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UTSA holds forum to diversify economic activity

Eagle Ford cities in Atascosa County targeted

Thursday afternoon, January 29, representatives from the UTSA Institute for Community Development met with Atascosa County citizens at the Jourdanton Community Center. More...

Posted 2/4/2015 10:15 AM

STEER is catalyst between petroleum industry and communities in the Eagle Ford shale

Oil and gas are depletable resources. There will be swings in the price of oil and gas in the commodities market as we’re seeing at the present time. More...

Posted 1/21/2015 12:20 PM

Top five crude oil producing counties in the state are in Eagle Ford Shale

NOVEMBER PERMITS TO DRILL The Railroad Commission of Texas issued a total of 1,508 original drilling permits in November, 2014, compared to 1,559 in November, 2013. More...

Posted 1/7/2015 12:05 PM

FTS International completes acquisition of J-W Wireline

Two Pleasanton oilfield service firms have come together through a company wide merger where FTS International (FTSI) has acquired J-W Wireline Company (J-W Wireline). FTSI has a huge service complex at 3195 Coughran Rd., south of Pleasanton. More...

Posted 12/23/2014 09:02 AM

Texas, Pennsylvania, Louisiana & Arkansas shale gas accounted for most U.S. natgas output: U.S. EIA

The U.S. Energy Information Administration’s (www.eia.gov) new “Today in Energy” briefly looks at how shale gas accounted for the biggest share of U.S. More...

Posted 12/10/2014 11:33 AM

Marvin Deckert - “Hughes two-cone drill bit and my dad, uncles working on wooden derricks at Spindletop”

“Since I read your article about Baker Hughes last week, I wanted to tell you that my dad, Elmo Royce Deckert, had one of the first Hughes rotary bit watch fobs made,” said Marvin Deckert, former oil field employee retiree living in Pleas More...

Posted 11/19/2014 11:21 AM

Railroad Commission shows huge increase in original drilling permits for September

TEXAS MONTHLY OIL AND GAS STATISTICS 10/29/2014

SEPTEMBER PERMITS TO DRILL More...

Posted 11/5/2014 04:05 PM

Economic impact of the Eagle Ford Shale - Thomas Tunstall, Ph.D.

In the latest executive summary compiled by the Center for Community and Business Research at the University of Texas at San Antonio’s Institute for Economic Development, there was headline growth in 2013 in the Eagle Ford Shale. More...

Posted 10/22/2014 10:30 AM

RRC issues 2,440 original drilling permits in August, 2014 compared to 1,606 in August 2013

AUGUST PERMITS TO DRILL More...

Posted 10/8/2014 08:24 AM

Casedhole Solutions - operating early in the Eagle Ford and continuing to grow

I recently spoke with Mark Larimore, Southeast Regional Manager for Casedhole Solutions. Casedhole Solutions began servicing the Eagle Ford out of its Charlotte location in September, 2010. More...

Posted 9/24/2014 08:09 AM

Pleasanton bypass route helpful in many ways

Referring to the needs for the bypass route, Atascosa County Commissioner Bill Carroll, Precinct 4, said, “It’s entirely just a safety issue involved here, not only for the residents of the county and city of Pleasanton but even for peopl More...

Posted 9/17/2014 08:05 AM

RRC issues 2,419 original drilling permits in July, 2014 compared to 1,843 in July, 2013

A total of 2,419 original drilling permits were issued by the Railroad Commission in July, 2014 compared to 1,843 in July, 2013. More...

Posted 9/3/2014 08:52 AM

STEER encourages entries from Pleasanton for 2014 excellence awards

The South Texas Energy and Economic Roundtable (STEER), serving the Eagle Ford shale region in South Texas, is opening the call for nominations for the second annual Eagle Ford Excellence Awards. More...

Posted 8/13/2014 10:33 AM

Six crude oil counties in Eagle Ford shale are in Texas RRC list of top ten producers

In June, original drilling permits in Texas are up by 309. The Railroad Commission of Texas issued a total of 2,185 original drilling permits in June, 2014 compared to 1,876 in June, 2013. More...

Posted 8/6/2014 08:16 AM

Abraxas Petroleum drilling impressive wells in Eagle Ford shale, south of Jourdanton-Pleasanton and in McMullen County

Abraxas Petroleum Corporation (NASDAQ:AXAS) has been drilling impressive wells just south of Jourdanton- Pleasanton and recently provided the following operational update on the Company’s Eagle Ford and Bakken assets. More...

Posted 7/16/2014 07:59 AM

Texas Railroad Commission recycling rules allow industry to reduce fresh water use in oil and gas production

Major amendments adopted by the the Texas Railroad Commission were put in place to further enhance conservation, reuse and recycling of water by oil and gas operators. That was in April, 2013. More...

