Energy Market Commentary // Economics

How Low Can Waha Natural Gas Prices Go?

April 4, 2019 |
Waha natural gas cash prices traded as low as a negative…yes negative…$6.60/MMBtu on April 3 and averaged for the day nearly $3.75/MMBtu below zero. Permian producers are paying for the right to produce oil, avoid flaring, and potentially not...
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Uinta Basin Economics: Horizontal or Bust?

March 26, 2019 |
Last June, BTU Analytics examined the outlook of horizontal drilling in the Uinta Basin. As oil prices recovered, total annual drilling activity increased in the Uinta Basin. As drilling increased, producers shifted towards horizontal activity rather than vertical. Despite...
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Alpine High Expectations Move Low(er)

March 6, 2019 |
Last week, the market was caught off-guard when Apache (NYSE:APA) lowered the outlook for volume growth in the company’s Permian rich gas play, the Alpine High.  Apache traded off just 1% following the disclosure, while Altus Midstream (NASDAQ: ALTM),...
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DJ Basin Challenges Impacting Drilling Decisions

February 8, 2019 |
The DJ Basin continues to face both regulatory and midstream challenges. In November, Colorado voters rejected a ballot initiative to increase well setbacks. Now, a lawsuit arguing Colorado’s forced pooling statute is unconstitutional further mires the outlook for development in...
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How deep does $45 oil cut in the Bakken?

January 10, 2019 |
It can be hard to believe how quickly the tables turn for the oil market. Just three months ago we saw WTI futures hit $76.90, a milestone untouched since November of 2014. Before there was time to celebrate, volatility...
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