US Energy Secretary Tells Market Shale Oil Industry Will Recover

Despite the ongoing weekly closures of U.S. oil rigs, spending cuts and the cancellation of drilling projects in the U.S. shale oil industry amid slumping oil prices, the U.S. energy secretary told CNBC that the country’s oil production will recover.

“Oil production in the U.S. has not dramatically dropped, it has gone down a little bit but it’s up by four million barrels a day from a few years ago,” U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz told CNBC.

“Our Energy Information Administration (EIA) expects that the average production this year will still be above 9 million barrels a day so the drop-off is not viewed as precipitous. Presumably, the expectations are over time that we’ll see a slow reversal of that drop-off and that production will be restored.”

“We are certainly not resource limited,” Monez added, noting as well that the country’s natural gas production was continuing to rise despite lower gas prices. He said the country’s first liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports would come onto the market early next year.

via CNBC

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Alfonso Esparza

Alfonso Esparza

Senior Currency Analyst at Market Pulse
Alfonso Esparza specializes in macro forex strategies for North American and major currency pairs. Upon joining OANDA in 2007, Alfonso Esparza established the MarketPulseFX blog and he has since written extensively about central banks and global economic and political trends. Alfonso has also worked as a professional currency trader focused on North America and emerging markets. He has been published by The MarketWatch, Reuters, the Wall Street Journal and The Globe and Mail, and he also appears regularly as a guest commentator on networks including Bloomberg and BNN. He holds a finance degree from the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESM) and an MBA with a specialization on financial engineering and marketing from the University of Toronto.
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