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David Yager

Yager Management Ltd,

Contributor since: 08 Jul 2015

David Yager


Based in Calgary, David Yager is a former oilfield services executive and the principal of Yager Management Ltd., an oilfield services management consultancy. He has been writing about the upstream oil and gas industry and energy policy and issues since 1979.

Latest articles from David

  • Electric Vehicles No Threat To Oil Prices Anytime Soon

    Published 27 July 2017 | viewed 33,528 times

    Hardly a day goes by without another media report about the impending demise of the Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) as petroleum powered cars and trucks…

  • Methane Reduction Plan Could Seriously Harm Canadian Oil & Gas

    Published 19 June 2017 | viewed 10,600 times

    The old saying goes, “The road to hell is paved with good intentions”. And so it goes for the myriad of new regulations, taxes and…

  • Oil Is Now At The Mercy Of Money Markets

    Published 15 May 2017 | viewed 14,390 times

    For an industry suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) almost 2.5 years after the oil price collapse, May 4 was a very long day. Having…

  • A Sobering Look At The Future Of Oil

    Published 08 May 2017 | viewed 63,013 times

    The current discussion about the future of oil is how soon will it be before petroleum becomes a sunset industry. If it isn’t already. Flat…

  • Why The Permian Doesn’t Keep OPEC Awake At Night

    Published 18 April 2017 | viewed 49,745 times

    The old saying goes, “Everything’s bigger in Texas”. The latest subject of this axiom is the legendary Permian Basin. The recent headlines have been eye-popping.…

  • The U.S. Rig Count Is An Over-Rated Indicator Of Future Oil Prices

    Published 09 April 2017 | viewed 30,699 times

    The Baker Hughes North American Rotary Rig Count wallowed in relative obscurity among the world’s business writers for decades. The Hughes in Baker Hughes is…

  • Why Shell’s Oil Sands Sell Off Is Great News For Canadian Oil

    Published 21 March 2017 | viewed 15,082 times

    There was a time when if a Canadian exploration and production (E&P) company bought out a foreign-controlled competitor, it was not only good for the…

  • Why It Isn’t Game Over For Canada’s Oil Sands

    Published 06 March 2017 | viewed 22,074 times

    There cannot be a more valuable natural resource in the world that has been subjected to more attacks and criticism than Canada’s oil sands. James…

  • Oilfield Services Rush To Raise Capital As Oil Recovery Holds

    Published 12 February 2017 | viewed 7,462 times

    The old saying goes in the investment business, “when the ducks are quacking you feed them”. And so it goes for Canadian publicly traded oilfield…

  • Canadian Oil Industry Not Threatened By Trump

    Published 26 January 2017 | viewed 8,807 times

    On the day of U.S. President Donald Trump’s inauguration the official White House website was rewritten including 361 brief words outlining the future of American…

  • What A Trump Presidency Means For Canadian Oil

    Published 22 January 2017 | viewed 17,453 times

    It is once again acceptable to be rich and successful. You are not a menace to the future of mankind. You are a key building…

  • Canada’s Oil Industry Goes On The Offensive

    Published 14 January 2017 | viewed 12,165 times

    Based entirely on higher oil and gas prices and the need for exploration and production (E&P) companies to replace reserves to stay in business, Canada’s…

  • Can The Canadian Oil Industry Recover In 2017?

    Published 28 December 2016 | viewed 24,304 times

    Even with oil barely over half of what it fetched in June of 2014 and the active drilling rig count doing better than (December 20,…

  • Can Carbon Taxes Kill Pipeline Opposition?

    Published 10 December 2016 | viewed 10,149 times

    Pipelines in North America have been headline news for years and this is only going to escalate. Will they? Won’t they? Growing opposition is leading…

  • Canada Fires Up Drilling Rigs On News Of OPEC Deal

    Published 04 December 2016 | viewed 15,958 times

    Today marks the end of what has been one of the best weeks in two years for positive news for Canada’s battered upstream oil and…

  • Credit Markets Have Oilfield Services In A Lockdown

    Published 27 November 2016 | viewed 10,129 times

    “It is picking up now but I can’t make payroll with the increased work. Got a spare million laying around?” This is the email response…

  • Is GE Looking To Exit Oilfield Services?

    Published 13 November 2016 | viewed 18,280 times

    The greatest gift to shareholders of a vast array of global oilfield services (OFS) firms in the past 20 years has been the entry of…

  • Terrible Timing: Canada’s Carbon Tax Troubles

    Published 07 November 2016 | viewed 13,475 times

    The treaty to reduce carbon emissions negotiated in Paris a year ago (COP21) officially comes into force today. Countries representing 55 percent of global emissions…

  • Why Oil Prices Will Rise More And Sooner Than Most Believe

    Published 25 September 2016 | viewed 116,574 times

    As the September 26 to 28 “informal” meeting of OPEC producers in Algeria draws near, media speculation could easily cause mental anguish. On oil news…

  • Is Canadian Oil Actually Subsidized?

    Published 24 September 2016 | viewed 12,485 times

      At the conclusion of the G20 conference in China this month, the assembled countries pledged yet again to end fossil fuel subsidies. An action…

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