Category: ‘ Oil Production ’

 

Oil Security Index: Three New Countries, Spotlight on Saudi Arabia

Earlier this week, Securing America’s Future Energy (SAFE) released the second quarterly installment of its Oil Security Index for 2015, measuring the oil security of sixteen countries around the world. Countries are measured...

Oil Spill +5: Deepwater Conditions Test Industry’s Capabilities

Five years after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill—widely regarded as the most significant in American history—the petroleum industry has pushed forward on new technologies to prevent future environmental catastrophes. Devel...

What to Know: Annual Energy Outlook 2015

For the first time in several decades, the United States will become a net energy exporter, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) announced this week, as energy sent abroad begins to exceed consumption at home. Net natu...

Crude Prices, Hedging, and Missing the Forest for the Trees

John Dizard has written an important opinion piece for the Financial Times, entitled “Much of the investing public will be sacrificed to the oil-money gods.” As headlines go, this one may be a challenge to parse. But the piece...

Report: Safe Arctic Drilling is Now Possible

The United States has the technological capability to safely ramp up Arctic energy production, a federal advisory committee told Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz last week. If drilling operations were to begin in this decade, the Arc...

A Challenging Outlook for International Shale

  The recent decision by state-owned China National Offshore Oil Corporation (Cnooc) to shelve its shale gas project in Anhui province is the latest sign that the shale revolution that transformed the U.S. energy industr...

Petrobras Scandal Fuels Instability in Brazil

The government of Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff is embroiled in a heated controversy that implicates the state-owned oil company Petrobras in a wide-ranging corruption scheme. Early last week, prosecutors filed charges ag...

Obama Administration Releases First Fracking Rules in 30 Years

Today, the Obama administration unveiled the first federal fracking regulations in over 30 years, setting rules regarding chemical disclosures, wastewater disposal, and certain well construction standards. The rules, announced by ...

Opportunities, and Risks, in Oil Patch Boomtowns

Eighty miles northwest of Laredo, Texas, in the heart of the Eagle Ford shale formation, rests the tiny town of Carrizo Springs. This town of 5,800 was, for years, a quiet ranching and farming community. The shale boom has changed...

Revisiting the Rig Count

If the first quarter of 2015 will be remembered for anything in energy markets, it will be the precipitous decline of the rig count. When oil prices began dropping last October, everyone believed the U.S. oil rig count would take ...
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