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Offshore Trouble Leads to Onshore Success

Energy and Capital's Weekend Edition

Written by Keith Kohl
Posted September 18, 2010

Welcome to the Energy and Capital Weekend Edition — our insights from the week in investing and links to our most-read Energy and Capital and sister publication articles.


Today, BP can breathe a sigh of relief — for now, at least.

After twenty-one grueling weeks, BP will finally complete the sealing of their Macondo well.

Due to weather complications, the company was forced to stop its relief well efforts for weeks. Drilling was resumed on Monday.

By the end of the week, BP had the green light to inject the last bit of cement into the ruptured well. According to the company, the relief well did not have any complications intercepting the Macondo well.

It's the permanent plug on the well that they've been waiting for, coming just days after BP released its report on the accident. Of course, there was no surprise there, either; BP was quick to pass blame between themselves, Haliburton, and Transocean.

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Unfortunately, the fate of the offshore drilling industry is still up in the air.

A government report submitted to a Senate committee stated that the deep water drilling ban had a minimal impact on jobs.

According to the report, only 2,000 of the 9,700 offshore rig workers were affected by the drilling moratorium. After seeing that data, do you think the government is going to think twice about giving the offshore industry more trouble?

Over the next few months, we're going to continue to see some of the biggest offshore drillers pull their rigs out of the Gulf of Mexico.

Two days ago, Transocean pulled another one of their rigs out of the area — the second this month.

This time, the rig is headed to Egypt to fulfill a new five-month contract with Norway's Statoil.

It's a good thing for us that there are still huge opportunities out there...

Oil rush sets new records

If you haven't heard of the Bakken oil rush by now, I suggest writing it down for future reference. It's single-handedly responsible for North Dakota's unprecedented success.

It's taken the state to another level.

The latest production record was set in July, when the state pumped 9.9 million barrels of oil. If you're keeping track, that's approximately 303,000 barrels per day.

The oil boom isn't going away, either.

There are currently 146 active drilling rigs operating in the state. And according to state officials, those rigs are drilling with a 99% success rate.

Here's where it gets tricky for you...

As you know (or should know, at least), the Bakken shale is finally attracting mainstream attention. In other words, we're going to see a massive buying rush as news of its success spreads.

But what most people don't realize is that even the Bakken has its drawbacks. In fact the next obstacle for these shale drillers could bring the walls crashing down around us.

Luckily, I've just come across a company that's solving this upcoming crisis as we speak.

And once you read my upcoming report, you'll finally realize what the Bakken drillers have been missing all along...

I'm putting the finishing touches on it right now. Stay tuned.

Enjoy your weekend,

keith kohl

Keith Kohl
Editor, Energy and Capital

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