Category: Shale

Chesapeake chasing ‘all-but-forgotten’ shale assets

Just a month after BP decided to take a $521 million hit to abandon its plans for the Utica Shale, Chesapeake Energy last week called the region its “newest world-class asset.”  More »

Report: Horizontal rigs surging in Permian Basin

Half the increase in horizontal drilling over the last five months has happened in the Permian Basis, according to a new U.S. Energy Information Administration report.  More »

Q&A: Psychology had a role in smaller companies’ shale edge

Smaller companies may have had more success in shale plays, at least so far, because risks had the potential for greater individual rewards than a larger company would offer.  More »

Expert: Shale is a U.S. phenomenon

Shale drilling is an American phenomenon, and likely will stay that way for several more years, geopolitical strategist Peter Zeihan said this week in San Antonio.  More »

Mexico’s energy reform could take a bite out of US shale-gas sellers, EIA chief says

A top U.S. energy official said Thursday he’d like to get together with Mexican authorities and pour over natural gas production forecasts to understand how much Mexico’s energy reform may set back U.S. shale-gas sellers.  More »

Smaller-scale advances driving shale gas innovations

Investors’ growing reluctance to back big, complex projects is driving the energy industry to break up its infrastructure plans into smaller pieces, potentially putting new projects and technology development into the hands of many more players, energy executives said Thursday.  More »

Commerce official: US output booms while federal lands wilt

The United States will need to produce as much oil and gas as it can muster to prepare for massive global demand growth over the next four decades, a U.S. Chamber of Commerce official said Thursday.  More »

Shale boom sends U.S. crude production to 28-year high

Output rose 78,000 barrels a day to 8.428 million, the most since October 1986, according to Energy Information Administration data.  More »

Argentine court orders probe of Chevron-YPF deal

Argentine President Cristina Fernandez is accused of abusing her power and harming the environment by issuing a decree last year that facilitated the deal.  More »

Ohio House plans vote on tax hike for oil drillers

The bill imposes a 2.5-percent severance tax on horizontal wells, including those extracting resources through hydraulic fracturing.  More »

ConocoPhillips CEO: US crude keeping a check on global oil price spikes

Geopolitical turbulence in the Middle East would have created a spike in global oil prices if not for the rise of light-crude in the United States and oil sands in Canada, ConocoPhillips CEO Ryan Lance said Tuesday.  More »

New projections show oil production soaring as rigs boost efficiency

Oil production will continue to soar in the six major U.S. shale plays, with more barrels pumped per rig, according to federal projections released Monday.  More »