Monday, March 30, 2020

Laying Down Rigs -- March 30, 2020


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Nationwide, weekly report:

From Focus on Fracking, link here:
Continental Resources and Whiting Petroleum Corporation are among the latest operators with Bakken assets announcing sharp drops to capital expenditures in the wake of an ongoing price war between Russia and OPEC.
Continental said it will reduce its 2020 capital expenditures by 55 percent, dropping its 2020 capex to $1.2 billion.
Whiting will cut capex by 30 percent, or $185 million, dropping its total capital budget to between $400 to $435 million.
For Continental, this translates to a reduction of six rigs in the Bakken, dropping it from nine to three for 2020. Continental will also cut rigs in Oklahoma, going from 10.5 to about four rigs there.
Whiting, which had already made some cuts last year, said it will drop another rig and another completion crew within the next month.
Continental expects the revision to its capex to have slight impact on production statistics. It is projecting the drop in crude oil production will be less than 5 percent.
Whiting said its cuts will have “moderate impact” on 2020 crude oil production, but deferred specifics to more formal guidance that it will release during its first quarter earnings call.
Continental’s Chief Executive Officer Bill Berry said the company is also looking at cost-saving initiatives across its operations to remain free cash flow positive, and expects to remain cash flow neutral even under $30 per barrel WTI. 
Norway's Equinor is halting activity at its US shale assets as part of measures to slash spending in response to the oil price collapse, the company said Wednesday, March 25, 2020.
All drilling and well completion activities at Equinor's gas-focused US shale assets are being suspended to cut spending and "produce the volumes at a later period", the company said.
The majority of Equinor's US shale production comes from the eastern Marcellus gas play which is targeted at consumers in New York State.
The move, which followed an announcement to suspend share buybacks, is part of a wider 20% cut in organic capex for 2020 to around $8.5 billion from $10 billion-$11 billion , Equinor said. The company also said it will reduce planned exploration spending this year to $1 billion from around $1.4 billion and cut operating costs by around $700 million compared with original guidance.
Much, much more at the link.

Before WWI

This is simply impossible to fathom. From Edmund de Waal's The Hare With The Amber Eyes, c. 2010:
"[In 1914] Victor (the author's great-grandfather) had become a subject of his Majesty Franz Josef, the eighty-four-year-old Emperor of Austria, King of Hungary and Bohemia, King of Lombardy-Venetia, of Dalmatia, Croatia, Slavonia, Galicia, Lodomeria and Illyria, Grand Duke of Tuscany, King of Jerusalem, and Duke of Auschwitz.
One can see traces of the Holy Roman Empire in this list of holdings.

I did not recognize Lodomeria and was wrong about Illyria.
  • Illyria: much of the Balkan peninsula, think Macedonia in the south and then extending north;
  • Lodomeria: the area currently straddling the borders of modern-day Poland, Ukraine and Belarus.
The Movie Page

I watched "Citizen Kane" from beginning to end for the first time ever last night, on TCM. Superb. For its time. Fascinating and engaging.

Most disappointing: I did not feel any emotional attachment to any of the characters, save perhaps Joseph Cotten's Jedediah. I was particularly unimpressed  with Dorothy Comingore, but I am in the minority. From IMDB:
Dorothy Comingore earned a place in motion picture history for her role as the second Mrs. Kane (the Marion Davies to Orson Welles's William Randolph Hearst) in Citizen Kane (1941). It was an extraordinary performance, justifiably praised by critics and public alike. She was apparently slated to be on the short list for an Academy Award. However, there was to be no stardom in films for this talented actress.
I may have to re-watch the movie just to watch her more closely. But I can't imagine re-watching the movie any time soon. One wonders if the movie's biggest problem is this: the trailers / marketing stills are unable to "captur"e the movie. 

On another note, it is truly amazing that Ted Turner acquired this movie as part of the library he bought when establishing TCM. What an incredible bit of luck.

On the other hand, earlier in the day I watched The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter was superb, and I could easily imagine watching this movie several times a year. It won't quite make my top ten movie list but would probably be among the top twenty.


  1. This isolation stuff isn't all that different from being a farm kid in the '50s... Only saw and talked with family for weeks on end. Ate what was grown, butchered or canned. The main difference is that we didn't have tv~

    1. I feel badly for the economic destruction and economic hardship it will cause, but in the "stay at home" arena, I agree with you completely. Most of my summers in Williston from age 4 to age 14 or so were like this. I'm getting into a routine and doing just fine. Thank you for taking time to write. And good luck.

  2. You are absolutely correct; the economic consequences of this endemic will be horrific. Glad to hear you are doing just fine. Here in southern Arizona, we have less than 150 incidences of the virus in our county. So far, the isolation mandates are simply a "dress rehearsal" for what will probably come our way. May be a bit tough getting back to Oregon this year; last thing we need is a stop at some motel with dubious cleaning procedures. But, non-stop it is a 22 hour drive. Stay well and only breathe out! (I tried it; just too hard for us old folk!).

    1. I've done many cross-country trips sleeping at road-side rest areas in the car. Not necessarily recommended but it's an option.

      And to think back in the 1980s we thought we were going to run out of oil.

  3. I've done the 22 hour drive, non-stop, to Portland. However, at the time I didn't have two cats in the back of the SUV... Highly "not recommend"! In 1965, at UND, there were gas wars. $.18 lowest I recall. Inflation adjusted.... that is about $1.80 today. Whodathunk!

    1. I vaguely remember gas wars -- certainly don't remember the prices. I also remember all the scams at traveling carnivals with folks trying to sell additives that would improve gas mileage. Anyway, for the time being you may be better off in Arizona anyway.