Largest Bakken Producer Shuts In Nearly All Manufacturing

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Visitor “finish the hostage disaster now!” by David Middleton

Continental Sources Halts Shale Output, Seeks to Cancel Gross sales
Devika Krishna Kumar and Liz Hampton, Reuters

Fri, 04/24/2020 – 04:20 AM

The biggest oil producer in North Dakota has halted most of its manufacturing within the U.S. state and notified some clients it might not provide crude after costs dived into detrimental territory this week, folks aware of the matter stated.

Continental Sources Inc., the corporate managed by billionaire Harold Hamm, stopped all drilling and shut in most of its wells within the state’s Bakken shale discipline, three folks aware of manufacturing within the state stated April 23.

World oil costs have plunged due to extra provides and tumbling demand because of the coronavirus disaster.

U.S. crude costs plunged into detrimental territory this week—which means suppliers needed to pay folks to take oil—because of lack of space for storing, prompting strikes by operators to halt output.

Shut-ins have been notably swift in North Dakota, which produced greater than 1.four million bbl/d of oil in 2019, making it the second-largest U.S. producing state after Texas.

State officers say manufacturing has already dropped by about 300,000 bbl/d. This month, rival operator in North Dakota Whiting Petroleum Corp. grew to become the primary main shale producer to file for chapter.

Coming into this 12 months, Continental produced practically 150,000 bbl/d within the Bakken, in line with firm figures.


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Continental Sources has additionally declared pressure majeure on present contracts to ship crude oil at present costs. Authorized specialists are doubtful relating to their pressure majeure declare. Continental, probably the most financially profitable “shale” gamers, doesn’t hedge manufacturing and was, due to this fact, extremely uncovered to the sudden worth drop.

Continental Sources Attracts Anger with Choice to Cancel Oil Gross sales
Liz Hampton, Stephanie Kelly and Devika Krishna Kumar, Reuters

Fri, 04/24/2020

Oil billionaire and influential Trump adviser Harold Hamm drew a pointy response from a prime trade group and questions from authorized specialists after his firm, Continental Sources Inc., stated April 23 it couldn’t ship crude to clients, citing hardships based mostly on low costs.

With gas demand destroyed by the coronavirus pandemic as folks worldwide stopped driving and taking flights, oil producers have been pressured to retailer a whole lot of thousands and thousands of barrels of crude and gas that might in any other case have been consumed. With tanks now brimming, producers are reducing output.

Continental Sources, the biggest producer in North Dakota, stopped all drilling there, shut in wells and issued a pressure majeure discover, in line with three sources aware of the matter, an motion usually reserved for conditions out of an organization’s management, resembling pure disasters.


Nonetheless, North Dakota oil regulators this week determined to not label present manufacturing as “financial waste,” which might have them the rationale to mandate manufacturing cuts. The state’s Industrial Fee stated it would maintain a gathering quickly to think about this risk, however regulators have been reluctant to mandate cuts.

“I feel it’s going to be very troublesome for them to say financial pressure majeure, which is mainly what they’re doing,” stated Ted Borrego, who has practiced oil and fuel legislation for over 45 years and teaches on the College of Houston Regulation Heart. “I feel the probabilities of success are fairly near zero.”

Continental additionally produces in Oklahoma, which this week issued an emergency order permitting producers to close in wells with out worry of dropping leases.


A producer who noticed the discover predicted authorized motion, saying, “The one manner there shall be a pressure majeure on the producer aspect is that if states prorate manufacturing.”

Continental is uncovered to weak costs as a result of it didn’t hedge future manufacturing, betting financial progress would carry costs. Many massive shale producers use derivatives as a kind of insurance coverage coverage to lock in a worth for his or her future output.

Bakken crude this week was promoting regionally at roughly $three/bbl, far beneath the U.S. benchmark, stated Ron Ness, president of the North Dakota Petroleum Council. Benchmark U.S. WTI crude settled at $16.50 on April 23.

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Does Continental have a legitimate pressure majeure declare? The latest plunge in oil costs is totally because of authorities malfeasance, beginning with Purple China: The ChiCom-19/Hearth Marshal Gump Hostage Disaster. So, possibly they do… After all this raises the query, “Might monetary establishments declare pressure majeure and refuse to honor $50-60/bbl hedge contracts?” It’s a possible “slippery slope.”

“ChiCom-19” is my deliberately politically incorrect rebranding of all issues pertaining to the Chinese language Communist coronavirus. “Hearth Marshal Gump” is my nickname for Dallas County’s chief govt, County Choose Clay Jenkins. Generically, Hearth Marshal Gumps are the tyrannical mayors, county officers and governors who’ve unconstitutionally positioned their residents below home arrest to guard us from the Kung Flu.

Luckily, the US Lawyer Normal might take motion towards the Hearth Marshal Gumps of America:

Barr calls stay-at-home orders ‘disturbingly shut to accommodate arrest’
The legal professional common stated the Justice Division might think about taking authorized motion towards states that go too far.

April 21, 2020, 5:06 PM CDT / Up to date April 21, 2020, 5:12 PM CDT

By Pete Williams

WASHINGTON — Lawyer Normal William Barr stated Tuesday that the necessity for sturdy restrictions to cease the unfold of the coronavirus could also be passing and that the Justice Division may think about taking authorized motion towards states that go too far.

“There are very, very burdensome impingements on liberty,” he instructed radio speak present host Hugh Hewitt, “and we adopted them for the restricted goal of slowing down the unfold. We didn’t undertake them as the excellent manner of coping with this illness. We at the moment are seeing that these are bending the curve, and now we have to give you extra focused approaches.”


The Justice Division took simply such an motion simply final week, submitting an announcement in help of a small Mississippi church that sued metropolis officers who tried to close down a drive-in church service whereas permitting an area drive-in restaurant to remain open.

He referred to as stay-at-home orders “disturbingly shut to accommodate arrest.”

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ChiCom-19 and Hearth Marshal Gump are reversing this sooner than Sandy Cortez on amphetamines might…

Talking of Sandy Cortez…

I couldn’t make this type of schist up if I used to be making an attempt.

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