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Texas and Its Plethora of Oil Plays



June 21, 2011 – Comments (0) | RELATED TICKERS: MRO , EOG , WLL

Texas is, once again, becoming the hub for oil and gas production and exploration. What turned things around and refocused attention back to Texas? David Fessler gives some information on what sparked this renewed interest, and an update on some of the projects currently happening there. You know the Eagle Ford Shale is going to be mentioned… 


The Spindletop Field Discovery: Texas’ First Oil Boom

The discovery of the Spindletop field led to a flood of oil drilling and speculation. That ultimately resulted in even more discoveries, and the Texas oil boom got underway in earnest. Petroleum quickly displaced agriculture and cattle as the primary economic driver of Texas. Personal fortunes were made, and government coffers swelled with cold, hard cash.

Shale Oil Fields Yield Vast Amounts of ‘Texas Tea

Recent data for the Foundation for Energy Education shows Texas has 28 of the top 100 oil fields in the United States, as ranked by proven reserves. In 2008, Texas had proven reserves of 4.555 billion barrels.

But that number could turn out to be low — way low. You now see horizontal drilling and fracking techniques – pioneered by the natural gas industry – being applied to shale oilfields in Texas. The results are prompting experts to declare that Texas is on the verge of a second oil boom. This time however, it’s going to come from the state’s vast shale oil fields."


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