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Nick Cunningham

Contributor since: 04 Nov 2013

Nick Cunningham

Nick Cunningham is an independent journalist, covering oil and gas, energy and environmental policy, and international politics. He is based in Portland, Oregon. 

Latest articles from Nick

  • Has Natural Gas Hit Rock Bottom?

    Published 20 January 2020 | viewed 7,988 times

    U.S. natural gas prices fell below $2/MMBtu on Friday for the first time in nearly four years. The gas market is suffering from oversupply, as…

  • Is This The End For Big Oil Dividends?

    Published 19 January 2020 | viewed 28,205 times

    The largest publicly-traded oil companies in the world have been “living beyond their means” for years. Since 2010, the five largest oil majors have spent…

  • Oil Glut Overshadows Geopolitical Risk In 2020

    Published 16 January 2020 | viewed 14,292 times

    The risk of oil supply disruptions from around the world has diminished, and rising non-OPEC production provides a “solid base from which to react to…

  • Just How Serious Is The Shale Slowdown?

    Published 15 January 2020 | viewed 29,632 times

    U.S. shale growth may be slamming on the breaks, although analysts differ over how significant the slowdown will be. The EIA says that U.S. shale…

  • U.S. Gas Giant Downgraded To Junk Status

    Published 14 January 2020 | viewed 43,959 times

    The largest natural gas driller in the United States just announced a massive write-down for its assets, offering more evidence that the shale sector faces…

  • Are Oil Prices Still Too High?

    Published 13 January 2020 | viewed 24,279 times

    China’s oil demand growth is expected to slow dramatically this year, a trend that should have a substantial impact on the global oil market. CNPC…

  • Canada Faces A New Oil Price ‘’Blowout’’

    Published 12 January 2020 | viewed 57,278 times

    Prices for heavy crude in Canada have fallen to $36.66 per barrel, once again coming under pressure because of limits on pipeline capacity. Western Canada…

  • Low Gas Prices Crush Appalachia Shale Boom

    Published 09 January 2020 | viewed 29,196 times

    Low natural gas prices have finally brought the decade-long shale gas boom in Appalachia to a halt. Gas production in Appalachia declined by about 1…

  • The Latest Texas Oil Boom Has Sent Emissions Soaring

    Published 08 January 2020 | viewed 14,666 times

    The ongoing growth of fracking in the U.S., plus the related buildout of pipelines, refineries and petrochemical plants, will release the equivalent of 50 new…

  • Billions In Worthless Assets Plague The Oil & Gas Industry

    Published 08 January 2020 | viewed 44,669 times

    Investors, pension funds and companies need to get ahead of the financial risk from climate change, as many fossil fuel assets risk becoming worthless. “We…

  • Will Oil Prices Crash Or Rally When Iran Reacts?

    Published 06 January 2020 | viewed 33,332 times

    Brent is trading in the neighborhood of $70 per barrel, a price not seen since the spring of 2019. The unexpected assassination of one of…

  • U.S. Shale Struggles To Ride Out The Storm

    Published 05 January 2020 | viewed 34,478 times

    U.S. drilling activity continued to contract in the fourth quarter, and the sense of gloom among shale drillers in Texas remains palpable. The latest data…

  • 2020 Will Be A Crucial Year For Oil

    Published 04 January 2020 | viewed 40,730 times

    It’s the start of a new year and a new decade, and the oil market is as unpredictable as ever. Will OPEC+ extend its cuts?…

  • Is The Shale Boom Running On Fumes?

    Published 30 December 2019 | viewed 32,925 times

    Shale drilling does not produce as much oil and gas as the industry promised, raising questions about the productivity, profitability and, ultimately, the longevity of…

  • The Next Oil Boom Is Happening Here

    Published 29 December 2019 | viewed 96,738 times

    Just as the U.S. shale industry is slowing down, oil production in other non-OPEC countries is on the rise. Output in U.S. shale grew substantially…

  • 2019 Was A Pivotal Year For Energy

    Published 26 December 2019 | viewed 14,198 times

    In the years ahead, 2019 could go down in the history books as a pivotal year in the energy transition. This year may be a…

  • Is This The Beginning Of A Shale Crisis?

    Published 23 December 2019 | viewed 38,067 times

    Banks are cutting their lending to struggling U.S. shale drillers, another blow to an industry that has long been dealing with a questionable business model.…

  • Expect More Writedowns From Oil Majors

    Published 22 December 2019 | viewed 28,801 times

    On Friday, Royal Dutch Shell announced that it would take a $1.7-$2.3 billion write down for the fourth quarter, another financial blow to an industry…

  • Don’t Bet On A Natural Gas Rebound

    Published 19 December 2019 | viewed 33,312 times

    Natural gas prices are set to close out the year down by about 25 percent, and unlike crude oil, there is not a lot of…

  • Texas Is Already Feeling The Shale Slowdown

    Published 18 December 2019 | viewed 21,717 times

    There are more signs of a drilling slowdown in U.S. shale. The EIA said that the U.S. will add 30,000 barrels per day (bpd) between…

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