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Peak Shale: Is the US Fracking Industry Already in Decline?

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Fracking well sites from the air, in Jonah, Wyoming

In 2016, lower oil prices led to an overall drop in production for Shale companies, which use horizontal drilling and fracking to extract oil and gas from shale formations such as the Marcellus and Permian. This was one of the few relatively positive financial periods for an Industry plagued by high costs and low returns (although it still lost money in 2016).

But the industry shouldn't get complacent, warned Robert Clarke of energy industry research and consulting group Wood Mackenzie. Cracks already are starting to emerge in the optimistic forecasts of how much these shale formations can produce, which is a bad sign for turning around the industry's struggling finances.

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Mark Papa


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