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Eagle Ford Shale

Earthworks Blasts TCEQ on Eagle Ford, and the Regulator Responds

A report by environmental group Earthworks on the Eagle Ford Shale alleges “reckless endangerment” by regulator Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ); however, TCEQ has fired back that Earthworks is being reckless with the facts of its monitoring and enforcement of drilling, fracking and production in the region.

September 23, 2013

Industry Briefs

Calfrac Well Services Ltd.has agreed to acquire all of the operating assets ofMission Well Services LLC, a privately-held hydraulic fracturing and coiled tubing services provider focused on the Eagle Ford Shale, for $147 million. Calfrac will acquire 157,500 hp of conventional pumping equipment, along with high-rate blenders, related sand-handling and auxiliary equipment, three deep-capacity coiled tubing units with related fluid and nitrogen pumping units and a modern district facility in San Antonio. Calfrac will gain a foothold in the Texas market with the addition of locations in Houston, San Antonio and Fairfield. The company is assuming certain commitments with key suppliers of Mission and will be offering employment to a significant portion of Mission’s employees. Calfrac intends to transfer a portion of the assets to other active operating areas in the United States. With the acquired assets, Calfrac will have more than 1.18 million hp of conventional pumping capacity.

September 11, 2013
Sanchez Adding Eagle Ford Acreage, Production for $220M

Sanchez Adding Eagle Ford Acreage, Production for $220M

Sanchez Energy Corp. is buying up more of the Eagle Ford Shale, acquiring 11 million boe of proved reserves and 2,000 boe/d of production on 3,600 contiguous net acres in McMullen County, TX.

September 10, 2013
Oil Drove July Texas Petro Index to Record

Oil Drove July Texas Petro Index to Record

Crude oil prices, permits to drill and industry employment all surged in July to boost the Texas Petro Index (TPI) by 3.5 points — the largest month-to-month increase in 18 months — to a record 287.7. The previous record was set in 2008.

September 6, 2013

ASTM Proposes Frack Standard on Data Management, Reporting

More than one year after creating a subcommittee to study hydraulic fracturing (fracking) and develop a consensus for best practices, ASTM International has proposed a new standard for data management and reporting that would cover oil and gas operations in shale plays.

September 4, 2013

Industry Brief

AnEOG Resources Inc.Eagle Ford Shale well that experienced a well control incident Wednesday was still burning Friday morning although the fire had diminished, the company said. There were no reports of injuries as a result on the incident in Lavaca County, TX, and all rig personnel were safely evacuated and accounted for, EOG said.Wild Well Controlwas contracted to assist in the response effort. The company said it was too early to determine the cause.

September 3, 2013

Industry Brief

NuStar Energy LPaffiliateNuStar Logistics LPhas extended an open season to Sept. 30 for its proposed South Texas Crude Oil Pipeline. NuStar is assessing shipper interest incapacityto transport Eagle Ford Shale crude oil from several terminal locations on its South Texas system in Frio, McMullen and La Salle counties to its Corpus Christi, TX, North Beach facility (seeShale Daily,July 24).

August 30, 2013
Texas Oil, NatGas Production Climbed in June

Texas Oil, NatGas Production Climbed in June

Both oil and natural gas production in the Lone Star state climbed during June from year-ago levels, and the top producing counties remained the familiar Permian Basin and Eagle Ford Shale region names, according to Railroad Commission of Texas (RRC) data.

August 29, 2013

Fluid Extraction Could Cause Quakes, Too, Eagle Ford Study Finds

While earlier research in Texas’ Barnett Shale linked drilling waste injection into underground storage wells with increased seismic activity, new work in the Eagle Ford by the same geologist suggests that drawing liquids out of the ground can induce earthquakes there.

August 28, 2013

Genesis Energy Ready to Build Louisiana Crude Unloading Facility

Genesis Energy LP has completed preliminary work and is preparing to begin construction of a $75 million crude oil unit train unloading facility in Raceland, LA, the Houston-based company said Monday.

August 28, 2013