The Play: Special series examines Eagle Ford Shale oil and gas boom
Sept. 24, 2011 at 4:24 a.m.
Updated May 27, 2012 at 12:27 a.m.
Sept. 24: Change on the horizon
Oct. 30: Cuero, the hub
Dec. 18: Environmental worries
Jan. 29: Love of oil vs. love of land
March 18: Life in the oil field
April 29: Lessons learned from the Barnett Shale
May 27: Karnes County rides cycle of boom, bust
Once-quiet towns have become hives of activity as oil companies lease land and oil field workers swarm into the area.
The cause of the activity? The Eagle Ford Shale play, as those in the business call it.
In a comprehensive, seven-part series, the Advocate examines "The Play" and how drilling in this area is changing the land and the lives in the Crossroads.
The Eagle Ford Shale is an oil rich formation that stretches from the Texas-Mexico border into East Texas. It runs right under the Crossroads, bringing with it new oil and gas wealth and environmental concerns.
In the oil industry, a play is an area where oil and natural gas are discovered. Energy companies follow plays the way prospectors once chased gold mines. They have followed the Eagle Ford Shale play straight into the region.
In the series, the Victoria Advocate conducted a comprehensive examination of how this affected the Crossroads, both the good and the bad.
To read the entire series, click below: