City Managers Bruce Pearson (Pleasanton), Larry Dovalina (Cotulla), Allen Barnes (Gonzalez), and Don Tymrak (Karnes City) discuss their communities' Eagleford Shale challenges and opportunities. The panel spoke to at the presentation of the 2014 Economic Impact Study of the Eagle Ford Shale at UTSA's Downtown Campus
Originally published on Thu April 10, 2014 7:12 pm
South Texas is in the midst of a massive oil boom. In just a few years, it has totally transformed once-sleepy communities along a crescent swoosh known as the Eagle Ford Shale formation and has brought unexpected prosperity — along with a host of new concerns.
Among the towns drastically changed by the drilling is Cotulla, southwest of San Antonio, about 70 miles up from the border with Mexico. The area is called brush country — flat, dry ranch land, scrubby with mesquite and parched by drought.
According to oil field service company Baker-Hughes, almost half of all the oil rigs in the United States, and almost 25 percent of rigs worldwide, are in the Eagle Ford Shale region, working on "tight" oil deposits. The exploration explosion has been a boon for local economies, and also reaches statewide in its scope. Unemployment in these areas has dropped to as low as 4 percent in some counties.
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