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Eagle Ford Output Swamps the Corpus Christi Port
April 17, 2014 | Bloomberg

The oil production from Eagle Ford Shale has caused a large increase in volume at Corpus Christi port – so much that they have built a new petroleum dock and consider a plan to widen the shipping channel.

US Shale Gas Influences Global LNG Price?
April 6, 2014 | BizJournals

“New global contracts for liquefied natural gas in Africa and Asia are being driven by shale gas production in Texas and other top U.S. shale plays.” Quoted from the Houston BizJournal.

Tight Oil Production Growth!
April 3, 2014 | Energy Information Administration

This image from the Energy Information Administration shows the amazing growth of tight oil production from the Eagle Ford, Bakken, Utica and other formations.

White House Targets Methane
March 31, 2014 | The White House

As a greenhouse gas, methane can trap about 20 times more heat than carbon dioxide. The White House announced a climate action plan to reduce methane emissions by targeting emissions from the oil and gas, waste disposal, coal mining, farming and other methane producing industries.

Related: Night Time Maps of Natural Gas Flaring

Drilling Productivity in Shale Plays
March 25, 2014 | Energy Information Administration

“The productivity of oil and natural gas wells is steadily increasing in many basins across the United States because of the increasing precision and efficiency of horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing in oil and natural gas extraction.”

Natural Gas Well Productivity is Up!
March 16, 2014 | Energy Information Administration

The Energy Information Administration has published a chart showing new-well gas productivity gains for the major shale plays. Improving technology is enabling a higher yield per new well.

The Shale Boom is Just Starting
March 2, 2014 | Denver BizJournal

Ryan Lance, CEO of ConocoPhillips believes that the “shale boom” in the United States is just getting started, with several decades ahead.

Geology of the Voca Frac Sand District
February 27, 2014 | Arizona Geological Survey Repository

“One of Texas’ major frac sand production areas is near Voca, Texas, where sands are produced from the Cambrian Hickory Sandstone on the northwestern flank of the Llano Uplift.” Quoted from the Arizona Geological Survey Repository.

Related: What is Frac Sand?

Danger in Mexico’s Eagle Ford?
February 23, 2014 | Quartz

Mexico has been working to lure oil companies from the United States into developing Mexico’s part of the Eagle Ford Shale. One problem that they could face there is organized crime and gang activity.

Eagle Ford Development in Mexico to Benefit Texas
February 13, 2014 | BizJournals

The Eagle Ford Formation does not end at the boundary between Texas and Mexico, but you might suspect that it did if you look at current levels of drilling activity from space. However, billions of dollars will be spent to develop Mexico’s Eagle Ford and companies and workers in Texas might receive much of the work.

Related: What is the Eagle Ford Shale?

Tight Oil Production Sources
February 6, 2014 | Energy Information Administration

The Energy Information Administration recently published their annual Liquid Fuels and Natural Gas in the Americas report.

It includes information about new sources of oil production with a chart showing the percentage of United States shale oil coming from the Bakken Formation, Eagle Ford Shale, Niobrara Formation and the Permian Basin.

A Shortage of Pipeline Capacity
November 26, 2013 | BizJournals

The San Antonio Business Journal has an article that describes how pipeline capacity is throttling production from the Eagle Ford Shale of Texas and the Bakken Formation of North Dakota.

Related: What is the Eagle Ford Shale?

Production Declines in Natural Gas Wells
November 24, 2013 |

Lots of property owners who signed a lease in one of the natural gas shale plays are now receiving monthly or quarterly royalty payments. Many of these people were pleasantly surprised with the size of their first royalty check — but then shocked to see the size of subsequent checks fall rapidly. What’s happening?

Eagle Ford Production Switch
November 18, 2013 | Energy Information Administration

The EIA drilling productivity report for the Eagle Ford Shale shows how the production emphasis has switched from natural gas to oil.

Related: What is the Eagle Ford Shale?

The Eagle Ford Shale in Mexico
November 5, 2013 | Fuel Fix

The trend of the Texas Eagle Ford Shale continues across the border into Mexico. Some experts believe that Petroleos Mexicanos, the national oil company, will not be able to develop the Eagle Ford in the near future because they lack experience and equipment.

Related: What is the Eagle Ford Shale?

