Category: Eagle Ford

UTSA, Southwest Research find a new way to clean frack water

The University of Texas at San Antonio and the Southwest Research Institute say they have found an inexpensive way to treat the water that flows back to the surface after hydraulic fracturing. A team of researchers used a plant matter called biochar to remove impurities from the flowback water.  More »

Back from South Texas, regulator re-warns of pipeline threat

Texas Railroad Commissioner David Porter returned Thursday from a visit to oil installations with a grim safety assessment. But the industry, he stressed, was not to blame.  More »

Brent crude falls below $100 for first time in 14 months

Brent crude fell below $100 a barrel for the first time since June 2013 as a slowdown in imports into China reinforced signs of surplus supply. West Texas Intermediate dropped to the lowest in almost eight months.  More »

More Texans working for oil and gas companies

The 302,700 workers estimated to work for services and exploration and production companies marked the first time employment in the industry has exceeded 300,000 since his Texas Petro Index began tracking the numbers in 1995, said its developer, economist Karr Ingham.  More »

Midstream firms build to meet Eagle Ford condensate production

Buckeye Partners and other midstream interests are betting millions on light oil called condensate from the Eagle Ford Shale.  More »

Buckeye Partners to buy $860 million in Trafigura Eagle Ford midstream assets

Buckeye Partners L.P. said Tuesday it would enter the fast-growing Eagle Ford region with an $860 million deal to acquire an 80 percent interest Trafigura AG’s South Texas midstream assets.  More »

Water resources a problem for energy extraction worldwide, report finds

According to the analysis by the World Resources Institute, 38 percent of the earth’s shale gas and tight oil resources are in areas that are either arid or under high levels of water stress already _ a scenario that does not mesh with the high water demands of today’s extraction techniques.  More »

Crude oil rides Texas’ rails with little tracking

For generations of producers drillers in Texas, where a vast pipeline system has grown with the fits and starts of the oil industry’s notorious business cycle, railroads provided little more than a relatively expensive last resort. But in the boom associated with the hydraulic fracturing, producers increasingly enlist trains to handle the glut.  More »

Commentary: Mexico enters shale play

While the energy world has been focused on Canadian shale over the past few years, Mexico has been quietly emerging as a major player in the crude oil and natural gas industry. With the recent passage of massive energy reforms in Mexico, billions of barrels of oil and trillions of cubic feet of natural gas […]  More »

Texas lawmakers focus on oil boom

Above all, the oil boom has emerged as a singular force driving the state’s great challenge of the 21st century, the post-urbanization population surge.  More »

Ending ban on oil exports would mean cheaper gasoline, energy executive says

ConocoPhillips senior economist Helen Currie, citing a study by the energy consulting firm IHS Inc., said prices at the pump would fall by about 8 cents a gallon should crude exports be allowed.  More »

UT study to look at economic potential of Mexican shale

Thomas Tunstall, research director of the UTSA Institute for Economic Development, said the group plans to start a study of the Burgos Basin in Mexico.  More »
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