INDUSTRY NEWS


Louisiana Offshore Oil Port Looks to Begin Exporting U.S. Crude

The Louisiana Offshore Oil Port (LOOP) is located about 20 miles off the coast of Louisiana, directly south of New Orleans. Standing in 110 feet of water, LOOP is the only U.S. port that can handle the massive oil tankers preferred in global oil shipping.



Study finds Permian producers heavily hedged

Oil and natural gas operators focused on the Permian Basin began the year announcing ambitious production targets for 2017. And they’ve been as aggressive in their efforts to lock in support for those targets.



Shale Oil: A Trend That Is Redefining The Cost Of Supply

I must note that the industry is yet to find a generally accepted term to describe this approach. Encana Corp. (ECA) calls this “developing the cube.” QEP Resources (QEP) uses the term “tank-style development.” Laredo Petroleum (LPI) calls its landing zone optimization system the “Earth Model.” However, all operators have the same objective: to produce more oil with less money – and it appears that full-volume stimulation is a must in this regard.



Permian oil industry has bounced back from price downturn

Drilling rigs increasingly dotting the Permian Basin horizon, along with a paper blizzard of drilling permits from the Railroad Commission, are signs the area’s oil and gas industry is rebounding from the most recent price collapse.



NOAA Study: Agriculture and Wetlands Triggered Earth’s Methane Rise—Not Oil & Gas Operations

Recent increases in atmospheric methane are not because of fossil fuels after all, according to a recent release from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).



Apache, oil drilling, become part of life in Balmorhea

Apache, a Houston oil and gas company, announced almost a year ago that it had discovered 15 billion barrels of oil and gas under 350,000 acres here in West Texas. Many worried: Visitors from near and far flock to the famous spring-fed pool at nearby Balmorhea State Park. If oil and gas drilling and hydraulic fracturing broke into the springs and ruined the pool, what, they asked, would become of this 500-person town, already struggling to make ends meet?



U.S. shale firms get creative to pump more oil

U.S. shale producers survived an oil price crash and confounded OPEC’s efforts to drain a global glut by employing innovative drilling and production techniques. Now, some of these producers are turning to creative investments to pump more oil.



Apache’s Alpine High won’t use more water than a typical farm

The Houston oil production company announced last year that it had discovered a vast new oil and gas field in southern Reeves County, surrounding the small town of Balmorhea and its famous spring-fed pool. It named the find Alpine High. Soon after the announcement, some residents and conservationists there began protesting the development, worried about the impact of oil and gas drilling on their water and land.



Permian Basin Operators, Not OPEC, will Determine Normal Oil Prices from Here Out

Because 40% of all U.S. onshore rig count is presently in the Permian basin—operating rigs—and with each completion, the amount of production from the basin will increase. So the level of drilling activity will essentially set the Permian breakeven price, and the Permian breakeven price will set the level of drilling activity.



The Major Wildcard That Could Send Oil To $120

The latest blockade of Qatar, which has mushroomed into a regional political crisis in the Middle East, would have caused a severe spike in oil prices in the past, even though Qatar is a relatively minor producer. However, the simmering standoff not only failed to register, but occurred at a time of falling oil prices.



Oil Exports, Illegal for Decades, Now Fuel a Texas Port Boom

For 40 years it was virtually impossible to sell American oil to any country except Canada because of an export ban that was a bedrock of United States energy policy.



‘Apple Of Oil’ Says New Permian Wells ‘Shattered’ Records

“EOG’s Whirling Wind wells shattered industry records in the Permian Basin,” said Chairman and CEO Bill Thomas in a statement, noting they set new records for 30-day initial production from Permian Basin horizontal oil wells. “Our advanced technology and proprietary techniques are leading to break-through well performance across our diverse portfolio of premium plays.”



Qatar blockade underscores America’s world opportunity in natural gas

In recent weeks, geopolitical uncertainties have sent tremors through international energy markets, underscoring just how fragile countries’ access to critical resources are.



U.S. oil exports are blowing past expectations

U.S. crude oil exports have exceeded 1.2 million barrels a day, per the Financial Times. That follows the lifting of a 40-year-old ban on crude oil exports in 2015, and far exceeds baseline projections.



Apache begins hiring for Alpine High pipelines

Apache recently completed the first section of a 30-inch natural gas pipeline, allowing the company to send natural gas to market for the first time and clearing the way for more wells and more oil production.


The US shale oil industry is booming despite low crude prices
Crude oil prices may be falling, but that hasn’t been enough to stop the resurgence in the US shale oil industry. According to oil services firm Baker Hughes, the number of rigs deployed in the US rose for a 23rd consecutive week last week, marking the longest stretch of continued growth seen in three decades.


Permania: 100 Years In The Permian Oil Fields Of Texas And New Mexico
There are several huge oil fields famous throughout the world. The Ghawar field in Saudi Arabia, discovered in 1948, is considered the biggest and the best known, producing about 5 million barrels per day, with estimated reserves exceeding 70 billion barrels. And this is above the 70 billion or so already extracted. Ghawar is why Saudi Arabia leads OPEC. But the Permian Basin, a 300-mile expanse from west Texas to southeastern New Mexico, is headed to becoming the biggest in the world.


West Virginia Groundwater Not Affected by Fracking
Fracking has not contaminated groundwater in northwestern West Virginia but accidental spills of fracking wastewater may pose a threat to surface water in the region, according to a new study led by scientists at Duke University.


US Will Not Issue Drilling Waivers To Russia Sanctions
The United States and European Union imposed economic sanctions on Russia over its annexation of the Crimea region in 2014 and its role in the conflict in eastern Ukraine. The sanctions forced Exxon, the world’s largest publicly traded oil producer, to wind down drilling in Russia’s Arctic in 2014.