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I-10 Corridor Association looks at Eagle Ford Shale

By by Dianna Wray
April 8, 2011 at 5 p.m.
Updated April 7, 2011 at 11:08 p.m.

Charles Cusack, the vice president of exploration at at Petrohawk, talks to the the audience about what drilling in the Eagle Ford Shale means. Cusack spoke at the I-10 Corridor Association annual meeting on Friday.

CUERO - Members of the I-10 Corridor Association listened intently as Charles Cusack, vice president of exploration at Petrohawk Energy, talked about drilling in the Eagle Ford Shale.

"This is here to stay. We've got 150 wells now and we'll probably have 200 in the next year. We're going to be here, drilling, for years and years," Cusack said.

About 40 people met for their annual meeting at the Chisholm Trail Museum in Cuero on Friday morning.

Cusack spoke for an hour about drilling in Eagle Ford Shale, touching on everything from the fracking process that has opened up drilling possibilities in the area to the need for companies to get easements and leasing rights to properties so that they can get to the natural gas and oil located in the area.

Kay Lapp, executive director of the Cuero Chamber of Commerce, said she started looking for someone to speak to the group about the possible impact of drilling in the region after members started asking for information. Cusack has spoken at other clubs and organizations, Lapp said, and his ties to the area and training as an engineering geologist made him a good choice to speak to the group.

Cusack gave the group an overview of why people are drilling in the region, and what they, as landowners and residents, can expect in the future.

DeWitt County judge Daryl Fowler said he thought the meeting was informative.

"I think it's a very good idea to get this information out there, and what better way to do that than with someone who is vice president of exploration," Fowler said.

Barbara Hand, executive director of the Gonzales Chamber of Commerce, agreed.

"It was very interesting. All of our land is leased, so I'm learning everything I can about this," Hand said

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