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Sat Oct 19, 2019, 03:58 PM

Peak Shale: How U.S. oil output went from explosive to sluggish

Americaís shale boom got the world accustomed to soaring production. Now growth has slowed, and a cloud has formed over the industry.

Hydraulic fracturing pushed the U.S. closer to its long-sought goal of energy independence at a time of unprecedented geopolitical risk. Wells from Texasís Permian Basin to the Bakken in North Dakota turned farmers and ranchers into overnight millionaires. Drivers enjoyed cheap gasoline, decent-paying jobs sprung up in small towns and new technology attracted investment from all corners of the world, keeping drillers busy.

Itís true that the end of the boom has been foretold before. For years, the good times came with the warning that a litany of financial and engineering issues would doom the revolution. Such naysaying was proven wrong again and again by the industryís resilience. Producers were able to borrow cheaply, fine-tune operations and trim costs along their supply chains.

But the tea leaves look different this year. Money isnít as plentiful for an industry that in the past decade burned through nearly $200 billion. Investors are restless. Returns havenít matched rocketing production, with the S&P 500 Oil & Gas Exploration Index losing 21 percent in the past 10 years, compared with a 177 percent rise in the wider market.

Read more: https://www.mrt.com/business/oil/article/Peak-Shale-How-U-S-oil-output-went-from-14535375.php
(Midland Reporter-Telegram)

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Sat Oct 19, 2019, 04:40 PM

1. Without looking at the article, I think we have been trying to pull out of foreign dependence while

trying to reconcile a gaol to protect our environment. It's a threading of the needle which relies upon a concurrent development of renewable sources.

That strategy has been sabotaged by this administration. It's all gangbusters production versus any kind of conservation/efficiency/renewable balance.

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Sat Oct 19, 2019, 05:20 PM

2. Fracking has also contributed significantly to fucking the environment

the rise in atmospheric methane over the past decade is all from fracking and it's probably what's driving climate change to accelerate to where we're seeing things happening now that most models didn't expect until 2090 or so.

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