Crude Production

Crude Oil Swing Producer – Who Is and Who Isn’t

Several recent articles have announced that the US is now the world’s “swing producer” of crude oil and they imply that the US has grabbed this distinction away from Middle East producers or from OPEC. However, it is not clear...

/ April 30, 2015

Keep the trains on the tracks

In August 2014, PHMSA released its proposed rulemaking on enhanced tank car standards. Amid the exhaustive detail on jacket thicknesses, speed limits and enhanced braking, it became clear that a key component of improving rail safety was almost nowhere to...

/ February 25, 2015

U.S. Refiners Continue to Absorb Increasing U.S. Crude Production

The most recent Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) Short Term Energy Outlook shows that, in 2014 and 2015, U.S. refineries are absorbing the increasing U.S. crude oil production not only by continuing to replace crude oil imports with U.S. supply, but also...

/ August 18, 2014

U.S. Refineries Competitive Positions

I recently participated at the Energy Information Administration’s 2014 Energy Conference, and during a panel discussion on world product trade, took the opportunity to address issues not raised in recent ICF and IHS studies that supported crude exports. Contrary to...

/ July 29, 2014