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BHP Billiton makes $2.8 billion writedown in Texas shale

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BHP’s announcement comes at a time when U.S. shale is suffering because of low prices for natural gas and oil, the latter of which is hovering near $52 a barrel.
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.
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Study: Refracturing not all it’s fracked up to be

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A large-scale redo of oil wells won’t make sense until companies see better returns from returning to old wells than from drilling new ones, said Christopher Robart, at IHS.
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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.
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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.
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.
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Colorado energy companies take trespassing claims to court

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Encana Corp. has sued WPX Energy, saying WPX knowingly drilled a well that passed horizontally through Encana’s mineral estate in the Parachute Creek area without getting Encana’s permission.
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Oil drilling in Montana taps out

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Montana drilling has been very limited during the Bakken oil boom, but it’s been decades since the state was without a single drilling rig.
Ryan Lance, ConocoPhillips CEO, speaks during the opening panel discussion of the 2015 IHS Energy CERAWEEK. (Brett Coomer/Houston Chronicle)

Shale is ‘here to stay’ Conoco chief tells OPEC

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In June 2012, when Lance spoke at the last biennial seminar held by the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries, the U.S. was pumping 6.2 million barrels a day. Now, it produces 9.5 million barrels at day, the highest since 1972.