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Natural gas makes a comeback in Eagle Ford shale fields

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Natural gas has been something of a stepchild in the 400-mile Eagle Ford Shale oil field, but it’s having a moment.

With Mexico’s natural gas production on the decline — even as Mexican demand for natural gas is surging — Texas companies operating in the southernmost part of the Eagle Ford near Laredo are drilling natural gas wells so they can sell the product across the border.

Since 2010, Webb County’s gas production has soared from around 100 million cubic feet per day of natural gas to around 2 billion cubic feet per day today. Eight drilling rigs are working in Webb County, up from about three this time last year.

Brandon Seale, president of Howard Energy Mexico, said it doesn’t make sense for Mexico to rush to drill its own shale gas, even though it has its vast reserves.

Seale spoke Wednesday at the second annual Mexico Gas Summit at the St. Anthony Hotel in San Antonio, on the first of a two-day conference delving into the details of Mexico’s energy reform.

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Written by Jennifer Hiller

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