The Eagle Ford Minute by Randy Watson
The Eagle Ford Shale rig count stayed flat at 266 rigs running across our coverage area by the end of last week.
Natural Gas production from the Utica Shale in Ohio is very close to initial production the Eagle Ford Shale.
The Austin American Statesman says that Drugs have followed the Eagle Ford energy boom. Along with jobs and money, the oil bonanza brought a flood of methamphetamine, cocaine and marijuana to the region, which local law enforcement and hospital officials, especially those in the most rural areas, say they aren’t prepared to handle.
Drug-related arrests doubled in nearby Dimmit County over the past five years and have increased five fold in Frio County since 2011. At the same time, hospital officials report they are seeing an influx of drug-related overdoses and vehicle accidents, as well as injuries stemming from drug-related violence.
Over 43,000 people have flocked to the Eagle Ford region since the boom started in 2008. Local law enforcement has struggled to keep pace with the growth, and officials say they can keep up only with the most immediate concerns.