Natural Gas Flaring from Space
October 30, 2013 |

We have posted views of Earth from NASA’s Suomi satellite that show night illumination and natural gas flaring for oil industry sites in the Bakken Formation, Eagle Ford Shale, Alaska North Slope, United States Gulf, Mexican Gulf, Venezuela Orinoco Field, Brazil offshore basins, North Sea, North Africa onshore, west Africa offshore, and Persian Gulf.

Tight Oil and Gas Drilling Productivity Report
October 27, 2013 | Energy Information Administration

The Energy Information Administration has initiated a monthly “Drilling Productivity Report” for tight oil and gas that will report on activity in the Bakken, Eagle Ford, Marcellus, Haynesville, Niobrara and Permian Basin areas.

Growth in Bakken and Eagle Ford Oil Production
October 24, 2013 | FuelFix

Oil production from the Bakken Formation rose 26,000 barrels per day in September, while Eagle Ford production rose by 24,000 barrels. The increase for Permian Basin, Haynesville, Marcellus, and Niobrara combined was 12,000 barrels per day.

3266 New Wells in the Eagle Ford Shale
October 22, 2013 |

Drilling activity in the Eagle Ford Shale continues to rise. So far this year 3,266 new wells have been started. Last year at this time a total of 2832 wells were started.

Related: What is the Eagle Ford Shale?

Stacked Pay Zones in the Eagle Ford Oil Play
September 25, 2013 |

Texas drillers are having great success tapping the rock units above and below the Eagle Ford Shale.

Horizontal drilling through the Buda Lime and Austin Chalk with hydraulic fracturing has brought in wells yielding over 1000 barrels of oil per day.

The stacked production zones in a single location provide enormous economic savings. Oil can be produced from multiple rock units using the same drill pad, access roads and oil collection systems.

2 Million Barrels per day from Two Fields
September 22, 2013 | RigZone

Oil production from the Permian Basin has been rising rapidly, surpassing the trend line of the Eagle Ford Shale. Together these two rock units will be producing 2 million barrels of oil per day.

Related: What is the Eagle Ford Shale?

Shale Oil from the Permian Basin
September 19, 2013 | BizJournals

The Permian Basin has been an historic source of oil for the United States. Now production of oil from shale in that basin is starting to rival production from the Eagle Ford Formation.

US Oil Production Highest Since the 1980s
September 6, 2013 | FuelFix

Hydraulic fracturing in new shale plays has pushed United States oil production to its highest levels since the 1980s.

If natural gas liquids, lease condensate and other liquids are added, current numbers are even more impressive when compared to the past. (See chart below)

Related: Oil Production from the Eagle Ford Shale

Eagle Ford Shale
September 3, 2013 |

Before 2008 the Eagle Ford Shale attracted very little attention from oil and gas companies. Since then it has become one of the most heavily drilled rock units in the United States.

Small Earthquakes in the Eagle Ford Play
August 29, 2013 | Jackson School of Geosciences

“Most of the small earthquakes in the Eagle Ford region of South Texas are probably the result of extraction of large volumes of oil and associated water. [...] The Eagle Ford area contrasts sharply with the Barnett Shale region of North Texas, where [...] most small earthquakes were probably triggered by the injection of large volumes of waste water from hydraulic fracturing.” Quoted from the Jackson School of Geosciences press release.

Related: What is the Eagle Ford Shale?

Eagle Ford Production up 58%
July 23, 2013 | Bloomberg

The May 2013 oil production from the Eagle Ford Shale of Texas was up 58% over the May 2012 production.

Related: Geology of the Eagle Ford Shale

Eagle Ford Oil Output Rises
June 3, 2013 | Bloomberg

March oil output from the Eagle Ford Shale of Texas was up 77% (from 298,000 barrels per day to 530,000 barrels per day) when comparing March 2012 with March 2013.

Foreign Investments in US Shale
April 18, 2013 | Energy Information Administration

Since 2008, foreign companies have entered into 21 joint ventures with U.S. acreage holders and operators, investing more than $26 billion in tight oil and shale gas plays.

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April 1, 2013 |

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Eagle Ford Output is Up 70%
February 4, 2013 | Bloomberg

Crude oil production from the Eagle Ford Shale of Texas was up 70% in November 2012, over the same month in 2011. Statewide, oil production in Texas was up to 2.1 million barrels per day – the highest level since 1987.

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Japex Buys Stake in the Eagle Ford
January 21, 2013 | Bloomberg

Gas shale plays in the United States continue to attract investments from worldwide companies. Japex (Japan Petroleum Exploration Company)

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