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U.S. energy firms descend on West Texas’ Permian Basin as oil recovers

In most U.S. shale oil regions, energy firms are making strategic but cautious bets as the price of oil holds above $50 a barrel. In the Permian Basin of West Texas, the largest U.S. oil patch, the industry poured more than $28 billion into land acquisitions last year – more than triple what they spent…

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Reputable economic study weighs benefits, costs of living near US shale hot spots

Average households in U.S. shale oil and gas drilling hot spots have experienced property value, income and other benefits that outweigh the costs of a diminished quality of life brought on by the industrial activity, economists reported in a recent study for the Social Science Research Network (SSRN). The benefits were not uniform across shale drilling regions, some…

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New U.S. pipelines to double shale gas exports to more regions in Mexico: EIA

U.S. pipeline capacity for natural gas exports to Mexico has rapidly expanded in the past few years and currently stands at 7.3 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d). This existing cross-border capacity primarily supplies the Northeast and Central regions of Mexico. New capacity projected to be completed in the next several years will help to supply…

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Eagle Ford shale takes big spending hit during the oil bust: Wood Mackenzie

Across the US, no other oil field has been hit with bigger spending cuts than the Eagle Ford formation, according to a new report by oil industry analysts Wood Mackenzie. Investments in the 26-county Eagle Ford field that is spread across South Texas plummeted by two-thirds to an estimated $10 billion this year from just…

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US shale oil well output decline rates slowing

Since the beginning of the U.S. fracking revolution, oil producers have struggled with a frustrating issue: after an initial burst, crude output from new shale wells falls much faster than from conventional wells. However, those well decline rates have been slowing across the U.S over the past few years, according to data analysis provided exclusively…

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