Bidness Etc takes a look at how Saudi Arabia led to slowed growth of the US shale oil industry
By: MICHEAL KAUFMAN: Published: Jul 2, 2015 at 9:37 am EST
The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), led by Saud Arabia, usually monitors the crude oil supplies and prices prevailing in the market. The US energy companies have begun using hydraulic fracturing techniques, which allow US drillers to drill deeper into the surface, and extract more oil. Therefore, crude oil output has risen substantially.
On the other hand, the OPEC refused to play its role as a price regulator last year. On November 27, the cartel decided to maintain output at 30 million barrels of oil per day. Prices that once traded at $115 per barrel fell to $60 per barrel. The price decline was also due to reduced global crude oil demand.