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David Messler

Contributor since: 05 Mar 2018

David Messler

Mr. Messler is an oilfield veteran, recently retired from a major service company. During his thirty-eight year career he worked on six-continents in field and office assignments. He currently maintains an independent training and consulting practice, and writes on energy related topics.

Latest articles from David

  • The Real Reason Gasoline And Diesel Prices Are So High

    Published 16 May 2022 | viewed 1,493 times

    Oil prices are a common topic of conversation around the office water cooler these days. As you might expect, perspective matters. The folks at the…

  • The U.S. Shale Patch Is Facing A Plethora Of Problems

    Published 02 May 2022 | viewed 33,077 times

    There is a fairly blithe assumption in government circles that shale production can be raised at will. That assumption is about to be put to…

  • Which Oil Giant Stands To Lose The Most In The Exodus From Russia?

    Published 12 April 2022 | viewed 8,105 times

    Executing a plan some eight years in the making, Russia invaded Ukraine at the end of February 2022. So savage, and indiscriminate was this attack…

  • Why A Windfall Profit Tax Would Be A Disaster For U.S. Oil

    Published 14 March 2022 | viewed 17,653 times

    The Biden administration has made no secret of their disdain for traditional energy sources that derive from petroleum sources, favoring instead, so-called “green energy” alternatives.…

  • Some Much Needed Substance On The Russian Oil Debate

    Published 09 March 2022 | viewed 21,946 times

    Events occur in the energy market almost too fast to properly catalog these days. The torrent of information is cacophonous as one dire prediction for…

  • Why Aren’t Wind Stocks Soaring?

    Published 23 February 2022 | viewed 9,995 times

    Offshore wind farms are proliferating around the world in pursuit of the shift to clean energy. Viewed almost as perpetual motion machines, virtually every country…

  • Could This Be The Last Great American Oil Boom?

    Published 08 February 2022 | viewed 14,430 times

    Recently, ExxonMobil, (NYSE:XOM), and Chevron, (NYSE:CVX) announced their intention to sharply ramp up production in their shale output by about 25% this year. The companies…

  • Four Stocks To Watch As U.S. Shale Production Struggles

    Published 19 January 2022 | viewed 19,214 times

    The signs are emerging that the era of cheap and widely available energy is drawing to a close. Around the world, people are discovering that…

  • This Oilfield Service Company Is Pivoting To Battery Tech

    Published 03 January 2022 | viewed 4,778 times

    The decline of the oilfield service sector (OFS) due to reduced activity in the past few years have required companies participating in this space to…

  • A Shale Comeback Could Be On The Cards In 2022

    Published 14 December 2021 | viewed 9,328 times

    WTI and Brent proved how closely tied oil prices are  to perceptions about the economic recovery over the last couple of weeks. For a time…

  • Could An Energy Crunch Lead To A Worldwide Financial Crisis?

    Published 16 November 2021 | viewed 15,435 times

    There is a case that can be made that the present day liquidity profile and reduced capital investment in upstream sources for new supplies of…

  • Why U.S. Shale Won’t Go To War With OPEC+

    Published 08 November 2021 | viewed 13,569 times

    For years, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s economy has suffered from low oil prices. Since 2014 when it increased supplies to try and break American…

  • What A Global Energy Crisis Means For North American Stocks

    Published 14 October 2021 | viewed 13,753 times

    Let’s imagine that a few years ago in early 2014 that Vladimir Putin had tossed a coin in a wishing well and asked for a…

  • The Oil Major Primed To Profit In The Permian

    Published 04 October 2021 | viewed 11,924 times

    The Euro majors have been shrinking their legacy high carbon portfolios to transition their product mix to meet the lower carbon climate goals of the…

  • The Dangerous Rally In Natural Gas Prices

    Published 20 September 2021 | viewed 50,988 times

    There is a buzz in the gas market, the likes of which has not been seen for a number of years. In the space of…

  • Why U.S. Shale Companies Are So Undervalued

    Published 10 September 2021 | viewed 7,559 times

    In search of higher prices, shale oil producers have reined in upstream capex over the last couple of years. Before 2019 they were focused on…

  • How To Capitalize On Guyana’s Oil Boom

    Published 30 August 2021 | viewed 10,384 times

    The oil market has come through some tough sledding the last 6-8 weeks as doubts about the commitment of OPEC+ to the newly agreed output…

  • The Dawn Of A New Era In Deepwater Drilling

    Published 11 August 2021 | viewed 11,810 times

    A new era in deepwater drilling is about to begin. With the sanctioning of the Anchor project super-major operator, Chevron, NYSE: CVX) signaled that it…

  • Shale Giants Hit Hard By Poor Hedging Decisions

    Published 02 August 2021 | viewed 15,920 times

    The lack of growth in shale production, currently inching higher but primarily from DUC- Drilled but Uncompleted wells, has been largely attributed to capital discipline.…

  • What's Next For Oil After The New OPEC+ Deal

    Published 19 July 2021 | viewed 18,026 times

    The recent OPEC+ meeting ended with an agreement that would gradually increase the cartel’s monthly production until in late 2022 all of the 9.7 mm…

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