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1 Energy Leviathan wants to Play in the US Shale

This segment is from Tuesday's edition of 'Digging for Value', in which sector analysts Joel South and Taylor Muckerman discuss energy & materials news with host Alison Southwick. The twice-weekly show can be viewed on Tuesdays & Thursdays. It can also be found on Twitter, along with our extended coverage of the energy & materials sectors @TMFEnergy.

There's a reason why Texas is the number one oil and natural gas producing state in the Union: shale. BHP Billiton (NYSE: BHP  ) realized this in 2011, when it purchased Petrohawk from Floyd Wilson, now Founder and CEO of Halcon Resources (NYSE: HK  ) . With prime real estate in the Eagle Ford and Permian regions, BHP is prepared to dedicate 67% of its petroleum-focused budget to shale growth. It has also decided to keep shale and conventional energy units separate, much like ExxonMobil  (NYSE: XOM  ) decided to do with XTO Energy. To find out what else it is focusing on to catch up to EOG Resources (NYSE: EOG  ) , tune in to the video below.

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Taylor Muckerman

Taylor is an Associate GM in our Fool International operations. Prior to that he covered all things Energy + Materials as an analyst. Over the years, he has built an investing skill set to rely on when evaluating companies inside and out. While at the Fool, he has made appearances on CNBC and Fox Business. In addition, he completed his MBA at the University of Maryland and will sit for the Level II CFA Exam.

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