Posted 6/18/2014 07:58 AM

April - Texas total well completions for 2014, year to date are 11,259 - up from 7,449 recorded in same period in 2013

The Railroad Commission of Texas released oil and gas statistics for the state on May 27, 2014. APRIL PERMITS TO DRILL More...

Posted 6/4/2014 08:27 AM

Imogene Camp living - Gene Stevens

“The kids played every evening after school until dark. Mom decided she would use a whistle to get us home for supper. More...

Posted 5/28/2014 08:31 AM

Texas’ top five crude oil producing counties are in Eagle Ford shale

The Railroad Commission of Texas released oil and gas statistics for the state on April 25, 2014. MARCH PERMITS TO DRILL More...

Posted 5/7/2014 08:07 AM

“The greatest energy success story we will see in the 21st century” -- Leveille

“The Eagle Ford is by far the most important unconventional reservoir play in North America today,” said Greg Leveille, Unconventional Reservoirs Technical Manager with ConocoPhillips. More...

Posted 4/30/2014 03:49 PM

Life as a gate guard in the Eagle Ford shale

Driving through the back country or better known in this area of South Texas, as the “brush country”, one can’t help but notice the various array of RVs/trailers at gate entrances. More...

Posted 4/16/2014 08:06 AM

Pleasanton Municipal Airport getting “Real Time Information” system from AeroPATH Systems

A new system is being erected at Pleasanton Municipal Airport to obtain a better count of airplanes utilizing the airport. It was developed by AeroPATH Systems and will be in use at the local facility within the next week or so. More...

Posted 3/26/2014 11:40 AM

Four Eagle Ford shale counties are Texas’ top crude oil producers in latest production figures

The Railroad Commission of Texas released oil and gas statistics for the state on February 26, 2014. More...

Posted 3/12/2014 08:07 AM

Eagle Ford shale drilling southwest of the Rio Grande means benefits for Mexico and Texas - Railroad Commissioner David Porter

I interviewed Texas Railroad Commissioner David Porter, Monday, February 24 for an update on his visit, recently, in Mexico City, February 11, 12 and 13. More...

Posted 2/26/2014 09:00 AM

Future bright for Atascosa County, Eagle Ford shale despite current oil and gas production cycle

The price of crude oil closed today up +0.64 to 53.42 (WTI). Technically, that was a good move. At this point in the current cycle that the petoleum industry is in, crude is still searching for a higher or lower level. More...

Posted 2/18/2015 11:14 AM

Oil/Gas mobile lab travels to Coastal Bend college sites

Coastal Bend College listened to the needs of the Oil and Gas Industry and with a grant with the Higher Education Coordinating Board, created a mobile, one-of-a-kind learning environment for the oilfield industry. More...

Posted 2/18/2015 11:14 AM

Cheniere Energy gets approval from FERC for its natural gas export facility

Cheniere Energy got a boost from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) for building of its liquified natural gas (LNG) export facility in Corpus Christi. More...

Posted 1/28/2015 11:21 AM

Texas Railroad Commissioner Ryan Sitton Sworn-In

Texas Railroad Commissioner Ryan Sitton was sworn-in Monday, January 5 as the 49th Commissioner of the state’s oldest regulatory agency—the Railroad Commission of Texas. More...

Posted 1/14/2015 11:13 AM

Halliburton Contributes $1.25 Million to the SEG Foundation to Create EVOLVE, an Early Career Learning Initiative for Oil and Gas Professionals

Halliburton is a key provider of services and products in the Eagle Ford shale and the energy industry as a whole. More...

Posted 12/31/2014 10:40 AM

Turboprops and other larger planes justify need for extended runway at Pleasanton Municipal Airport

Mark Eby, Chief Pilot with Hellas Construction, Inc. out of Austin, flew a Merlin IVA Swearingen Metroliner into Pleasanton Municipal Airport, Tuesday, December 9. He was accompanied by Co-Pilot Jerry White. More...

Posted 12/17/2014 10:44 AM

A landman’s story of lease acquisitions before leasing for the first Eagle Ford well

Over the past few years, my writings covering the oil and gas industry, and in particular, events leading up to the discovery and development of the Eagle Ford shale, I have had the privilege of interviewing and talking to people involved in many dif More...

Posted 12/3/2014 10:42 AM

Fountains at Bonita Creek luxury apartments coming to Pleasanton at Oaklawn and Winship

Ground work and land preparation is being done now. Soon, local developer, Greg DiCaro, will break ground for construction of a new, modern apartment complex. More...

Posted 11/12/2014 01:30 PM

Hydraulic fracturing chemical disclosure policy initiated by Baker Hughes

Baker Hughes, a Houston-based company opened a $30 million operations center on IH 37, 18 miles northeast of Pleasanton in 2012. This facility, on 65 acres, was built to support the booming activity in the Eagle Ford shale. More...

