What might the oil- and gas-rich Eagle Ford Shale region of South Texas look like in 2018?
A newly released but largely unnoticed study commissioned by the state of Texas makes some striking projections:
* The number of wells drilled in the 20,000-square-mile region could quadruple, from about 8,000 today to 32,000.
* Oil production could leap from 363 million barrels per year to as much as 761 million.
* Airborne releases of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) could increase 281 percent during the peak ozone season compared to 2012 emissions. VOCs, commonly found at oil and gas production sites, can ...