What is Eagle Ford Shale?

Eagle Ford Shale is arguably the largest and most active shale play, or oil and gas formation, in the world. Named after the town of Eagle Ford, the shale play is located in South Texas. With depths ranging from 4,000 to 14,000 feet, record drilling levels and wells producing over 4,000 barrels per day of oil initially, Eagle Ford Shale has redefined the Texas oil industry and is expected to continue for decades to come.

Eagle Ford Shale development is having a major, positive impact on the Texas economy. With approximately 250 rigs drilling for and extracting oil, almost 40,000 jobs are supported in the counties where the majority of drilling is occurring. As production continues, job opportunities are likely to grow in surrounding counties as well.

Eagle Ford Shale accidents and injuries

While the job growth is beneficial in many ways, an unfortunate side effect is an increase in oil field accidents. Texas state and federal regulations provide strict safety measures, but the oil industry is still a dangerous field to work in and accidents are common. Research into drilling methods, such as fracking, suggests that the method itself can cause injuries. The dangers inherent in oilfield jobs, coupled with the rush of companies - including inexperienced start-ups - to fulfill job needs and extract oil, means that many ordinary precautions and safety regulations are ignored and the likelihood for serious accidents increases.

Harry Bates, a board certified personal injury lawyer by The Texas Board of Legal Specialization has more than 25 years of litigation experience, giving us the resources, skills and expertise to help clients who suffer drilling injuries while working on the Eagle Ford Shale play, as well as others who are injured in accidents caused by its production. As a San Antonio attorney, Harry Bates has firsthand knowledge of how development of the shale play increases the rate and severity of oilfield accidents. Using a high level of skill and ability, as demonstrated by his Super Lawyer designation in 2006, 2009-2017 by Thomson Reuters, Harry Bates may be able to develop a strategy in an effort to resolve the claim of clients for serious and/or permanent injuries or wrongful death.

Help develop a strategy in your case that may result in a fair settlement for Eagle Ford Shale oilfield injuries

If you have been injured or lost a loved one in an Eagle Ford Shale oilfield accident, seek the assistance of seasoned attorney who understands your rights and how to protect them. For service throughout South Texas, contact The Bates Law Firm online or by calling 210-226-3777, toll free at 877-716-3777 for a free initial consultation or 24/7 emergency assistance.