If We Are in an Oil Boom, Then Where Are All the Rigs?

This shouldn't make sense. Oil production in the U.S. is growing very rapidly, but the number of rigs in use is on a steady decline. Was this shale oil and gas thing just a flash in the pan? Not quite. Thanks to better technology and smarter drilling techniques, exploration and production companies are learning how to do more with less. 

Not only does this bode well for future of exploration and production, but it also makes us change the way that we measure the industry as well. Rather than focusing on tried and true measures like rig count, new metrics may give us a more accurate way of looking at the shale drilling phenomenon. Tune into the video below where contributors Tyler Crowe and Aimee Duffy take a look at some of the new ways to look at the industry.

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  • Report this Comment On July 01, 2013, at 4:33 PM, grahamsway wrote:

    Excellent presentation.

    The problem with pad drilling is that all it really does is deplete the find much quicker. It seems sort of like the difference between one person drinking a milk shake with one straw and five drinking the same shake with five straws.

    The real tell with shale is going to be life. It was a bit unnerving how the e&p's end up always moving to the next place after getting the easy stuff, the use of pads doesn't exactly reduce that anxiety. I'm really watching production out of the Bakken closely, I think that'll be a good barometer as to what kind of legs fracking has.

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