The U.S. Energy Information Administration said that stocks of oil across the country rose by 7.6 million barrels in the week ending Oct. 9, bringing the total amount of oil in commercial storage to a 80-year-plus seasonal high of 468.6 million barrels.
The EIA said in its Drilling Productivity Report that overall U.S. oil production would fall 93,000 barrels per day to 5.12 million bpd total in November, the largest decrease recorded in the agency’s data going back to 2007.
North American oil explorers have only hedged about 11 percent of their oil production in 2016. That’s well below the 28 percent of oil production they’ve hedged in the third quarter of this year and , according to research firm IHS.
Government analysts say shale oil fields in Texas, Colorado, North Dakota and Ohio are set to decline by 80,000 barrels a day this month, bringing their combined daily output to 5.2 million barrels in October.
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