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Cuts Not Enough

Writing in “Rigzone”, author Delia Morris contends that the extension of OPEC cuts of 1.8 million barrels of oil per day (bopd) is not deep enough to reduce the global glut and raise prices this year or next. Morris also cites weak demand, and consequently high inventories, of gasoline in the U. S. as a… Read More

Gas Supply Surge

Increased use of natural gas for power generation, pipeline sales to Mexico, and LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas) exports have all helped firm up natural gas prices. Investors responded by increasing drilling for gas and adding pipeline capacity in the Marcellus shale of Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia, thereby increasing supply.  Meanwhile, the oil boom in… Read More


Independent oil and gas producers were some of Donald Trump’s most ardent supporters during the 2016 presidential election. Legendary oil investor, T. Boone Pickens, was a key fundraiser and Harold Hamm, CEO of Continental Resources, served as energy advisor.  Now, “World Oil” reports that Trump’s recent budget proposal would cut over half the funding to… Read More

Powder River Revival

The energy industry is nothing new to the Powder River Basin, but until recently coal had been the major producer in this remote corner of Northeast Wyoming. However, falling coal prices, low break even points, and high acreage costs in premier plays, are all driving oil and gas operators to the area.   While mineral rights… Read More

Life Beyond the Permian

The theory is that when there is a limited supply and an ever-increasing demand, prices will increase as well. However, once prices reach a sufficiently high level, consumers begin looking for substitutes and competing products.  This certainly appears to be the case with mineral rights in the Permian Basin of West Texas and New Mexico. … Read More