Oil and Water Mixing in South Texas

The major oil deposits in South Texas are being called the Eagle Ford Shell, and the best part is that they promise lots of oil and money to the people of South Texas. The oil deposits situation in South Texas is becoming a little vague, while some of the residents are witnessing production of 1,750 barrels of oil per day from their oil wells, others have to see their oil wells going dry with each passing day.

Barbara Shwa, the County Judge of Karnes said, “Though Texas is witnessing growth in the oil production sector, here growth is coming with many obstacles and the department is hardly working through those obstacles.”  Pump jacks installed across Karnes county are not only pumping oil, but they are also bringing prosperity to that otherwise ignored region. She went on, “The oil industry in Karnes County was facing dire straits in the last year, but this year it has recorded a booming increase, which is larger than ever. More than 5,100 people are expected to join us by the end of the ongoing year.”

For a county that has a population of less than 14,500 people, officials are still trying hard to keep the rush on a positive side. Along the Highway 181, many RV Parks have come up like weeds in a jungle. The reason behind their growth is to maintain the ongoing invasion of local residents who are already working on the gas and oil fields in Karnes County.

Water is also gaining much popularity and has come up as a hot commodity giving tough competition to demand of oil and gas in the natural resources market.

Allan Hedtke, who is a longtime resident of Karnes County jokingly said, “There are times when you run out of water in the midst of your bath session and at that time your better half gets really mad on you.” Hedtke went on to describe how he has seen his family suffering when their water well went dry due to the newly developed oil rigs around their age-old well.  He added, “In the beginning, so much of the water was sucked from our well when they first invaded our county. Everyone in that region at first wondered suddenly what went wrong to their water and also faced other small problems.”

In a country where 13 to 15 gallons of water per day is drank by each of the cows only, at least 10 to 12 million gallons of water are used for drilling only one oil well. With the increasing use of water, the county’s district body Evergreen Underwater Conversation has asked oil companies to get their well registered with them and also report their usage of groundwater.

“Currently we are holding the water table and I can’t even image it going down any further. Most of the people here have gone down as deep as they possibly can. We are hoping that we will not face problems anymore,” Hedtke added.

It is true that water is necessary for survival, but Hedtke said that Karnes County and the nearby Kennedy also needed jobs desperately. This will prove to be the biggest boom in the economics of that area since the decade old prison system settled in their district.

He ended his statement by saying that, “plants are being built all around the place, and because of which, people are getting good job opportunities. The main thing for Karnes County at the present is jobs and we are getting them.”

- Chris Termeer

Chris Termeer

Chris Termeer is an oil and gas consultant, industry commentator and analyst. His book, Fundamentals of Investing in Oil and Gas provides a comprehensive overview of all aspects of the oil and gas industry, including exploration, drilling, production, storage, transportation and refining, to name but a few.

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