Shale plays, like the Eagle Ford, are contributing to U.S. production growth that has pushed imports of foreign oil below 50%. That’s down from more than 60% just 5 years ago. While hydraulic fracturing is highly debated, its use combined with horizontal drilling has shifted the U.S. from a position of a majority consumer to a producer who supplies most of its oil needs. We’re a long way from producing enough oil for the country, but at least we have a bargaining chip at the table.
We can produce more oil and have untapped reserves in the ground. If you have a couple of minutes, this is a pretty good article from the LA Times. [Read more…]