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Cotulla, TX and the Eagle Ford Shale Oil Boom

Cotulla is about 35 miles northeast of where Miss and I have been hangin’ out for the last several months. Want a better than average look at life in the Eagle Ford Shale? And Cotulla, Tx in particular?

Ralph Ayala pulls up to the Brush Country Museum, parks his truck, and hops out, leaving the engine running. It’s 100 degrees outside and he doesn’t want to come back to a baking vehicle.


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HOOTENANNY – Hootenanny is an Appalachian colloquialism that was used in early twentieth century America to refer to things whose names were forgotten or unknown. In this usage it was synonymous with thingamajig or whatchamacallit, as in “hand me that hootenanny.” Hootenanny was also an old country word for “party”. “Hootenanny” was also used by the leadership of early firefighting battalions to describe a “meeting of the minds” of higher ups or various department heads.

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Eagle Ford Drive By

Coming and going on the Baytown trip, I cut straight across (or thereabouts) from Cotulla to Victoria. I bisected the Eagle Ford Shale field west to east and it was an interesting ride. Seems like there was an oil field gate guard every 5 miles or so. I saw everything from 6 figure $$ plus coaches to ex-FEMA trailers. I saw one with a trampoline leaned up against the western side for??? Maybe to shield

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