Hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling have unlocked shale deposits of oil across the U.S., and drilling efficiencies have helped boost rig yields to record volumes from the Permian to North Dakota’s Bakken play.
Perhaps the most over-hyped and misused phrase in the trading world is “paradigm shift,” yet the proliferation of U.S. energy production has created just that. And it will take the world’s energy producers and consumers a while to get used to it.
The Arctic blast that has descended on the U.S. has been impacting commodity markets in more ways than one. Volume seems lighter perhaps causing a flash crash in gold and regional spikes in natural gas prices that will soon cost consumers plenty.
Should $100 oil be forgot and never brought to mind? Oil made one last attempt to go above $100 a barrel but backed off as we end the year. It was a year that saw a surge in U.S. oil production and record natural gas production.