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June 2015 SEE Monthly Update -
Bakken Producers, US vs. OPEC vs. Russia, Epstein book

WTI Cride Oil Prices at Cushing

Crude oil prices. Vertical axis is $/barrel for West Texas Intermediate (WTI) oil at Cushing

The U.S. has surpassed Russia in total oil and gas production to become the world leader; however, the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) is producing oil at a high level of 31 million barrels per day (BPD), with both Saudi Arabia and Iraq overshooting their OPEC targets. On the other hand, the Energy Information Administration (EIA) predicts U.S. shale oil production will begin to decline. Whether demand will increase is still a question, but these two opposing supply factors have kept oil prices in the range of $60-$65 per barrel ($/bbl).

Oil exploration and production in North Dakota has declined as it has elsewhere in the U.S. The volatility and high vapor pressure of Bakken oil is still a concern. However as one article notes, North Dakota's economy has gone "from white hot to red hot." The pause is allowing housing and infrastructure like a regional water treatment plant expansion and a new truck reliever route to catch up. More detail on specific Bakken/Three Forks companies is featured in this month's subscriber newsletter.

Finally, for a philosopher's insight into hydrocarbon use and the moral framework that supports it, read Alex Epstein's The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels.

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