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Shakeout on the cards for US shale

A wave of consolidation is underway among smaller US shale producers as companies struggle with mounting debts A wave of consolidation is underway among smaller US shale producers as companies struggle with mounting debts.
By Peter Stewart 18 December 2019 Americas / Exploration & Production 0 34895
Chevron holds interest in the Horn River shale basin in British Columbia. (Devon Energy)

Wafer-thin margins and mounting debts have been a thorn in the side of shale producers in the United States for many years despite the spectacular increases in oil, gas and NGL production resulting from the shale revolution. Now there are growing signs a shakeout in the industry may be on the cards.

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