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Oil bust could spur natural gas turnaround in San Juan Basin

If Merrion and key industry analysts are correct, there might be a silver lining in the oil crash caused by the coronavirus pandemic — it could end up helping northwestern New Mexico natural gas producers and even give a lift to state revenue in a time of crisis. The potential upside: The drop in ...

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Posted 5 months agoLink > San Juan Basinnatural gasoil bust +36

Massive revenue shortfall in new state forecasts

The last time state economists released revenue forecasts, New Mexico had a massive oil boom with no end in sight. Those same economists released dire revenue projections on Wednesday, suggesting New Mexico could take in between $1.7 billion and $2.4 billion less than originally expected during t ...

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Posted 6 months agoLink > Santa FeSANTAFENewMexico +58

New Mexico watching as Texas considers limits on oil production

Laws governing oil production in New Mexico stem from the Oil and Gas Act of 1935, which, among many other things, suggests the state can impose statewide caps on oil production, as well as more explicitly allowing it to cap output at specific reservoirs or “pools” of oil to “prevent waste.” If p ...

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Posted 7 months agoLink > Dr. Daniel FineFarmington New MexicoGovernor of New Mexico +54

Pandemic rocks Permian Basin as wells, rigs idled and workers laid off

It wasn't long ago that some of the largest oil companies in the world were flocking to Lea and Eddy counties to boost oil production, open regional offices and add high-paying jobs that attracted workers from across the country to cities like Carlsbad and Hobbs. The good ol' days are goneBefore ...

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Posted 7 months agoLink > Farmington New MexicoGovernor of New MexicoNew Mexico +65

Expert Dan Fine discusses future of oil, natural gas amid low prices and the coronavirus

(Photo: Augusta Liddic/The Daily Times)AZTEC — Two tweets sent by President Donald Trump on the morning of April 2 spurred optimism for an oil industry hit hard by a flood of oil from Saudi Arabia and Russia, driving down the price. (Photo: Twitter screengrab)Fine said Russia, which has been frus ...

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Posted 7 months agoLink > NewMexicogeopoliticalGeopolitics +66

Oil and gas industry faces huge loss

BY KEVIN ROBINSON-AVILA AND DAN BOYD / ALBUQUERQUE JOURNAL STAFF WRITERS Published: Thursday, March 19th, 2020 at 5:04pm Updated: Thursday, March 19th, 2020 at 9:55pm " Copyright © 2020 Albuquerque Journal With oil prices plunging to their lowest level in 22 years, state legislators are proje ...

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Posted 8 months agoOpinion > Farmington New MexicoDelaware BasinWest Texas Delaware Basin USA +63

Oil price plunge wallops NM

With Russia and Saudi Arabia now locked in battle over which country can sustain their economies the longest as prices plummet, the Permian Basin in West Texas and southeast New Mexico is caught directly in the crossfire. In fact, in good part, the price war appears directly aimed at slowing prod ...

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Posted 8 months agoLink > Governor of New MexicoFarmington New MexicoBusiness news +48

Major slowdown expected in U.S. shale oil production

Last in a five-part series: Behind the BoomThe shale-oil tsunami that has flooded New Mexico with a wave of petro dollars in recent years may be receding somewhat as U.S. production faces its first significant decline since the gushers began nearly eight years ago. Signs of trouble are showing up ...

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Posted 11 months agoLink > Mancos ShaleColorado ShaleMarcellus Shale +51

Increasing Natural Gas Trade Between the U.S and Mexico

U.S. companies began exporting natural gas to Mexico via pipeline in 1988, and exports have increased significantly as the shale revolution in the U.S. produced affordable, abundant natural gas for consumers in the U.S., Mexico, and around the world.REF Liquefied natural gas (LNG)—which is transpo ...

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Posted 1 year agoLink > MexicoNew MexicoGovernor of New Mexico +44

Analysis: Oil market glut will lead to declining prices through 2020 by Dr. Daniel Fine

With the OPEC-Russia meeting ahead, the price of oil is at a crossroad.  President Trump wants lower prices for gasoline at the pump and the Democratic Party wants a shortage to lift prices higher. This is the 2020 presidential election, to re-elect Trump or a create a Democratic left-center White ...

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Posted 1 year agoOpinion > Pioneer Natural ResourcesOccidental PetroleumAnadarko Corporation +97

Analysis: Electric cars and the Permian: Saudi Arabia in Lea County by Dr. Daniel Fine

Some 30,000 children marched in Belgium weeks ago against Climate Change. It is only a matter of two years before a few members of Congress, alone with only cameras today, will march at the head of crowds of 500,000 down Pennsylvania Avenue. It will have its colors; green  — and yellow for the Frenc ...

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Posted 1 year agoOpinion > weekly oil newsWorld NewsElectric cars +20

Analysis: Things are flat in the Permian, and there's a push for renewables in Santa Fe by Dr. Daniel Fine

The Permian-Delaware Basin rig count should start falling as oil operators, large and small, are flat for 2019. Spending has been sharply reduced as supply now dominates the A.I. (Artificial Intelligence) used by many commodity traders in oil.    The large or integrated oil companies have all the ...

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Posted 1 year agoOpinion > Santa Felatest oil and gas newsNew Mexico +69

Reactions to Delaware Basin News Shows Misunderstanding of Petroleum Economics by Dr. Daniel Fine

News of the size of oil reserves in the Delaware Basin (New Mexico's share of the Permian) while OPEC was deciding how many barrels it will cut from the world market to lift prices caused epic confusion – and revelations of how little “authorities” and the media understand petroleum economics. The ...

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Posted 1 year agoOpinion > OPECNon-OPECNOPEC +91

Analysis: Trump and Saudi Collision on Oil, and Bingaman’s Return to Santa Fe

In an earlier column, readers overseas benefited from this writer's forecast that crude oil prices would fall dramatically because most commodity traders got it wrong. Simply, this column's analysis was the buying of oil assumed a shortage would result once the sanctions against Iran would be activ ...

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Posted 2 years agoOpinion > Senator BingamanBingamanSanta Fe +71

Dr. Daniel Fine: Trump and Oil in Trade Geopolitics

Unlike 1973, and its oil embargo against the United States, there is no supply threat from the Middle East. Consequently, only a demand unknown moves the price of crude oil. Permian/Delaware has displaced the Middle East as a source and even Mexico imports U.S. production.  This has caused euphori ...

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Posted 2 years agoOpinion > United StatesMiddle EastPermian +69