Earlier in the year, before initial declines in service costs, Anadarko had estimated it would take $3 billion in capital expenditures to keep production levels flat. Now, Walker said, it would take about $2.7 billion, and there is still room for improvement.
Grants and tax breaks designed to lower energy production costs fell sharply after commodity prices plunged in 2008. A new report points out they have returned to levels not seen since the financial crisis, reaching up to $1.9 trillion.
Greenpeace activists dressed in tiger suits climbed atop the Mumbai headquarters of Essar Group and unfurled a banner protesting a coal-mining project proposed by billionaire brothers Shashikant and Ravikant Ruia.
T. Boone Pickens, one of the country’s biggest cheerleaders for natural gas, is unenthusiastic about the idea of removing bans of the export of crude oil, saying that the U.S. should instead focus on reducing its dependence on foreign oil, especially from the Middle East.
Koch Pipeline Co. called off plans to build a 250,000-barrel-a-day crude line to Illinois from North Dakota’s Bakken formation, where a shale boom has helped lift domestic production to the highest in a quarter-century.
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