San Augustine Co. excited over oil and gas money

By Donna McCollum - email

SAN AUGUSTINE CO., TX (KTRE) - San Augustine County, known as one of the poorest in Deep East Texas, could possibly be on its way to being the richest.

The largest oil and gas discovery within the Haynesville Shale is in the county.

"I don't know what the biggest thing is that ever happened in San Augustine County was," said property owner Jane Sublett, 82. "Nothing very big has ever happened."

But Sublett knows, what's happening out her back door represents something big for San Augustine County.

Preparations for yet another oil and gas rig are underway.

Not far from Sublett's property is the Kardell well. It's the best well in the entire Haynesville Shale, capable of producing close to $128,000 per day of natural gas.

"The more revenue you get, the less people have to pay," Chief Appraiser Jamie Doherty said.

No one wants a well under the renovated courthouse, but directional drilling is ok with the city manager.

"I think they're going to do that," City Manager Duke Lyons said. "They're out there leasing every home in San Augustine right now.

For the first time in ten years San Augustine's sales tax has jumped.

"There's going to be some extra dollars in a lot of people's pocket that I think is mighty important for our town," Lyons said.