“In 2008, we saw very little activity in the Eagle Ford shale. Today, it has become one of the most significant oil-and-gas plays in the country and has generated a tremendous amount of wealth for Texas,” says Thomas Tunstall, director of the UTSA Center for Business and Community Research, and the study’s principal investigator. “Over the next 10 years, the annual revenue generated and jobs created will continue the steady progress upward, helping to ensure environmental and economic goals can be realized together. The goal is to create sustainable growth for the region.”
In Bexar County alone, there were an estimated 20,000 jobs that were supported by activity in the shale in 2012. This is up from less than 5,000 in 2011.