What You Need To Know In Oil And Gas Today – 2.17.2017

Here are the Top Dozen Oil & Gas stories for February 17, 2017, taken directly from the @GDBlackmon Twitter Feed (that’s me):

Probably not, no.  The Permian’s returns and economics are just superior to any other basin in the country, and economics drive budgets at oil and gas operating companies.  So, the other basins won’t see outright booms like the Permian is experiencing right now, but some, like the Eagle Ford – where the rig count has almost tripled since last June – will continue to see modest growth as long as the oil price remains above $50/bbl.: Can Other Oil Basins Ever Catch Up To The Permian’s Prosperity?   http://www.rigzone.com/news/oil_gas/a/148529/Can_Other_Oil_Basins_Ever_Catch_Up_To_The_Permians_Prosperity?utm_source=GLOBAL_ENG&utm_medium=SM_TW&utm_campaign=SHARE_DESKTOP via @rigzone

Great stuff here: The Dakota Access Pipeline Co. Shouldn’t Have To Pay For #NODAPL Mayhem http://buff.ly/2lQKqKj

Promise?: #Oil and #gas deal makers say rebound is here http://fuelfix.com/blog/2017/02/16/oil-and-gas-deal-makers-say-rebound-is-here/

Ugh.: Natural gas falls to nearly-three-month low https://www.wsj.com/articles/natural-gas-falls-to-nearly-three-month-low-1487274998 via @WSJ

Good stuff from Dr. Scott Tinker.: We Need Secure Energy for America https://news.utexas.edu/2017/02/16/we-need-secure-energy-for-america?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=utnewsshares via @UTAustin

Some new battery tech is always “the future”, but that future never seems to come.  It’s like Dippin’ Dots ice cream, which has billed itself as the “Ice cream of the future” for at least 25 years now.  So, hey, ice batteries might as well be up next.: Are Ice Batteries The Future Of Energy Storage? http://oilprice.com/Energy/Energy-General/Are-Ice-Batteries-The-Future-Of-Energy-Storage.html

But for how long?: Stronger commodity prices fuel #oil patch recovery http://www.mrt.com/business/oil/article/Stronger-commodity-prices-fuel-oil-patch-recovery-10938447.php?cmpid=twitter-tablet via @mwtnews

Cool, and well-deserved.: TransCanada’s Nebraska pipeline gets second chance http://on.mktw.net/2kw26eg

Good ideas.: #Energy industry executives urge increased public-private partnerships, funding for R&D – http://go.shr.lc/2kutyJr

Well, of course it is.: Koch-backed group stepping up advocacy against border tax http://thehill.com/policy/finance/319982-koch-backed-group-stepping-up-advocacy-against-border-tax#.WKbrsmhltA8.twitter

Better header: @EPA workers violate federal ethics law.: E.P.A. Workers Try to Block Pruitt in Show of Defiance http://buff.ly/2kQGIw4

No surprise here.: U.S. Crude Production Increases With Higher Drilling Activity – @EIA http://www.eia.gov/petroleum/weekly/#.WKbt3Ql8DoM.twitter

That’s all for today.  Check back in Monday for another dozen Things You Need To Know In Oil And Gas.