EOG’s Cooke County Sand Mine
Sand Mine to Bring New Jobs, Tax Revenues to North Texas
EOG Resources, Inc. is developing a sand mine in Cooke County, not far from the towns of Muenster and St. Jo, Texas. The new project is expected to employ approximately 150 workers during its construction phase and about 40 full-time workers with an annual payroll of around $1.6 million once it is fully operational.
EOG paid over $2 million in taxes in Cooke and Montague counties in 2010 and that figure is expected to double in 2011 due to increased activity in the area.
EOG Resources, Inc. is committed to operating the Cooke County Sand Mine in a safe and responsible manner that meets or exceeds all state and federal environmental and safety regulations. The company is currently engaged in an air quality permitting process designed to protect the health and safety of the plant’s workers and neighbors in surrounding areas.
Over 90 percent of the water to be used at the sand processing facility will be recycled and reused. This brackish water does not come from the shallow Trinity Aquifer but rather from wells that are 400 to 600 feet deep. The water to be used in the sand operation is not suitable for human consumption.
EOG engineers have incorporated state-of-the-art operations systems and emissions control equipment into the sand mine design. These processes include enclosed conveyer belts and equipment designed to capture and substantially reduce dust and other by-products to safeguard employees, contractors and neighbors.
EOG is committed to meeting or exceeding all state and federal safety requirements. Through the use of proven technology and best management practices, EOG is taking steps to further minimize any possible risk associated with its sand operation.
The modern sand operation is designed to produce slightly over 2,700 tons per day of washed and dried sand. The mine, located near one of EOG’s successful ongoing oil field developments, will reduce the number of truck miles required for sand deliveries by 80 percent and provides another example of the company’s effort to reduce its carbon footprint.
In the Community
EOG employees live and work in the communities where it operates, and the company is committed to being a good neighbor. In total, EOG’s oil and gas operations account for over 700 jobs in Cooke and Montague counties. These employees are proud to support domestic energy production and security. EOG looks forward to working together with the community to build and manage an outstanding state-of-the-art operation.Top of Page