US shale output is expected to grow by 82,000 barrels per day to 6.12 million barrels per day in November, marking the 11th consecutive month of shale production increases, according to the Energy Information Administration. The Permian will account for 50,000 of the additional barrels, while output from the Bakken Shale and the Eagle Ford is set to rise by 7,600 barrels per day and 2,500 barrels per day, respectively.
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The Ohio Department of Natural Resources issued 48 drilling permits in the Utica Shale in September, up from 32 in August and a 78% increase from September 2016. Natural gas production in the Utica is expected to climb to 4.88 billion cubic feet per day in September, according to the Energy Information Administration.
Pennsylvania-based frac sand miner Preferred Sands has acquired over 4,000 acres in Texas' Atascosa and Bexar counties, where it plans to start construction on a sand mine by the end of the year. The mine will serve drillers in the Eagle Ford Shale play.
Concerns that Permian Basin oil production won't grow fast enough to fill the new pipeline space becoming available in Texas have prompted operators of the roughly 20 new pipelines planned for the region to sell stakes in the projects and start chasing supply deals. If all of these projects come online, the Permian's pipeline capacity would more than double from 2.4 million barrels per day now, whereas current production volumes hover around 2.6 million barrels of oil per day.
The total number of US rigs dropped by eight to 928 last week, with drillers idling five oil rigs, two natural-gas rigs and one miscellaneous rig, according to Baker Hughes. Texas' rig count fell by four, while Oklahoma lost three rigs and California shed two units.
Since entering service four months ago, the Dakota Access Pipeline has reduced break-even costs for Bakken Shale producers from $55 per barrel to $52 per barrel, according BTU Analytics analyst Erika Coombs. However, the boost is too small to allow the Bakken to compete with shale plays such as Texas' Permian Basin and Colorado's Denver-Julesburg Basin, where breakevens average $46 per barrel and $41 per barrel, respectively.
The American Petroleum Institute and the Colorado Oil & Gas Association last week filed a lawsuit challenging new drilling regulations adopted by the city of Thornton, Colo. The oil industry groups questioned the legality of the rules, arguing that the City Council overstepped its authority when it set drilling rules that are stricter than state law stipulates.
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