EOG Resources Inc. has updated its plans for developing stacked natural gas pay zones in the massive Dorado natural gas play in the Austin Chalk and Eagle Ford Shale in South Texas.


“Our preliminary plan for the play was to focus initial development on the Austin Chalk formation and then follow that with the Eagle Ford,” said Executive Vice President Ken Boedeker, who handles exploration and production. He discussed the plans during the first quarter earnings call.

Management’s initial thinking was that it would “benefit from initial well cost reductions as well as water and gas gathering infrastructure installed for the Austin Chalk” and then apply those advantages to the Eagle Ford, he said.

“We now expect to co-develop it with the Austin Chalk, which will...