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