The Best Shale Play in the United States

There's an enormous amount of buzz surrounding the oil-production explosion in the Bakken shale formation in North Dakota. But in this video, Motley Fool energy analysts Joel South and Taylor Muckerman call to investors' attention the fact that this explosive growth is slowing, and that there might be newer, more exciting plays. Joel discusses a more recent area of enormous growth, the Eagle Ford formation in Texas, and gives investors a few advantages that this area has over the Bakken, including cheaper drilling and higher takeaway capacity resulting from a more robust pipeline infrastructure in the area. He then gives us his picks for which companies could make the best investments for those looking to capitalize on Eagle Ford oil.

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  • Report this Comment On May 30, 2013, at 5:48 PM, 4fossilfuel wrote:

    Sorry guys, there are a couple of inaccuracies or misstatements about the Eagle Ford (two words) shale play. First, you are incorrect in stating that there was no production from the play in 2010. If you consult the Texas Railroad Commission records, you find the following oil production figures, in Bbl. per Day for each year: 2008 - 352; 2009 - 843; 2010 -15,163 (per day, THAT'S a little more than zero, guys); 2011 - 128,619; 2012 - 381,317; and, 2013 YTD - 512,455. It is currently the most actively drilled play in the country with about 225 drilling rigs in use there. The oil is NOT sent to Louisiana in most cases, to fetch the LLS price. It is still priced at West Texas Intermediate, since much of it goes to the refineries along the Houston Ship Channel and in Southeast Texas.

    It's a good play that is coming on, but let's get the facts straight, shall we?

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