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Future Of Shale Revolution Driven By Private Equity Money

by G. Allen Brooks

Last Tuesday, we attended two interesting meetings in Houston at which the role of private equity in the energy sector was highlighted.  It was evident after listening to the five private equity investors who presented at these meetings that each sees continued opportunities to deploy capital in the energy business, but they all acknowledge that the industry’s outlook has changed materially over the past nine months and that the industry is not likely to return to…


Posted by Keith Mauck, Publisher on April 21, 2015 at 8:20am

Three Years Ago

Just about three years ago, on April 19, 2012, the prompt-month (see Note 1) natural gas futures contract closed at $1.91 per mmBtu, a twelve year low.  On April 9, 2015, the prompt-month contract closed at $2.53 per mmBtu.  

Are natural gas prices higher now, in April 2015, than they were in…


Posted by Jim McDonnell on April 14, 2015 at 7:30am

Falling Rig Counts But Sustained Output – Change Coming?

Like many in this industry, we spend a lot of time looking at the weekly data seeking a clue to the end of the industry’s current down-cycle and the start of the next up-cycle.  Throughout our career we have watched weekly data series become a cause célèbre for forecasters.  In the past, it might have been weekly Baker Hughes (BHI-NYSE) rig count numbers, natural gas storage injections or withdrawals, oil storage volumes, weekly gasoline production figures, gasoline pump prices, or possibly…


Posted by Keith Mauck, Publisher on April 13, 2015 at 9:05am

Does Natural Gas History = $10 A Barrel Oil In Our Future?

The news is full of claims and predictions about where crude oil prices are headed, and how soon they will get there.  Remember the admonition to economists: forecast often but only give a price with no date, or a date with no price.  As oil prices have rebounded during the past two weeks, we continue to see forecasts claiming the U.S. is headed for oil prices somewhere between $20 and $10 a barrel.  The analysis behind these forecasts relies on the recent history…


Posted by Keith Mauck, Publisher on March 10, 2015 at 8:30am

Exclusive Interview With Marathon Oil

Wade, You Spoke At The 2014 Woodford Oil Congress, And We Are Delighted To Have You Join The Executive Speaker Line Up Once Again. Why Would You Recommend Your Peers In The Industry Attend The Congress In January 2015?

The congress is a great opportunity to…


Posted by Jamie Burton on January 14, 2015 at 11:08am

Embrace domestic energy production

Today's headlines — Ebola, Ukraine and ISIS — are fearsome. Yet amid the bad news, there is hope for greater U.S. security through energy. 

Gone are the days of stressing over OPEC and oil-supply disruptions; that 40-year nightmare is over. Today, we're experiencing an oil and natural gas boom that promises to strengthen the country. 

Rising U.S. crude production generates huge economic benefits. Oil…


Posted by Keith Mauck, Publisher on January 13, 2015 at 9:31pm


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