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U.S. Rig Decline Said Near Bottom, with ‘Slow, Methodical Recovery’ to Year’s End

U.S. Rig Decline Said Near Bottom, with ‘Slow, Methodical Recovery’ to Year’s End

The decline in the U.S. oil and natural gas rig count may be close to a bottom, and the current commodity strip could allow activity to grind higher, according to Raymond James & Associates Inc. Analysts Praveen Narra and Kirk Presley Sr. in a note to clients said most of the pain of the downturn…

July 14, 2020
Dearth of Lower 48 Well Completions Sends Hi-Crush into Bankruptcy

Dearth of Lower 48 Well Completions Sends Hi-Crush into Bankruptcy

Houston-based Hi-Crush Inc., one of the leading Lower 48 northern white sand providers, is seeking voluntary bankruptcy protection under Chapter 11 to reduce its debt. The operator filed for protection on Sunday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas, noting it has a prearranged restructuring support agreement with creditors. The agreement, if…

July 14, 2020
Oil, Natural Gas Production Slide to Continue Next Month in Key Lower 48 Unconventional Plays

Oil, Natural Gas Production Slide to Continue Next Month in Key Lower 48 Unconventional Plays

Deflating oil and natural gas production from seven of the most prolific U.S. onshore unconventional plays is expected to continue in August, according to the Energy Information Administration (EIA).  Total oil production from the Anadarko, Appalachian and Permian basins, and the Bakken, Eagle Ford, Haynesville and Niobrara formations is expected to decline to 7.49 million…

July 13, 2020
Midcontinent Oil, Gas Execs Looking for Higher Prices to Boost Activity as Covid-19 Takes Toll

Midcontinent Oil, Gas Execs Looking for Higher Prices to Boost Activity as Covid-19 Takes Toll

Oil and natural gas operators that work through the midsection of the country faced dire activity levels during the second quarter and don’t expect much of an uptick through the rest of the year. The Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, aka the Kansas City Fed, every quarter traces energy activity in the Tenth District,…

July 13, 2020
North Dakota Rejects Bakken Oil, Gas Production Quotas

North Dakota Rejects Bakken Oil, Gas Production Quotas

The three-member North Dakota Industrial Commission headed by Gov. Doug Burgum has unanimously voted not to impose oil and natural gas production cuts, citing similar moves by Texas and Oklahoma. The commission, which also includes the state’s attorney general and agricultural commissioner, said producers were doing a good job reacting to the double whammy of…

July 13, 2020
Covid Resurgence ‘Casting Shadow’ Over Oil Market Recovery

Covid Resurgence ‘Casting Shadow’ Over Oil Market Recovery

Although economic activity and oil demand are recovering from the first wave of Covid-19, a resurgence of the pandemic in regions such as North and South America “is casting a shadow over the outlook” for the oil market, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said Friday. “Only time will tell if the economic impact will be…

July 10, 2020
North American E&P Bankruptcies Rising as Second Wave of Covid-19 Threatens ‘Very Painful’ Rest of 2020

North American E&P Bankruptcies Rising as Second Wave of Covid-19 Threatens ‘Very Painful’ Rest of 2020

The number of North American exploration and production (E&P) companies seeking bankruptcy protection continues to rise, with 23 operators filing since the start of the year, according to Haynes and Boone LLP. This is four more than what the law firm reported last month, and included former heavyweight Chesapeake Energy Corp. and Permian pure-play Lillis…

July 10, 2020
Below-Average Storage Injection Fails to Lift August Natural Gas Futures

Below-Average Storage Injection Fails to Lift August Natural Gas Futures

A slightly bullish storage print and ongoing expectations for strong cooling demand proved too little to offset skepticism about excess supply, export weakness and ongoing fallout from the coronavirus pandemic. The August Nymex contract lost 4.5 cents day/day and settled at $1.779/MMBtu on Thursday. September fell 5.5 cents to $1.821. Boosted by waves of summer…

July 9, 2020
OPEC Leader Says U.S. Vital to Ensuring Post-Covid Oil Market Balance

OPEC Leader Says U.S. Vital to Ensuring Post-Covid Oil Market Balance

U.S. producers have played a critically important role in rebalancing the global oil market after Covid-19 and will continue to do so going forward, according to Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) Secretary General Mohammad Sanusi Barkindo. Although tensions have long simmered between the Saudi-led cartel and the Lower 48 onshore segment, “there is…

July 9, 2020
Nearly In-Line Storage Injection a Drag on August Natural Gas Futures

Nearly In-Line Storage Injection a Drag on August Natural Gas Futures

The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) reported an injection of 56 Bcf into natural gas storage for the week ending July 3, coming in slightly below average estimates and nudging Nymex natural gas futures lower.  Analysts said the latest injection signals that demand, boosted by scorching summer heat that is driving energy use for cooling,…

July 9, 2020