Category: ‘ Oil ’

 

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...

Iran Deal Skeptics Could Trigger Era of High Risk Premium for Oil

Last week’s announcement of the framework of a deal between Iran and the P5+1 group of nations sparked mixed reactions in the United States, in Iran, and in U.S. allies in the Middle East, but all agreed on the momentous nature ...

Sovereign Wealth Funds Useful Buffer Against Low Oil Prices

Norway is a unique example among the short list of the world’s most energy-rich states. As the world’s fifth-largest oil exporter—putting $40 billion into the state’s coffers every year—the Nordic country also boasts a v...

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...

Natural Gas, Diesel, and the Future of Trucking

California’s Interstate 5 is one of the most important roads in America. The 1,400-mile stretch of highway connects the U.S.-Mexican border in the south to its northernmost terminus in Canada. I-5 is a massive, transcontinen...

Last Contango in Cushing

  This week, there’s been a lot of talk about oil storage—or rather, the lack thereof. Experts are saying that U.S. crude oil storage capacity could be depleted by mid-April of this year, which could result in ev...

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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