The recovery seen in the Permian has not yet extended to the Bakken, as it struggles with higher costs and stagnant production.
Although relatively modest in scope, California Governor Gavin Newsom's plan to phase out oil production in the state is groundbreaking in political significance.
As continued OPEC curbs alongside a further hefty Saudi cut nudge WTI back above $50 per barrel, U.S. shale drillers have pulled back from the abyss.
Amid weaker demand and chronic oversupply, U.S. shale is facing fundamental questions about its longevity.
Chesapeake Energy's financial woes suggest the shale revolution is running on fumes.
Oil majors continue to ratchet up activity in U.S. shale, even as other producers cut back.
Production gains cannot mask the problems facing the shale industry, but the offshore sector is seeing an increase in activity.
The outlook for oil prices in 2019 is highly uncertain, but the effects of low prices are starting to wear down the U.S. shale industry. Recent data from the Dallas Federal Reserve suggests a slowdown from the U.S. shale industry is already underway.
Despite the abnormally low level of gas sitting in storage, natural gas prices have barely moved. Shale gas drillers continue to add supply, which will likely allow the U.S. to avoid a supply crunch this coming winter.
With an eye on his legacy, President Obama is trying to ink a few energy and environmental victories before he leaves the White House. The Dakota Access pipeline, the BLM's fracking rule, and monument designations are key areas of focus for the outgoing administration.