Crude oil prices have dropped 38% since June for two reasons. Shale oil production in the US Bakken, Eagle Ford, and Permian basins has increased dramatically - by more than 4 million barrels per day since 2008. At the same time, worldwide demand for crude oil has declined as a result of slowing economies in China and Europe.
Starting in January 2012, the US crude oil benchmark, West Texas Intermediate (WTI), bounced around $100/Bbl (dollars per…Continue
Added by Jim McDonnell on December 9, 2014 at 6:30am — No Comments
In researching this subject, I discovered a January 16, 2011 article featured in OilOnLine which provides an interesting alternative to conventional fracking techniques. Virginia based PDN Mountaineer, LLC announded that they have partnered with Utah based Purestream Technology in incorporating their Trilogy system to treat and purify wastewater from their Marcellus operations. Purestream claims to be able to alleviate the environmental impact of hydraulic fracturing by…Continue
Added by John W. Landman on November 17, 2014 at 2:30pm — No Comments
Think about how the Obama administration sees the state of the world. It wants Tehran to come to heel over its nuclear programme. It wants Vladimir Putin to back off in eastern Ukraine. But after recent experiences in Iraq and Afghanistan, the White House has no desire to put American boots on the ground. Instead,…
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The carnage from falling global oil prices is felt throughout the stock market. Energy producers have suffered the brunt of the damage inflicted by the 20+% drop in Brent and West Texas Intermediate (WTI) oil prices since last June, but other energy subsectors have been hurt, too. Many of the companies significantly damaged price-wise were perceived as prime beneficiaries from continued high oil prices such as renewable energy…Continue
Added by Keith Mauck, Publisher on November 5, 2014 at 9:30am — No Comments
Almost without exception, today’s shale wells are stimulated using water-based fracturing fluids (slickwater). This technique is popular due to its ability to transport proppant effectively at a relatively inexpensive cost. However, it is a magnet for criticism from environmentalists, who are concerned about the incredible volume of water needed as well as the resulting contaminated wastewater which must be treated and disposed of properly. Water use is often cited as one of the primary…Continue
Added by John W. Landman on November 2, 2014 at 7:17pm — No Comments
The above graph looks at natural gas prices going back to January 1997.
Natural gas prices have retreated from their Polar Vortex highs and remain relatively low by historical standards.
The prices plotted above are not adjusted for inflation. If they were in 2014 dollars, the left side of the curve would be more elevated. In real dollars, today’s prices are lower…Continue
Added by Jim McDonnell on October 30, 2014 at 9:30am — No Comments
The conspiracy theories surrounding the death of Total SA’s chief executive, Christophe de Margerie, started the second the news broke of his death. Under mysterious circumstances in Moscow, his private jet collided with a snowplow just after midnight. De Margerie was the CEO of Total, France’s largest oil company.
Added by Ray @ The Crude Oil Trader on October 25, 2014 at 8:27am — No Comments
With little fanfare, the government of Saudi Arabia has sent the oil market into a tizzy with disclosure that it is willing to live for up to two years with oil prices below $90 a barrel and possibly as low as $80. For many oil market observers, this revelation shocked them as they were convinced, and espoused the view that the Saudis would help coordinate an OPEC production cut in order to support global oil prices in the $100 a barrel range. That view was based…Continue
Added by Keith Mauck, Publisher on October 21, 2014 at 9:46am — No Comments
West Texas Intermediate (WTI) oil prices fell below $90 per barrel last week in response to data reflecting weakening economic activity in China and Europe. Recent economic data for the United States has been mixed, but generally it has been more positive than negative. That said, future economic growth is being questioned by the weaker global outlook and the announcement of the first Ebola case in the United…Continue
Added by Keith Mauck, Publisher on October 8, 2014 at 10:00am — No Comments
Pressure to reuse produced water in tight oil and shale gas plays in the Rocky Mountains is ever increasing, with a recent study by Ceres showing that reusing produced water can achieve a cost reduction of 24-46% per barrel.
The program for the 4th Annual Produced Water…Continue
Added by Keith Mauck, Publisher on October 8, 2014 at 8:54am — No Comments
Our trading partner Mike Seery is laying out his bearish view on crude oil. How low can it go?
Crude oil futures in the November contract are down $1.50 a barrel currently trading at 89.53 right near two year lows with extreme choppiness over the last several weeks with many rallies and sell offs as I’ve been sitting on the sidelines but now the trend clearly is to the downside, however the chart structure is terrible at the current time so I am not taking a short at this time,…Continue
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By Keith Mauck
Over the last few years litigation arising from Chesapeake Energy’s royalty practices, has reached a tipping point with a number of new suits being filed in the last year and stretching into new legal theories of liability. The origins of this litigation boom against Chesapeake stems from changes…Continue
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Two weeks ago last Saturday, a group of residents led by an environmental activist marched in Burrillville, Rhode Island protesting plans by Spectra Energy (SE-NYSE) to expand the delivery capability of its Algonquin pipeline system that supplies gas to the state and other New England states. Actually, the physical expansion of the pipeline will occur elsewhere, but Spectra Energy operates a compressor plant in…Continue
Added by Keith Mauck, Publisher on September 2, 2014 at 4:00pm — No Comments
A wind farm requires 700 times more…
Added by Keith Mauck, Publisher on August 18, 2014 at 8:57am — No Comments
This summer I have spent a fair amount of time dusting off my memories of offshore Gulf of Mexico. I guess it should be expected since I attended the OTC for the first time in 25 years, add that with the offshore process training at the Shell Robert’s Training Center in Southern…Continue
Added by Steve Burnett on August 15, 2014 at 1:04pm — No Comments
New technology must come to the forefront to solve the “Great Crew Change." With the economy finally starting to begin to rebound, the available talent pool is just not there. Due to the a situation in which everyone was either looking for a job or looking to cling to what they had before,most qualified candidates are already employed. The…Continue