the most new development.

With drilling activity on fire across the Eagle Ford Shale, workers have snapped up virtually every hotel room in the 24-county area. Rates have doubled at properties across the oil-and-gas play, and roughnecks have spilled into RV parks and lodging as far north as the Alamo City.


Read the full news release at bizjournals.com