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Wildlife and Oil Drilling Rigs In The Eagle Ford Shale


Here are some photos of South Texas wildlife in the Eagle Ford shale area, south of San Antonio. In the following photo, javelina and wild turkey mingle as a drilling rig in the distance drills a horizontal well. Eagle ford shale drilling has affected hunting on some ranches, but generally on large ranches, oil exploration and production do not have  a negative affect on wildlife populations. Owners of large ranches often use revenue from oil and gas production for projects that improve wildlife habitat, such as digging new watering ponds, planting forage crops or hiring professional wildlife biologists to help improve game species as well as preserve habitat for endangered species.  In the following photo of oil drilling activity and wildlife, the animals are foraging in a recently cleared pipeline right of way, which is now becoming covered with spring weeds and grasses. On the downside, an upswing in poaching due to more drilling activity in the Eagle Ford shale is being reported by some game wardens. Hunters have complained about all the competition for service at local restaurants and gas stations, as well as increased traffic on ranch roads, and loss of privacy in an area which has long been known for its peace and quiet.

Javelinas and wild turkey photo near oil rig in Eagle Ford shale area.

In the next photo, Tom turkeys proudly display their tail feathers and long beards, as they compete for hens. Blackbrush, a

common type of acacia bush, covers much of the Eagle Ford shale play area.

Near an Eagle Ford shale drilling rig, wild turkeys display tail feathers.

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I hope you enjoyed these photos of wildlife near oil rigs and equipment. I hope to add more in the near future.

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