Eagle Ford Shale
Energy and water are inextricably linked and an integral part of the future of Texas.
Today, San Antonio is uniquely positioned as an energy leader in the 21st century energy economy. Few, if any, other cities in the world are making the level of commitment, supported by the level of investment necessary to create a sustainable energy future for a city the size and scale of San Antonio and that also sits on the doorstep of what may become the largest producing oil and gas reserve in the continental United States. No one would have predicted the impact of the Eagle Ford Shale on San Antonio and south Texas three years ago – it is the most significant example of technology insertion and innovation impacting our energy future over the last several decades. Our city and our region must adopt a long term view on the Eagle Ford that culminates in the development of a strategic roadmap for energy, water, and economic development that guides our involvement and fully captures this opportunity.
As we move into the third energy transition from coal to gas, wind, and solar we continue to reduce both carbon emissions and water consumption. Future energy development will place significant new demands on water. The Texas Water Development Board projects water demands to increase substantially over the next 50 years – much of this new demand will come from growing metropolitan areas and increasing thermoelectric power production.
The complexity of the energy, water, and economic development associated with the Eagle Ford Shale provides great opportunities and challenges for San Antonio. We look forward to partnering across our community to create a future that positions San Antonio as a national leader in these areas.
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