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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

  • Will Oil Prices Crash Or Rally When Iran Reacts?

    Published 06 January 2020 | viewed 38,269 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 39,665 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 47,496 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 40,435 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 107,173 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 17,106 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 43,041 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 33,040 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 37,892 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 25,196 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…

  • Is Wall Street Turning Its Back On Fossil Fuels?

    Published 17 December 2019 | viewed 16,408 times

    Goldman Sachs said that it would no longer finance coal projects, or oil and gas exploration in the Arctic. In a new environmental policy framework,…

  • Have Oil Prices Reached An Inflection Point?

    Published 16 December 2019 | viewed 46,681 times

    Oil prices have hit three-month highs, driven higher by the OPEC+ cuts, the U.S.-China trade de-escalation, the slowdown in shale and the apparent stabilization in…

  • Emissions Soar As Permian Flaring Frenzy Breaks New Records

    Published 14 December 2019 | viewed 66,038 times

    The flaring and venting of natural gas in the U.S. continues to soar, reaching new record highs in recent months. The volume of gas that…

  • IEA: An Oil Glut Is Inevitable In 2020

    Published 12 December 2019 | viewed 53,442 times

    Despite the OPEC+ cuts, the oil market is still facing a supply surplus in 2020, according to a new report from the International Energy Agency…

  • Chevron’s $11 Billion Write Down Is A Warning For The Oil Industry

    Published 11 December 2019 | viewed 66,669 times

    Chevron said that it would write down $11 billion in assets in the fourth quarter, much of which is tied to natural gas in Appalachia.…

  • The $20 Trillion Threat That Could Trigger The Next Financial Meltdown

    Published 10 December 2019 | viewed 26,970 times

    Trillions of dollars of market value could go up in smoke due to climate change. The damage hits the global economy in multiple ways. The…

  • OPEC Deal Could Send Oil To $70

    Published 09 December 2019 | viewed 48,491 times

    The OPEC+ deal could push oil prices back to $70 per barrel next year, assuming all goes according to plan. The combination of raising the…

  • The Danger Of Deeper OPEC+ Cuts

    Published 08 December 2019 | viewed 41,178 times

    OPEC+ agreed to cut production by 500,000 bpd, sending oil prices higher on Friday. During mid-day trading, WTI was just shy of $60 per barrel,…

  • An OPEC+ Surprise Cut Is Looking Increasingly Likely

    Published 05 December 2019 | viewed 13,921 times

    OPEC+ is considering deepening cuts by as much as 500,000 bpd, a more aggressive effort to head off a supply surplus in 2020. The rumors…

  • Shale’s Debt-Fueled Drilling Boom Is Coming To An End

    Published 04 December 2019 | viewed 82,420 times

    The financial struggles of the U.S. shale industry are becoming increasingly hard to ignore, but drillers in Appalachia are in particularly bad shape. The Permian…

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