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Atascosa County, TX - Oil & Gas Discussion


Atascosa County, TX - Oil & Gas Discussion

Oil & gas discussion group for those interested in Atascosa County, TX. Share your experience regarding lease bonus, royalty rates, drilling activity, and oil & gas news.

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Latest Activity: Aug 7

EagleFordShale.com News

Eagle Ford Shale Rig Count Unsteady

Eagle Ford Shale Rig Count

The Eagle Ford Shale rig count continues to waffle, with our data showing a drop last week to 88 rigs running across our coverage area by midday Friday. The total U.S. rig count is also falling. 

In recent Eagle Ford news, Texas' production of oil, gas, and condensate is at its lowest levels since February.

Oil and Gas Production Down Across Texas

A total of 936 oil and gas rigs were running across the United States this week, eight less than last week. 186 rigs targeted natural gas (down one) and 749 were targeting oil in the U.S. (down seven). The remainder were drilling service wells (e.g. disposal wells, injection wells, etc.) 452 of the rigs active in the U.S. were running in Texas.

Baker Hughes reports its own Eagle Ford Rig Count that covers the 14 core counties. The rig count published on EagleFordShale.com includes a 30 county area impacted by Eagle Ford development. A full list of the counties included can be found in the table below.

Eagle Ford Oil & Gas Rigs

10 rigs in the Eagle Ford region targeted natural gas this week with the commodity trading at $3.08/mmbtu.

78 Eagle Ford rigs were targeting oil with WTI oil prices at $49.61.

A total of 85 rigs are drilling horizontal wells, zero are drilling directional wells and three are vertical.

Karnes County leads activity in the region with 16 rigs in production. See the full list below in the Eagle Ford Shale Drilling by County below.

Eagle Ford Shale Drilling by County

Eagle Ford Shale Rig Count by County-September 15, 2017

Eagle Ford Shale Rig Count by County-September 15, 2017


Eagle Ford Shale News

Oil and Gas Production Down Across Texas

RRC Doubles Original Drilling Permits for June 2017

Eagle Ford Shale Still in Recovery After Hurricane

The Eagle Ford Shale: Hammered by Harvey

Sanchez Reduces Spending and Drilling for 2018


What is the Rig Count?

The Eagle Ford Shale Rig Count is an index of the total number of oil & gas drilling rigs running across a 30 county area in South Texas. The South Texas rigs referred to in this article are for ALL drilling reported by Baker Hughes and not solely wells targeting the Eagle Ford formation. All land rigs and onshore rig data shown here are based upon industry estimates provided by the Baker Hughes Rig Count.

Oil and Gas Production Down Across Texas

Downward Trend Texas Oil and Gas Production

Texas' production of oil, gas, and condensate is at its lowest levels since February.

RRC Doubles Original Drilling Permits for June 2017

The Texas Railroad Commission released preliminary production figures for June, showing the state produced 75,254,080 barrels of crude oil and 591,408,525 mcf of total natural gas from oil and gas wells.

These production numbers are at their lowest since February, though they are slightly higher than this time last year.

Texas Production from Oil and Gas Wells - Texas Railroad Commission

Texas Production from Oil and Gas Wells - Texas Railroad Commission

The state's regulatory agency reported that the total production in Texas between July 2016 to June 2017 was 995 million barrels of crude oil and 7.8 trillion cubic feet of total gas. Other June stats include:

  • Crude oil production averaged 2,508,469 barrels daily (2,428,546 barrels daily in June 2016)
  • Gas production averaged 19,713,618 mcf a day (20,142,125 mcf in June 2016)
  • Total production came from 181,062 oil wells and 91,357 gas wells

Eagle Ford Shale Production

Webb County in the Eagle Ford continues to dominate natural gas production and has produced 375, 430, 087 mcf during the first six months of 2017. For crude oil, Eagle Ford's Karnes County produced 40, 870, 819 bbls, a close second to Midland COunty with 42,794,640 bbls. 

