August 2014, Vol. 241, No. 8

Features

Sharing Challenges In The Eagle Ford Shale

Like most stories about Texas, the one that’s being written in the Eagle Ford shale is full of big dreams, big dollars, and big results. The play itself is huge, covering an area of 20,000 square miles, it spans 25 south-central Texas counties and is roughly the size of Croatia. Capital expenditures there by energy companies are sky-high, reaching $28 billion through the end of 2013, if predictions by global consultants Wood Mackenzie held true. And production is immense: Late in 2013, the Eagle Ford beat the Bakken in the race to reach the coveted 1 MMboe/d. Some experts even predict on the strength of Eagle Ford and Permian Basin production, by the end of 2014 Texas co

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