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Economics

Hurricane Harvey Takes Aim at U.S. Refining Sector

Harvey’s effects on the nation’s energy infrastructure are wide-ranging, forcing a large swath of refining capacity to shut. Read More

Economics

What Does China's Status as Largest Oil Importer Mean for U.S. Interests?

From changing the dollarized oil market to relationships with major Middle East producers, China's growing clout in the oil trade has manifold impacts for American interests. Read More

Economics

Energy Economist Ed Hirs on U.S.’ Oil Dependence, the State of Shale, & Reliance on OPEC

Ed Hirs, an energy economist from the University of Houston, talks to The Fuse about the dangers of oil supply disruptions and OPEC's impact on shale. Read More

Economics

Small Firms Bypass Shale for Older Conventional Oil Fields

Some producers are turning more toward conventional plays, in particular older oil fields that can be tapped with new technology and provide quicker paybacks and more predictable long-term returns. Read More

Economics

Crosspost: Mexico’s Energy Reforms Bear Fruit at Last

While the Mexican government has drastically overhauled the oil sector to allow foreign investment, recent news of enormous offshore discoveries are, to date, the largest and most significant manifestations of those reforms. Read More

Economics

When Will Oil Prices Break Out of This Narrow Range?

The current stability is relatively rare for the oil market, which is prone to rampant volatility for numerous reasons. When the market eventually breaks out, it could do so aggressively. Read More

Economics

Energy Economist Ed Hirs on U.S.’ Oil Dependence, the State of Shale, & Reliance on OPEC

Ed Hirs, an energy economist from the University of Houston, talks to The Fuse about the dangers of oil supply disruptions and OPEC's impact on shale. Read More

Economics

Small Firms Bypass Shale for Older Conventional Oil Fields

Some producers are turning more toward conventional plays, in particular older oil fields that can be tapped with new technology and provide quicker paybacks and more predictable long-term returns. Read More

Economics

When Will Oil Prices Break Out of This Narrow Range?

The current stability is relatively rare for the oil market, which is prone to rampant volatility for numerous reasons. When the market eventually breaks out, it could do so aggressively. Read More

Economics

Shale Industry Suffering From Unexpected Operational Problems

The potential acceleration of decline rates at some shale wells is an ominous sign that the drilling bonanza in West Texas should not be taken for granted. Read More

Economics

Earnings Show Small Cracks in U.S. Oil Industry

Independent producers are struggling to hit output targets at current price levels while the majors are focusing on becoming more efficient. Read More

Economics

Shale Industry on the Verge of a Slowdown as Companies Cut Capex

Despite strong gains in shale production in 2017, the rebound does not necessarily mean the industry is healthy. A new report finds that even some of the largest shale players won’t be cash flow positive until 2020. Read More