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Mar 10, 2015

OPEC is winning its battle with U.S. shale: Kemp

LONDON, March 10 (Reuters) – U.S. shale producers are
falling behind in the Red Queen’s Race as the downturn in
drilling means that new oil production is failing offset falling
output from existing wells.

The famous race is named after the scene from Lewis
Carroll’s novel “Through the Looking-Glass”, in which the Red
Queen warns Alice: “It takes all the running you can do, to keep
in the same place. If you want to get somewhere else, you must
run twice as fast.”

Mar 9, 2015

Oil train fires reveal problematic safety culture: Kemp

LONDON, March 9 (Reuters) – Two more serious derailments and
fires involving trains carrying crude oil in the past week
confirm there is a serious problem with the safety culture on
North American railroads.

The latest fiery derailments occurred in northern Illinois
involving a train operated by BNSF and northern Ontario
involving a train operated by Canadian National Railway.

Mar 4, 2015

Lessons for U.S. oil production from the gas industry: Kemp

NEW YORK, March 4 (Reuters) – The United States produced a
record 25.7 trillion cubic feet of natural gas in 2014 according
to preliminary estimates published by the Energy Information
Administration (EIA) on Feb 27.

Gas production has risen 27 percent since 2008 even though
the number of rigs employed drilling for gas has declined by
more than 80 percent over the same period (

Mar 2, 2015

U.S. shale producers get no relief from rising Brent: Kemp

LONDON (Reuters) – More than ever before, U.S. shale producers are becoming the victims of outdated restrictions on the export of crude oil from the United States.

Export controls have ensured the most oversupplied part of the global oil market is at home in the United States.

Feb 27, 2015

Canadian crude proves perfect partner to U.S. shale: Kemp

LONDON, Feb 27 (Reuters) – U.S. refineries are processing
record quantities of heavy crude from Canada as the perfect
complement to light oils from North Dakota and Texas as they
struggle to keep their average blend steady.

Crudes vary enormously – from low-density oils with few
impurities to much denser oils containing a relatively high
percentage of sulphur and heavy metals such as nickel and

Feb 25, 2015

Bakken oil drillers retreat to the core: Kemp

LONDON, Feb 25 (Reuters) – North Dakota’s oil producers have
pulled back to the core areas of the Bakken formation to cut
costs and maximise output amid the slump in prices.

The number of active rigs in the state has fallen to just
121, from 190 a year ago, according to an active rig list
published by the state’s Department of Mineral Resources (DMR)
on Wednesday. (here)

Feb 25, 2015

Keystone shows environmental review process is broken: Kemp

LONDON, Feb 25 (Reuters) – “Because this act of Congress
conflicts with established executive branch procedures and cuts
short thorough consideration of issues that could bear on our
national interest – including our security, safety and
environment – it has earned my veto.”

With those words, the president returned the Keystone
pipeline authorization act (S.1) to the Senate unsigned, and
challenged lawmakers to find the two-thirds majorities in both
houses needed to enact the law without his approval, something
that remains unlikely.

Feb 23, 2015

Oil-by-rail shipments are playing Russian roulette: Kemp

LONDON, Feb 23 (Reuters) – Train derailments involving crude
oil and ethanol in the United States will cost more than $18
billion over the next 20 years, according to an assessment by
the U.S. Department of Transportation.

USDOT forecasts there will be just over 200 derailments
involving trains carrying 20 or more tank cars of crude or
ethanol between 2015 and 2034, an average of more than 10 per
year, based on analysis of previous accidents and predicted
growth in traffic volumes.

Feb 20, 2015

Shale producers postpone oil well completions: Kemp

LONDON, Feb 20 (Reuters) – EOG Resources became the
latest major shale producer to state that it would “delay a
significant number of completions” when it announced
fourth-quarter results.

The company plans to end 2015 with 285 wells awaiting
completion services, up from 200 at the end of 2014, it told
investors during an earnings call on Thursday.

Feb 20, 2015

Texas tax collections point to surging fuel demand: Kemp

LONDON (Reuters) – Consumption of gasoline and diesel in Texas is growing faster than at any time since the financial crisis, as an improving economy and lower fuel prices encourage more use of cars and trucks on the state’s roads.

Receipts of motor fuel taxes in January 2015 were 9 percent higher than the same month in 2014, according to the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts.

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      "John joined Reuters in 2008 as one of its first financial columnists, specialising in commodities and energy. While his main focus is on oil markets, he has written broadly on the emergence of commodities as an asset class, regulatory issues and macroeconomic themes. Before joining Reuters, John spent seven years as a senior analyst for Sempra Commodities (now part of JP Morgan) covering base metals and crude oil. Previously, he worked as an analyst on world trade, banking and financial regulation for consultancy Oxford Analytica."
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