Eagle Ford Shale Play

Although those in the oil and gas industries are familiar with the Barnett Shale, until somewhat recently, few knew about the discovery of the natural gas and oil reservoir called the Eagle Ford Shale Play. This particular natural gas and oil play is similar in scale to the massive Haynesville shale in Louisiana.

At roughly 50 miles wide and 400 miles long, the Eagle Ford Shale stretches from the Mexican border in south Texas across the State into east Texas. Its age and the fact that it rests between the Buda Lime and the Austin Chalk levels contribute to this play's reputation for production. It serves as the preeminent source of rock for the Chalk and the East Texas Field.

The play has become an attractive target for hydrocarbon exploitation. There are over 30 fields located within the six districts, including approximately 35 counties. While the wells in the deeper part of the play deliver a dry gas, those in the northeast produce more liquids. One of the fields is an oil field, Eagleville/Eagle Ford.

The Crafton Tull Energy Division has surveyed millions of linear feet of pipeline right-of-way and over 1,000,000 acres of ownership in south Texas.