A rig works in the Barnett Shale. (Enervest)

Methane leaks in Barnett Shale vastly higher than EPA estimates, study shows

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“Nobody had any idea how much methane was being leaked in the Barnett area,” said Robert Talbot, an University of Houston atmospheric chemistry professor who authored the paper.
Over thirty oil drilling rigs idling in a Helmerich & Payne, Inc. yard along Groening Street in Odessa, Texas, in the Permian Basin on  May 18, 2015. (Courtney Sacco/Odessa American via AP)

Goldman: $50 oil crushes hopes for U.S. drilling recovery this year

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The U.S. oil price’s recent fall to around $52 a barrel will rule out the possibility that oil companies will send 100 to 150 drilling rigs to U.S. oil fields this year – a bullish market expectation born out of two months of stable $60 oil, which ended late last week.
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Refracking is the new fracking

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America’s tight-oil production is set to peak in 2020, based on U.S. forecasts, but a technique known as refracking could keep output booming for longer by increasing the yield from old wells.
Jeff Allyn, a derrick hand with Raven Drilling, pauses with a cup of coffee while drilling for oil in the Bakken shale formation on July 23, 2013 outside Watford City, North Dakota. (Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

Shale drillers’ safety net is vanishing

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SandRidge, the Oklahoma City-based producer, had about 90 percent of its oil and natural gas liquids output hedged in early 2015, according to a regulatory filing. Next year, the hedges cover less than a third.
Supporters of a successful effort in 2012 to renationalize Argentina's largest oil company, YPF, wave flags. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

Argentina, China ripe for more shale development, EIA says

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Outside of North America, Argentina and China are the only two nations that are producing commercial quantities of natural gas trapped in deep-seated shale formations, and they both have the capacity to grow their output substantially, the U.S. Energy Information Administration said in a report Friday.
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Speculators retreat from oil as OPEC oversupply crowds out shale

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Saudi Arabia, OPEC’s biggest member, is ready to produce more oil if demand rises, Oil Minister Ali-Al Naimi said June 18. It has 1.5 million to 2 million barrels a day of spare capacity, he said.
An artist rendering of Cheniere Energy's proposed LNG export terminal in Corpus Christi.

Kinder Morgan LNG export project applies for FERC approval

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Kinder Morgan is seeking Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to build the $8 billion LNG export project near Pascagoula, Mississippi. The applicants are seeking FERC approval no later than June 17, 2016.
The shadows of  workers in the Permian Basin on February 5, 2015 in Mentone, Texas. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

The shale industry could be swallowed by its own debt

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The problem for shale drillers is that they’ve consistently spent money faster than they’ve made it, even when oil was $100 a barrel.
Workers remove the drill pipe on the drilling floor of Development Driller III, which drilled the relief well and pumped the cement to seal the Macondo well, the source of the Deepwater Horizon rig explosion and oil spill, in the Gulf Of Mexico, off the coast of Louisiana, Saturday, Sept. 18, 2010. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Energen taps capital markets for $405 million to boost drilling

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Energen’s public offering of 5.7 million shares makes it the 30th North American oil company to raise funds from the public equity markets in 2015, bringing the oil-exploration sector’s take to about $13.7 billion so far this year.
Oil field workers in 2012  drill into the Gypsum Hills near Medicine Lodge, Kan.   U.S. Steel said Tuesday it will lay off about 750 employees from two plants that make tubular steel, which is used in oil and gas drilling(AP Photo/Orlin Wagner, File)

Efficiency gains in the oil patch could be short lived, consultants say

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Today’s efficiency gains, especially those driven by 20 to 30 percent discounts off the cost of oil field tools and services, could be short lived if drilling rigs ride high again after the end of the downturn, which will come sooner or later.