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Will fracking change the Crossroads?

April 12, 2011 at 4:03 p.m.
Updated April 11, 2011 at 11:12 p.m.


Advocate Staff Report

Drilling in the Eagle Ford Shale, a carbon rich rock formation that stretches across the southern part of the state, is booming.

Hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking, has made drilling in the Eagle Ford Shale possible, but the impacts of drilling are yet to be known.

Since the discovery of large pools of oil and natural gas in the area, the biggest energy find in more than half a century, the area was one of the most drilled areas in the United States in 2010, according to a report by the Perryman Group, an economic analysis team.

It is predicted that drilling will only increase in the area, in the face of one of the biggest energy finds in the past five decades, Charles Cusack, the vice president of exploration for Petrohawk Energy Corporation, said.

The Victoria Advocate is working on a series examining the impact of drilling in the Eagle Ford Shale.

Over the course of the series, we will look at the impact the oil boom will have on every area community where drilling is occurring. For more information contact environmental reporter Dianna Wray at 361-574-1286 or email dwray@vicad.com.

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