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La Salle County Spotlight

If you think McMullen and Dimmit have a lot of leasing activity you should stop by LaSalle County – the birthplace of the Eagle Ford Shale land grab.  Cotulla (county seat) is teeming with Landmen.  The makeshift clerk’s office has been moved from its original location into a converted school building that proudly boosts a sign exclaiming that LBJ taught there in the late 1920’s.  Over fifty Landmen currently frequent the clerk’s office.  Space is extremely limited with most of the Landmen working in the hallway.  Copy requests are numerous so expect 1-2 days for orders to be processed.  Despite all the activity, I found the clerk’s staff to be quite accommodating.  They will greet you with a smile and do their best to help you out.

On the lodging/restaurant/nightlife scene your options are somewhat limited.  However, compared with McMullen County this place is an urban metropolis.  As with all towns in South Texas, Tex-Mex is the food of choice.  However, it is possible to find a steak, vegetable or any fried food your heart desires.  Hotel rooms are limited so be sure and book your reservations in advance.  The Best Western is new and as with most South Texas towns there is an Executive Inn as well as multiple independent establishments.  If you have to do something at night your options are really limited.  My suggestion would be to buy a six-pack and stand in the hotel parking lot.

The spike in leasing activity has been incredible.  Over the past decade the number of leased tracts per year is as follows:

2001 – 23

2002 – 13

2003 – 12

2004 – 51

2005 – 70

2006 – 81

2007 – 41

2008 – 125

2009 – 358

2010 (Through February – 162

The average tract of land contains 1548.07 acres.  Most of the leasing activity occurs in the North and South parts of the county.  Currently producing regions are located in or around active leasing areas.

Ramblin’ Man La Salle County Spotlight

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Justin Birmingham

Justin Birmingham is a Research Analyst at Drillinginfo. He creates proprietary research studies, works with statistical models and manages datasets for the DI Analytics team. Justin earned his Bachelor of Science from Texas State University – San Marcos.