Eagle Ford Shale Production

Top Eagle Ford Shale Counties for January-June 2017

Read more at rrc.texas.gov

Eagle Ford Shale Still in Recovery After Hurricane

Hurricane impacts Eagle Ford

The oil and gas industry throughout Texas and the Eagle Ford is still recovering from the devastation of the record-breaking Hurricane Harvey. 

The Eagle Ford Shale: Hammered by Harvey

Two weeks after the storm slammed into the Lone Star State, much of the petrochemical and refining capacity is up and running. But activity in the Eagle Ford is still not 100%. 

The destruction has left some significant gaps in the Eagle Ford Shale supply chain, causing delays and frustrations for some operators. Even as many companies are resuming operations, they are faced with hard-to-travel roads and a reduced workforce. 

Texas’ energy infrastructure is recovering quickly from the devastating impacts of Hurricane Harvey. The industry and state and federal governments have worked expeditiously to ensure that citizens’ energy needs are met, primarily at the gas pump. Several Texas refineries have restarted although a few remain closed as assessments are completed. Pipeline infrastructure including the Magellan, Explorer and Colonial pipelines are all operational again.
— Texas Railroad Commissioner Ryan Sitton

During the storm, shut-in wells caused production to trickle, with some estimating that the storm affected 25 percent of the nation's crude oil refining capacity. Eagle Ford and other Texas operators cut production by 800,000-900,000 barrels per day during the week of the storm. The disruption even caused Baker Hughes to suspend its weekly rig count last week saying there was too little data coming in. 

Eagle Ford Increases Rig Count by One

Harvey's Effect on Gasoline Prices

Consumers felt an immediate impact at the gas pump, as prices spiked in the days following Hurricane Harvey's landfall. The Automobile Association of America said the average cost across Texas is up more than 50 cents a gallon to $2.53. The Energy Department announced this week that six refineries in the Gulf Coast region are still shut down. Five refineries have begun to come back online and another six are operating with reduced rates of gasoline production.

Effects on Eagle Ford Producers

In preparation for the storm, many operators in the Eagle Ford and across Texas were forced to slow or stop production. Some had wells in the path of the storm, while others were impacted when the stress on the infrastructure wouldn't allow them to get their product to market. 

Here is the latest update on the impact to Eagle Ford Operators:

  • ConocoPhillips announced this week that their Eagle Ford production was running at over 90 percent of our pre-storm production rate of 130 thousand barrels of oil equivalent per day. They expect to return to pre-storm levels in the next week or two. As of Thursday, Sept. 7
  • Carrizo Oil and Gas sustained no damage to its Eagle Ford assets. In preparation for the storm, the Company suspended its drilling and completions operations in the play, but crews were able to return to the field last week.
  • EOG saw third-quarter volumes cut by about 15,000 bpd
  • Pioneer Natural Resources stopped completing oil wells in the Eagle Ford Shale before the storm and saw a loss in output of 1,000 bpd to 2,000 bpd
  • Apache Corporation experienced some minor direct impacts from the storm in its Gulf of Mexico and Lower 48 regions, including production shut-ins between 1,000 and 2,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day. Apache's operations in the Eagle Ford play in Burleson and Brazos counties experienced a brief, yet negligible, interruption.
  • Silverbow Resources said their operations were largely unaffected by the storm, the company is experiencing delays due to equipment and crew availability
  • BHP Billiton Ltd. shut down drilling and completion activities at its Eagle Ford shale operations
  • Chesapeake Energy Corp suspended drilling and completion of new wells in the Eagle Ford
  • XTO Energy unit shut in some oil wells in the Eagle Ford 
  • Marathon Oil Corp. released non-essential personnel and suspended operations where appropriate
  • Noble Energy Inc. halted well completions 
  • Statoil ASA evacuated staff
  • Baytex Energy Corp. suspended drilling and completion operations and evacuated its Houston office
  • Sundance Energy Australia shut in about 75% of its Eagle Ford production; and
  • Lonestar Resources evacuated Eagle Ford Shale personnel before the storm hit. The “vast majority of its wells” in Dimmit and LaSalle counties, Texas, continued to produce or have resumed operations.