Posted 10/29/2014 09:42 AM

Texas Continues to Lead the Country in Oil & Natural Gas Employment and Production

The Texas Independent Producers & Royalty Owners Association (TIPRO), on October 9, released its second annual “State of Energy Report,” offering a detailed analysis of national and state trends in oil and natural gas employment, wage More...

Posted 10/15/2014 08:14 AM

“The Role of Innovation and Engagement in the Eagle Ford” - Lee M. Tillman, Marathon Oil

Marathon Oil Corp. has an important Eagle Ford shale field office in Pleasanton. Their operations here put the company in an area where they can conveniently serve their assets in Atascosa County and other nearby counties. More...

Posted 10/1/2014 09:55 AM

EOG’s Water Management Activities in the South Texas Eagle Ford

EOG Resources understands the importance of South Texas water resources. More...

Posted 9/10/2014 08:13 AM

Pleasanton Mayor Clint Powell gives “oil busy” airport update - training his family to be pilots

Pleasanton’s Mayor, Clinton J. Powell, started his pilot training when he was 21 years old and is an avid pilot, having logged many hours flying aircraft. More...

Posted 8/27/2014 09:50 AM

Railroad Commission of Texas unanimously picks Christi Craddick as new Chairman

Texas Railroad Commission unanimously elected Christi Craddick as its new Chairman at a Commission meeting on Tuesday, August 12. More...

Posted 8/20/2014 10:12 AM

WellAware growing “Leaps and Bounds” with leading international businessmen on board

In the November 27, 2013 edition of the Pleasanton Express, my Oil and Gas article pertained to a new ‘leading edge’ company called WellAware, started by CEO & Co-Founder, Matt Harrison. More...

Posted 7/30/2014 08:00 AM

About 50 percent of all active land rigs in the United States are in Texas - June 20 active Texas rig count was 886

The Railroad Commission of Texas released oil and gas statistics for the state on June 25, 2014. MAY PERMITS TO DRILL More...

Posted 7/9/2014 07:59 AM

Sabas Garza III, pipeline supervisor with Enterprise Products

In articles I’ve written, there’s been drilling, production, geology, fracking and oil field nostalgia. I wanted to bring some information about the midstream operations of the oil and gas scene. More...

Posted 6/25/2014 08:03 AM

Launch of “Our Energy Moment” Coalition - a big plus for future of Eagle Ford shale, Pearsall shale natural gas drilling

They’ve been holding back. Yes, production firms have been reluctant to drill natural gas wells in the Eagle Ford and Pearsall shales. More...

Posted 6/11/2014 08:57 AM

Texas Railroad Commission waste minimization program

Oil and gas production and service firms operating in the Eagle Ford shale are able to procure information from the Texas Railroad Commission to aid in keeping this shale play a clean one. More...

Posted 5/21/2014 07:59 AM

Republic Services adding to the electrical grid from landfill gas production and solar panel energy

Republic Services, the waste disposal firm that services Pleasanton, is establishing itself as “An environmental partner you can count on!” Their services extend to the Eagle Ford shale where oil field related firms bring their drill cutt More...

Posted 5/14/2014 08:22 AM

Commissioner Christi Craddick Applauds Success of Railroad Commission’s Recycling Measures

One Year Anniversary of Rule Amendments Noted

On Tuesday, April 15, Commissioner Christi Craddick highlighted progress made by the Texas oil and gas industry in water conservation, aided by the Railroad Commission’s recycling measures enacted one year ago to date. More...

Posted 4/23/2014 08:53 AM

JDR Oilfield Services, Inc. - developing rental-hot shot business in Eagle Ford shale

Recently I received a phone call from Dan Rodriguez asking me if I was related to or knew Jori Zabava. Dan found my name on the internet while searching Eagle Ford shale information. More...

Posted 4/9/2014 08:04 AM

Karnes County, again Texas’s top crude oil producer but also claims tenth spot among gas producers

The Railroad Commission of Texas released oil and gas statistics for the state on March 27, 2014 More...

Posted 4/2/2014 08:18 AM

TanMar Rentals, LLC, opened early in Pleasanton to service the Eagle Ford shale

TanMar Rentals, LLC began servicing customers in the Eagle Ford shale play in April 2010. Located just east of Pleasanton on Highway 97, they are centrally located to provide services to the large area of the Eagle Ford shale. More...

Posted 3/19/2014 08:09 AM

Former Pleasanton Valedictorian presents STEM Scholarship Funds on behalf of FTS International

Lindsay Lanham, a senior geophysicist and 1995 PHS Valedictorian, visited Pleasanton High School on Feb. More...

Posted 3/5/2014 09:35 AM