With the BP Gulf tragedy focusing attention on the perils of offshore oil and gas exploration and production, land based oil and gas exploration and production is once again more important than ever. Moreover, similar to the oil boom of the 1970’s and 1980’s, Lee County is in the bullseye for new oil and gas production. The geologic formation currently causing the most excitement is the Eagle Ford Shale. Named for an outcrop near Eagle Ford, Texas, this geologic formation is sandwiched between the Austin Chalk formations and the Buda and Georgetown formations at depths ranging from near surface to more than 14,000 feet in South Texas. This formation has long been associated with oil and gas production from the Austin Chalk formation but companies are just now developing the technology 005p1.jpg

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