Oil boom in Luling sparks new interest in town

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by Heather Kovar / KVUE News and photojournalist Dennis Thomas

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Posted on July 24, 2013 at 6:32 PM

Updated Thursday, Jul 25 at 10:30 AM

LULING, Texas -- According to the Texas Railroad Commission, Texas represents about 49 percent of all active land rigs in the United States.

While much of the booming production is happening in South Texas, there are some areas in Central Texas where oil has been a staple of the economy since the roaring Twenties.

Luling, Texas is an example. It's been known for oil since the first discovery well in 1920.

James Montgomery is the president of Progress Drilling based in Luling. He says, "Luling  depends heavily on the oil and gas industry."

He is currently drilling all over South Texas, and other parts of the U.S.

"We've been real busy the last several years, due to the price of oil," says Montgomery.

Just one of the numerous oil and gas companies based here, he employs almost 50 people. He drilled a pump jack by the Dairy Queen drive thru in the 1980s. It's one of several in the city limits decorated by the Chamber of Commerce.

KVUE also spoke with Ben Heider, a geologist with North South Oil in Luling. He's been working in Luling for about three years. His company is reconnecting the old oil hot spots by horizontal drilling. He says it is exciting because there is no need for fracking.
 
"Today off of all that, there is probably somewhere in the neighborhood of 300 horizontal wells, and the production probably is close to four to five-thousand barrels a day.”

Oil is created by decomposition of marine organisms. And the reason why there is so much oil in Texas is because Texas was once the ocean floor. That is one fact you'll learn at the Luling Oil Museum downtown.
 
Museum Director Carol Voigt says in the 80s it was boom and bust. They lost a lot of downtown business and were looking for tourism ideas. And that is how the museum originated.

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