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Comment by james h davis on May 11, 2016 at 2:52pm

Be careful here because if you are not the drill site then they can leave you out of the unit.  Generally these companies do the "honorable" thing.  I can put you in touch with a contract landman with EOG who works this area and see if that helps.  Send me an email at james@oginfo.com and I'll introducing you all by email.

Comment by Diane E Mallett on May 11, 2016 at 2:17pm

I learned in Sept 2015 that I inherited one mineral acre of a 10 acre track from my mother's estate.  I also learned that the other heirs had been contacted by EOG and had signed 3 year leases with a $ 1500 per mineral acre bonus.  Most of the heirs signed their leases in 2013, but one signed in 2014.  I was never contacted.  EOG has since contacted me and I am being offered the same lease with a $ 300 bonus.  I have countered asking for what my cousins received.  EOG is holding firm with the $ 300 per mineral acre offer.  I do not have any knowledge of how the process works, I would like advise regarding next steps.  Should I settle for the $ 300 or hold out and hope they come around to the $ 1500?

Comment by Jack Rips on November 16, 2015 at 7:56pm

Does anyone have any information about interest in drilling and developing production in the AUSTIN CHALK in North Eastern Atascosa County.  In years past there was a lot of production in the East Pleasanton field east of Pleasanton toward Coughran and Blackhill south of Hwy 97 toward Floresville.  Those wells were around 4800 ft and never Frac'd.  They produced more than forty years.  Much cheaper to drill and produce than the Eagle Ford.

Comment by Leavie Miller on December 10, 2014 at 1:03pm
Has there been any activity of any leasing going on in the northern part of Atascosa county? I am approx. 7 miles south east of Lytle and and about 7 miles south south west of somerset. I have 170 acres that is available for leasing.
Comment by Andy G. Grubbs on October 30, 2014 at 3:00pm

I think what you are asking is when is land no longer "HBP"  that is held by production.  You should be able to look that up in the original lease.   Often it is stated that after X amount of time with no production from the lease it is finished.  you can get ther records for a wells production, or production of the wells on a particular lease, from the Railroad commission.  use the gis map viewer and find the wells you are interested in to start your search.  there are some articles with explanations on how to find stuff on the RRC website here at the Mineral rights forum

Comment by Valentina on October 30, 2014 at 1:59pm

need some information on Mineral Rights reverting back to land owner once O & G company leaves land. I have had several people bring this up to me and suggest I research it.. I have been given a name of a company that will do the research, They have qouted a price of 475.00 per day to do research.... Any suggestions or feedback on this topic.... Acreage in Atascosa County La Parita are 223 Acres.

Comment by Karen on October 29, 2014 at 12:27pm

My 10 acres have been permitted to drill (2 Wells). There is a pooling order. What does that mean?

Comment by Epluribus Unum on September 28, 2014 at 10:00pm


On this map, you can see a wildcat well off to the w-nw of Somerset, and another off to the w-nw of Poteet. There are more off to the east and west. These went down to the Pearsall. Is there any way to get information on these wells? Is there a way to locate them on the Railroad Commission website?

Comment by Wesley N Moore on September 21, 2014 at 2:00am

Does anyone know about any Coal that Lessor's were interested in around Poteet about 30 years ago.. This place just West of town was Leased back then and after a certain period was dropped... People out of Dallas... Not familiar with particulars as my Mother was handling all, and we were left with Minerals of the place...

Comment by Wade Caldwell on September 20, 2014 at 3:53pm
There has been some leasing interest but not a lot of leases taken in northern Atascosa, southern Bexar. However, I would keep an eye on some of the developments to the northeast of here, where they are branching out of the Eagle Ford in Gonzales County and getting some good results in the Buda and Austin Chalk.

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