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Fri May 1, 2020, 08:53 AM

"One More Boom" Ends For Texas In The Permian Basin; 50,000 Job Losses Possible

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The Permian Basin, which stretches across Texas and New Mexico and is almost as big as Britain, accounts for one out of every three barrels of oil produced in the United States. The region has a storied history. It provided much of the oil for the American and Allied effort during World War II. In the 1970s, the basin created so many millionaires that many drank champagne out of cowboy boots and had trouble finding places to park their private planes.

That was followed by a crash, after which a popular bumper sticker appeared everywhere: “God Grant Me One More Oil Boom and I Promise Not to Screw It Up.” Another oil boom did come, as Permian production in recent years spurred a global glut, stole market share from Saudi Arabia and Russia and eventually sparked a price war this year. This boom, too, is ending.

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Now, only 26 crews are fracking in the Permian, down from 47 in March and 127 in January. “People don’t know how to react yet,” said Thomas Bruder, a senior manager at ProPetro, a major hydraulic fracturing and well cementing company. “We’re taking it day by day.”

Oil executives are desperate to save their businesses, many of which are overextended with debt. More than 10,000 workers have already been let go or furloughed in and around Midland and Odessa, the industry’s hubs in West Texas. Four times as many might ultimately lose their jobs, executives say.
“The pricing is so low we cannot possibly break even and pay our people,” said Jim Wilkes, president of Texland Petroleum, which has been in business since 1973. The company has run out of buyers for its production of 7,000 barrels a day and plans to shut off its 1,211 wells over the next few days.

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https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/01/business/energy-environment/oil-industry-texas-coronavirus.html

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Fri May 1, 2020, 09:13 AM

1. To quote Rick Perry, "oops".

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Fri May 1, 2020, 09:17 AM

2. So, every oil tank in the country is full, every oil tanker offshore is full,

and they're even asking permission to fill all the pipelines as a last resort.

Being overextended with debt is the modern way to run a business. Pay out all the money to the executives and shareholders, because taxes are too low, and whine when a downturn shuts off the profits, all the while grinning all the way to the bank.

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Fri May 1, 2020, 10:14 AM

3. You know what's really kind of funny?

they did great under Obama and they hated him. For the most part the Permian Basin worships Trump and don't you worry you're little ole head about them.. their daddy will bail them out and they know it.

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Fri May 1, 2020, 10:50 AM

4. Ok that's the take on oil

What about Natgas? Natgas shares many of the same methods - lots fracked wells, short life span, high debt ratios and low prices. A lot of companies that have lost value over the last 10 years.

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