Shale We Review the 2010s?
By Evelyn Teel and Jim McDonnell With the decade coming to a close, this is a perfect opportunity to look back at how the energy market has changed over the past ten years. It has certainly been a whirlwind ride, starting shortly after the 2008 stock market crash and continuing through the Great Recession and…Read More
NCAC – 22nd Annual Washington Energy Policy Conference
ONE WEEK FROM TODAY Secure your spot here: https://www.ncac-usaee.org/event-2845352 Energy Technologies and Innovations: A Disturbance in the [Market] Force Thursday, April 12, 2018, 8:30 AM to 6:00 PM The George Washington University Keynote speakers: Mark P. Mills, Senior Fellow, Manhattan Institute Gil Quiniones, President and CEO, New York Power Authority In addition to these keynote…Read More
Peak Oil – A Dramatic Turn of Events
In our May 20, 2015 article, we wrote that “Concerns and worry about Peak Oil are overstated and irrelevant.” The article concluded, “With crude oil supplies increasing and the demand for crude oil slowing, and likely to continue to slow more, demand for crude oil will peak long before dwindling supplies of crude oil become…Read More
Concerns and worry about Peak Oil are overstated and irrelevant. Many articles and books have been written on the topic and many lectures given. Dire predictions have been made and many people have concluded that because of peaking of crude oil production, the future of the human race is bleak. Peak Oil theory seems so…Read More
Los Angeles is an urban oilfield. Within its limits are more than 50 oil fields, 3,000 active oil wells, and numerous tar pits (actually asphalt seeps). During the 1920s, a quarter of the world’s crude oil production came from California, and the Los Angeles Basin was responsible for a large portion of that production. It…Read More
Are Crude Oil and Natural Gas Reconciling?
Crude oil prices have dropped 38% since June for two reasons. Shale oil production in the US Bakken, Eagle Ford, and Permian basins has increased dramatically – by more than 4 million barrels per day since 2008. At the same time, worldwide demand for crude oil has declined as a result of slowing economies in…Read More
Natural Gas Market Update
The above graph looks at natural gas prices going back to January 1997. Natural gas prices have retreated from the Polar Vortex bump and remain relatively low by historical standards. The prices plotted above are not adjusted for inflation. If they were in 2014 dollars, the left side of the curve would be more elevated. …Read More
Time to Draw Down the Strategic Petroleum Reserve? – Part 2
It has been argued that there is too much crude oil in the Strategic Petroleum Reserve and that it should be drawn down. Arguments have been made that one should “tie the amount of insurance you carry to the size of the need.” By that argument, because domestic production is up and “hit record levels…Read More
Keystone XL Pipeline – Where’s the Noise?
As the author notes below, on September 5, 2012, TransCanada (NYSE: TRP), the Canadian energy company hoping to build the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, submitted its final re-routing plan to the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and the U.S. State Department. This submission represents the latest step in what has become a more than…Read More
Time To Draw Down The Strategic Petroleum Reserve?
What is the Strategic Petroleum Reserve? The Strategic Petroleum Reserve consists of a number of large underground caverns created in naturally occurring salt diapirs (domes) along the Gulf Coast of the United States. The caverns were created by drilling wells into the salt domes, dissolving the salt with water, pumping the salt water solution to…Read More