Rich With Natural Gas, State Eyes More Oversight

KENEDY — At a packed meeting here one evening last week, natural gas industry boosters told long tables of ranchers and townspeople about anticipated jobs and economic opportunities. Outside, along lonely country roads near town, lights from drilling equipment glittered in the dark night.

Kenedy sits in the heart of the Eagle Ford Shale, one of the largest and most recently discovered oil and gas fields in the state. The first gas well was drilled just three years ago, and the yields of Eagle Ford are part of the reason why production of natural gas in Texas — the leading gas-drilling state ...

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