The Eagle Ford may be one of the most mature of all U.S. shale plays, but it’s turning out to be one of the most resilient, too. Increased drilling permits to the Austin Chalk in the eastern portion of the play are keeping it relevant.

”We refer to the Eagle Ford as the ‘dark horse,’ because it remains one of the most economic basins in the country, and we are getting the most questions about it and the Austin Chalk,” said Enverus analyst Bernadette Johnson, speaking at Hart Energy’s DUG Eagle Ford conference and exhibition, recently.

“In general, downspacing has been successful here, and more so than in any other play,” she said.

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