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In 2006, Mark Papa, CEO of EOG Resources, Inc. directed EOG divisions to focus on identifying and leasing large acreage blocks in shale oil window fairways (Mark Papa, personal communication) in basins throughout the United States while subordinating all exploration for natural gas, and in particular, dry gas. The company’s strategic change to shale oil exploration occurred during what was referred to as a “wall of disbelief” (Birger, 2011) predicated on the premise that oil molecules could not flow through shale-dominated permeability systems. The EOG Garner 1054 C#1, drilled in November 1998, encountered hydrocarbons within the Eagle Ford Formation...

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