I am glad to see they are going to be the Eagle Ford Shale in a big way.
By Tom Fowler Houston Chronicle
Marathon Oil said it will spend $3.5 billion in a deal to buy 141,000 acres in the Eagle Ford shale play from a venture started just a year ago by Houston's Hilcorp Energy and private equity giant KKR — with the potential for acquiring 14,000 acres more through additional rights and leasing.
The deal will double its footprint in the Eagle Ford shale, bringing its total acreage to 285,000 and making Houston-based Marathon the fifth-largest acreage holder in the shale, according to the company.
Including oil production from existing wells on the property, the per-acre price comes to about $21,000 — a likely record for the Eagle Ford.