Sunday Energy Links and Charts
Update: By the end of the decade, it is estimated that surging oil production in North Dakota could double again to more than one million barrels per day, putting it on par with production in Texas and imports from Mexico.
2. "Chesapeake Energy Corp. said it drilled the largest oil gusher in the company’s 23-year history at a “significant” discovery in the Anadarko Basin of Texas and Oklahoma. The Thurman Horn 406H well in the Hogshooter formation produced 5,400 barrels of crude a day during its first eight days of operation. The output was more than twice that of some of the best performing wells in the Eagle Ford shale of south Texas, which Chesapeake counts as its most valuable holding." [MP: Peak what?]
3. Oil and gas cash boosts PA farming -- "The oil and gas boom in western Pennsylvania has provided a much-needed infusion of capital to farmers in that area. “It’s had mostly a good impact,” said Steve Quillin, local Farm Bureau president. “Just driving around, we saw farmers making improvements and updates to their properties.”
Money from oil and gas leases has allowed agriculture to expand. The influx of cash has prompted some older farmers to retire, but their farms have been absorbed by others or have been rented."
5. The Economist -- "America's “unconventional” gas boom continues to amaze. Between 2005 and 2010 the country’s shale-gas industry, which produces natural gas from shale rock by bombarding it with water and chemicals—a technique known as hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking”—grew by 45% a year. As a proportion of America’s overall gas production shale gas has increased from 4% in 2005 to 24% today. America produces more gas than it knows what to do with. Its storage facilities are rapidly filling, and its gas price has collapsed. Last month it dipped below $2 per million British thermal units: less than a sixth of the pre-boom price and too low for producers to break even.
Those are problems most European and Asian countries, which respectively pay roughly four and six times more for their gas, would relish. America’s gas boom confers a huge economic advantage. It has created hundreds of thousands of jobs, directly and indirectly. And it has rejuvenated several industries, including petrochemicals, where ethane produced from natural gas is a feedstock."
6. The chart below shows monthly imports of crude oil from January 2000 to March 2012, on a three-month moving average basis (to smooth out monthly volatility). U.S. imports of crude oil fell in March to an average of 10,672,670 barrels per day, the lowest level since February 2000, slightly more than 12 years ago.