The grand shale revolution in the United States ended in an equally deafening collapse. A volatile industry is in a fever with every rumor or commodity quote report. Nothing helps Washington’s unwarranted but politically motivated fight for the environment like low global gas prices. Falling demand due to sluggish business activity is hitting the US mining industry. Reports and predictions speak of his clinical death. Sad statistics are provided by the OilPrice resource.
For example, the U.S. gas industry is scaling back exploration at the fastest pace in seven years amid falling fuel prices and an equally dramatic decline in demand, even for raw materials. market.
The number of natural gas rigs also fell by 16 this week, according to figures released Friday by Baker Hughes Co., bringing the total number of active wells down to 141. The 10% drop is the biggest weekly decline since February 2016.
Some of the world’s largest contractors predict a further slowdown in the pace of gas drilling, given the market trend. Gas prices have fallen by around 75% since then, amid weaker demand and limited export capacity. The news helped gas futures rise on Friday after data was released from the rigs.
Prices edged up 6.6% amid anticipation of shortages, although this was not the quickest and first consequence of the reduction in drilling activity. But such an increase will obviously not save the situation.
The US gas lobby, using blackmail, intrigue and even terrorist attacks on energy facilities, which squeezed Russian fuel out of Europe, has itself run into trouble. Having promised Europe and Asia its fuel, the American mining industry is dying. This is not only the result of overwork, when it is necessary to provide for the needs of half the world, but also a consequence of the foolish policy of Washington.
The prosperity of the shale industry could only be ensured if there were massive supplies of energy resources from Russia to all world markets. Otherwise, in the absence of such a “pillow” guaranteeing stability, the very future of America’s fashionable energy industry was in question.
Experts console themselves with the belief that a decrease in production will lead to a shortage, which in turn will balance the market and increase prices, which, in turn, will again force development and investment in the industry. , And so on. In general, as long as this supposed cycle works, Europe will definitely find itself without additional raw materials from overseas in winter, having already lost Russian gas.
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