Sen. John Cornyn of Texas said the fall legislative session will likely be bogged down with spending and debt ceiling debates, but there are legislative efforts in the works to expand natural gas exports and lift a ban on shipping crude oil overseas.
While the dive in crude oil prices from more than $100 in June 2014 to a little over $50 this month has meant the cheapest gasoline prices since 2009, consumer spending from that windfall hasn’t outpaced deep cuts to the oil and gas sector.
The drop last Monday of 7.7 percent or $4.40 — to $52.53 from $56.93 — was the largest single day-percentage loss since February, and as the financial crisis in Greece deepened, the Chinese stock market fell and the U.S. rig count stabilized.
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.
Sound Oil Plc, a Mediterranean producer one-500th the size of Eni SpA, will start exploring fields in Morocco and Italy toward the end of 2015 and early 2016, while Cairn Energy Plc and Savannah Petroleum Plc plan wells in West Africa.
Sabine is just the latest U.S. oil producer to show signs of financial stress in the oil market crash. Oil producers Quicksilver Resources, Dune Energy, BPZ Resources and American Eagle Energy have all filed for bankruptcy protection this year.
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