When it comes to shale, some states have all the luck. Texas is home to not only the Barnett, but also the world’s largest shale play (to date) in terms of economic development, the Eagle Ford—projected to net the region more than $89 billion in revenue and 127,000 jobs. The entire economic makeup of South Texas revolves around the jobs created in development of Eagle Ford. Many flash towns have sprung up across South Texas, reminiscent of the great westward expansion of the 19th century. Except this boom shows no signs of slowing anytime soon.
The Eagle Ford is developed between depths of 4,000 and 14,000 feet and is known for production of crude oil, NGLs (ethane, propane, and butane).