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Fracking is turning the US into a bigger oil producer than Saudi Arabia

So rapid has been the change in its energy fortunes that even some experts, as well as policy-makers in Washington, are struggling to keep up. Nor are we just talking oil. So much natural gas is being released by the shale also that for now outlandish quantities of it are simply being burned off into the atmosphere.

Even predicting future oil output isn't the precise science you'd expect. "We keep raising our forecasts, and we keep underestimating production," Lejla Alic, an analyst with the International Energy Agency noted recently. Last year US production reached 7.4 million barrels a day, an increase over 2012 of 15.3 per cent. A jump that large hasn't been seen since 1951. This year the US should produce 8.3 million barrels a day.

Take another indicator – the volumes of crude being moved by trains, often a mile long, from the shale fields to refineries and terminals. In all of 2008, train companies moved 9,500 wagons of the black stuff. Last year, 400,000 of them rumbled across America. How long America's shale boom will last is hard to forecast also. In Texas, which on its own is set to increase production to 4 million barrels a day this year, the drilling peak still hasn't been reached, says Mr Gallegos...

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The Wolfcamp Shale Could Be A Goldmine

MIDLAND - New information says the Wolfcamp Shale, which also overlaps the Cline Shale, could be the second biggest oilfield in the world. It's estimated that there are 50 billion barrels of oil in the Wolfcamp Shale just waiting to be drilled for. If you figure the price of oil at $100 dollars per barrel, that comes to $5 trillion....

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Exxon: More 'Major' Moves In The Permian Basin Shale Oil Play

In the latest news in the Permian Basin, supermajor Exxon Mobil (XOM) has inked a deal with Endeavor Energy Resources to access the Permian's shale oil action. Exxon has been viewed as being late to the shale oil boom, with a primary focus on shale gas. But there seems to be a slight rebalancing occurring. American Energy Partners, the new Aubrey McClendon start up, will "access" 30,000 Utica acres from XTO, Exxon's unconventionals subsidiary. Exxon will roll those proceeds over for development of the Permian acres...

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OPEC Says Will Lose Oil Market Share To Shale, Rivals

LONDON/VIENNA, Nov 7 (Reuters) - OPEC could lose almost 8 percent of its oil market share in the next five years as the shale energy boom and other competing sources boost rival supply, offering the exporter group little benefit from rising world demand. The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries has been slower than some to acknowledge the impact that hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is having on supply. Earlier this year, it decided to carry out its own research into shale oil. In its annual World Oil Outlook, OPEC said it expected global demand for its crude oil to average 29.2 million barrels per day (bpd) in 2018, down 1.1 million bpd from 2013, because of increasing supply outside the 12-member group...

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Gusher In Pecos County Expands Bounds Of Horizontal Wolfcamp To South

A single horizontal well has expanded the reach of the Wolfcamp play in Texas, according to Wells Fargo Securities. The well is located in Pecos County, and "significantly expands the play's reach to the south/east of where recent horizontal activity has been focused," according to a release from Wells Fargo. The rest of the release is below:

"The well, drilled by private operator PT Petroleum, tested at 1,322BOE per day (95% oil), a very impressive rate that compares favorably to some of the best wells we've seen to date in the southern Delaware Basin. We estimate that the well is at least 40 miles east of current horizontal activity in southeast Reeves County, where operators are primarily targeting the upper Wolfcamp. EOG, WLL, FST, CXO, and XOM (XTO) all have acreage in mid- to central Pecos County, but the real winner appears to be KWK, with ~58,000 net acres located just west of where well was drilled in what the company refers to as Leon Valley. For those looking to pick out the well on a map, it was drilled 10 miles SW of Fort Stockton, according to the RRC filing."

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The 2nd Largest Oil Discovery in the History of the World

I don't know if anything you've read or heard about the current American energy boom is even half-way accurate. I'm certain you've heard of the "American Energy Renaissance" - or seen headlines about new oil discoveries in places like the Bakken and Marcellus shale formations. For most of the past decade, it's been tough to ignore the hype, hysteria and misleading information out there. But the truth about soaring oil and gas production hasn't been explained or investigated in very much depth by most of the mainstream press and media....

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Saudi Billionaire Prince: Fracking Competitively Threatens 'Any Oil Producing Country in the World'

( – Saudi Arabia's Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal, a billionaire businessman and nephew of Saudi King Abdullah, said the production of shale oil and natural gas in the United States and other countries, primarily done through fracking, is a real competitive threat to "any oil-producing country in the world," adding that Saudi Arabia must address the issue because it is a "matter of survival." New shale oil discoveries "are threats to any oil-producing country in the world," said Prince Alwaleed in an interview with The Globe and Mail. "It is a pivot moment for any oil-producing country that has not diversified. Ninety-two percent of Saudi Arabia's annual budget comes from oil. Definitely it is a worry and a concern." Alwaleed also commented that many Saudi leaders did not comprehend the threat posed by oil and natural gas production from shale. However, he said he would use his influence to keep pressing the issue.....

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Companies Expect to be in the Permian for Decades

Though the historic basin was in decline a decade ago, new recovery techniques have given it new life. Experts say it holds more recoverable oil and gas than everything it produced over the last 90 years, according to the Texas Railroad Commission. The basin is now the most productive onshore field in the country, pumping more than 1.3 million barrels per day. It has helped doubled output over the last few years in Texas, which is pumping 35 percent of the nation's oil as the United States becomes the world's top crude producer, according to the Energy Information Agency. The Permian is different from other oil producing rock formations like the Bakken in North Dakota because it is made up of many different layers of rock, most of which are oil bearing....

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U.S. oil production outlook hiked to near record high -EIA

U.S. crude oil production will surge faster than expected to a near historic high by 2016, according to the Energy Information Administration (EIA), which sharply raised its annual output forecasts on Monday due to the breakneck speed of shale oil development....

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EIA: Texas Crude Oil Production Hits Monthly Record

Texas produced oil at a record rate, according to data by the Energy Information Administration (EIA). Daily crude oil production in the Lone Star State for the month averaged 2.7 million barrels of oil, the highest figure since the EIA began tracking monthly figures in 1981....

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Pioneer Drills Monster Well in the Cline Shale

Pioneer Natural Resources (PXD), soared today on news of record exploratory results in the Permian Basin, rising to as high as $225.88 in after-hours trading, before dropping back to $215....

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US oil production outstrips imports for first time in decades

US crude oil production overtook imports for the first time in 18 years in October, according to US government data, marking a milestone in the US march to self-sufficiency in energy....

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Shale explorers outperforming international oil titans

Oil explorers focused on high-margin shale drilling from Texas to North Dakota are set to outperform Big Oil this year...

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Texas pumping more oil than some OPEC countries

We all know oil production in Texas has soared in recent years. But putting the rise in graphic form shows just how phenomenal the energy turnaround has been: The surge looks exponential....

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U.S. to become world's top oil producer

The International Energy Agency is forecasting that the U.S. -- not Saudi Arabia, not Russia -- will become the biggest oil producer in the world by around 2020 in a new report out this morning. By 2030, the agency expects the U.S. will be a net exporter of oil...

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