Turning Point: EIA Drilling Report Shows Slow Down in Production

turning pointIt is true that what goes up must come down? As a general rule, yes. That age-old wisdom is manifesting itself in both oil and natural gas production from shale plays. Two days ago our favorite report from our favorite government agency–the Drilling Productivity Report (DPR) from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA)–was issued. It shows something we haven’t seen before: negative numbers in some of the production columns for some of the shale plays–in both oil and natural gas. No, the Marcellus and Utica are not in the negative (they will both produce more oil and gas in April than they did in March). However, the rate of increase in production for the Marcellus and Utica, indeed all of the shale plays, is much less than it has been previously. Scaling back on new drilling will, sooner or later, affect production. We’re now seeing it in the numbers…

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