Lucian Pugliaresi penned an Op Ed in The Hill on the pending legal action by local California governments claiming that U.S. oil companies have created a nuisance by knowingly causing harm to the future of human life and property. He points out that missing from the list of defendants is the federal government which had an active and aggressive program, spanning Democrat and Republican, to promote and expand domestic oil and gas production. A copy of the Op Ed can be found here.
EPRINC is happy to welcome Emily Medina as a non-resident fellow at EPRINC as we expand our research and outreach programs on U.S.-Mexican energy developments. Born and raised in Mexico, she has experience working with both the private and public sectors on important energy matters. More on Emily’s experience can be found here.
EPRINC trustee Ben Montalbano and non-Resident Fellow Trisha Curtis, both co-founders of PetroNerds, have just completed an assessment of oil hedging positions of 25 major oil producers in the Permian Basin. Hedging is a valuable tool for distributing risk and allowing producers to protect revenue streams from price volatility. Hedges protect producers revenues when oil prices fall, but also limit gains when prices rise. In addition, when oil prices rise it may limit the supply response if a large volume of unconventional production is hedged. Ben and Trisha’s assessment shows the percent of total production that producers hedge varies, but heading into Q1of 2018 producers hedged about 20% of total output. A copy of their assessment can be found here.
On April 19, 2018, the Energy Policy Research Foundation Inc. held a workshop at the Willard Hotel on the on the scale and prospective growth of the North American natural gas production platform. The workshop participants provided essential foundation information and analysis to expand our understanding of the role of U.S. natural gas as a supply source to meet both domestic requirements and to serve export markets. As EPRINC begins the second year of our joint project with the Institute of Energy Economics Japan (IEEJ) on the “Future of Asian LNG,” the findings from the workshop will expand our knowledge base on the potential for U.S. natural gas to serve the growing Asian market.
The workshop participants addressed four themes; (i) the size and productive capacity of the North American natural gas resource base, (ii) regulatory constraints on moving natural gas to domestic and export markets, (iii) demand risks, and (iv) potential consequences to the cost structure of U.S. oil and gas production from ongoing trade disputes. More importantly, the workshop brought together a broad cross section of the Washington energy community and provided an informed discussion of the opportunities and challenges on the future of the natural gas resource base.
The workshop benefitted from an excellent and well-experienced group of analysts, industry experts and policy makers. Although the discussion was off the record, all the presenters agreed to permit EPRINC to post their presentations and these can be found here.
Photos from the event can be found here.