As the price of oil seemingly began to stabilize for now near $60 a barrel, the U.S. oil rig count slowed its pace of decline down to a crawl. The number of U.S. oil rigs is now at 659, according to Baker Hughes data, after dropping by eight oil rigs a week prior.
A rebound in oil prices that bottomed near $44 a barrel in March has provided some relief to stronger companies that have been able to compensate with cost cuts and more efficient operations. For many smaller, cash-strapped producers, current prices of almost $60 still aren’t enough to make ends meet compared to the $100-plus prices seen during the boom days.
Roughly two dozen congressional Democrats want the Obama administration to postpone a final environmental assessment of TransCanada Corp.’s proposed Keystone XL pipeline until conflict of interest allegations surrounding that review have been resolved.
A federal bankruptcy judge’s ruling that Anadarko Petroleum Corp. may have to pay up to $14 billion in liabilities shocked Wall Street on Friday. Investors have erased nearly $4 billion from the company’s market capitalization Friday.
The nation’s oil capital has become a model for progress in electrically powered vehicles, boasting the nation’s third-largest municipal hybrid fleet, according to new report from advocacy group Electrification Coalition.
The percentage of North Dakota oil shipped by rail will likely jump significantly in the next year as producers increasingly turn to trains to reach U.S. refineries where premium prices are fetched, the state’s top oil regulator told lawmakers Thursday.
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