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Reeves County, TX - Oil & Gas Discussion


Reeves County, TX - Oil & Gas Discussion

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

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Reeves County Mineral Lease offered

Started by Sharon Rutan on Tuesday. 0 Replies

 My three brothers and I each own .8333333 net mineral acres in SE/4 of Section 136, Block 13, H&GN RR Survey.  We have been contacted and made a proposal to lease the mineral rights that we…Continue

Section 277 Block 13 Pecos Texas -Any drilling in the area?

Started by Zenia Gilmore. Last reply by Charles Emery Tooke III Sep 12. 4 Replies

Are there any drilling in the area?Continue

How to find drilling information on property south of Pecos, just west of Hwy 285

Started by Kathleen Leveroni. Last reply by Kathleen Leveroni Sep 7. 2 Replies

My sister and I both own property (both surface rights and mineral and gas rights) in the s/w 4 of the S/W 4 of Section 14, Block 5, H & GN.  We leased for three years in February of 2017.  I…Continue

Lease rates and offers in Reeves County, TX

Started by Reagan "R.T." Dukes. Last reply by Travis Rall Sep 5. 965 Replies

Use this post to share and discuss your lease offers.  The more we know about what is being offered the better decisions we'll all make.  Share your bonus, royalty rate, and any other provisions you…Continue

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Comment by Lawrence Rayburn on September 14, 2017 at 1:07pm

Mike... Look for Brigham, J Cleo Thompson, and Resolute to be coming in there in the next 3 months.  Brigham is drilling 2 miles east of me on east extension of county road 330 now. 

ol' Lawrence 

Comment by Mike Miller on September 14, 2017 at 11:28am


I hope you're right. I have acreage with Oxy, Primexx, and Noble just north of Verhalen, near the quarry.

Comment by Texas Tea on September 14, 2017 at 10:49am

250 rigs in Reeves?! That would be 1/4th of the current US Rig Count.  And only by 7 Operators? As Wade said, there is currently 70+/-, 17 of which are by your 7 operators.  I highly doubt that number triples in the next 18 months.  Don't get me wrong, I hope you're right, I just can't see it.  However, that would probably just push Oil prices even lower.  Nonetheless, Reeves is a great place to be in the oil biz.

Comment by Lawrence Rayburn on September 13, 2017 at 11:00pm

Apache, Primexx, Oxy, Noble, Exxon/Mobil, Chevron, and ShellWestern

are collectively planning on drilling 9000 wells over the next 18 months and expect at peak to have 250 rigs running in Reeves county. 

That accounts for the 60,000 workers coming into the county over the next year.....and they gotta have places to at least sleep occasionally.

Back in the 1930s, my Dad came to Winkler county in 1931 when he was 20 years old.  The rigs were drilling so close to one another, you could step off the floor of one rig after an 8 hour shift, walk 70 yards, climb on the floor of another rig and work another 8 hours.  He told me he HAD to work that way because they were 'hot bunking' at the Anchor Hotel where he stayed in Wink.  That meant he only had a bunk for 8 hours out of every 24. Someone else was sleeping in that bunk the other 16 hours.

There was 40,000 workers in TENTS around Wink then. 

It may get that bad around Pecos IF people don't get their act together to

accommodate the workers who are going to be coming in in droves. 

By the way, I knew Buddy Caldwell in Wink in the 60s.  Worked for Texas Electric Service Company and was the local Boy Scout Master.  Any kin? 

ol' Lawrence near Verhalen 

Comment by Wade Caldwell on September 13, 2017 at 9:38pm
60,000 workers? I did pay $200+/ night recently for the Best Western in Pecos, but that sounds pretty high. Rig count in Reeves has stabilized around 70 the last few weeks.

Also, just because there are 5 layers of shale doesn't mean they have figured out how to drill each layer profitably yet. It will probably take years for them to crack the code on each layer. Plus, each layer has better and worse sub layers, so the wine rack staggering is also a few years off, until they figure out how to drill all the sub layers.

In short, it is a long term development. Not everyone or everything is going to come up roses. But overall, it is the best and biggest boom the area has seen, no doubt.

The biggest factor not discussed is investor sentiment. It is impossible to understate how much of this activity is driven by huge amounts of investor money being poured in. The caution is a lot of these investors have a strong herd mentality and their knowledge and research is very superficial and short term. When the herd decides there are greener pastures elsewhere, more than a few people standing near the gate are going to get trampled.
Comment by Lawrence Rayburn on September 13, 2017 at 2:16pm

I'd like to see private housing developments all over Reeves, Culberson, and Hudspeth counties with small acreage where a young couple could put down roots, build a home, raise children, pets, and livestock...where they could go off grid with solar power, pump their own water from a well, and raise their own vegetables in greenhouses....and meat, milk, and poultry in their own barns.....to be able to afford to OWN that as a FAMILY business/home so they would STAY in the area.  But, they don't have a chance when they need to find land to buy while paying $1000 and up each month for a slot to park an RV trailer....and the land is price gouged to $6000/acre. 

ol' Lawrence near Verhalen  

Comment by Hector J Roman on September 13, 2017 at 12:22pm

Lawrence, I'm north of Pecos on FM 1216 and have 30 acres that I have improved. Any company interested hit me up. Also I have a question regarding RRC Public GIS Viewer API 36330 Fiery Furnace Identify Wells. Who's names should go on the Service List at the bottom of the page?

Comment by Lawrence Rayburn on September 13, 2017 at 11:54am

Have any of you land owners been contacted by operators wanting to build a man camp on your property to house their workers?    The projection is that 60,000 workers will influx Reeves county over the next 6 months to support the drilling and production operations.  Many will be nomads, but many will also want to settle here IF they can find acreage to own and build a home on. 

ol' Lawrence near Verhalen 

Comment by Travis Rall on September 13, 2017 at 8:37am

That's an amazing story!  Sounds like a very expensive education to me.....I need to find that landman and see if they want to lease Section 44 of Block 55!

Comment by Charles Emery Tooke III on September 12, 2017 at 5:27pm

Wonder where is he employed now? 


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