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Examining the Links Between Oil, Energy and the Economy
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Dallas Fed Energy Survey

Expansion Continues in Oil and Gas Activity; Cost Pressures Building

Third Quarter 2021

Quarterly assessment of energy activity among oil and gas firms in the Eleventh District.

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Energy Indicators

July 2021

A monthly web publication of key economic indicators that offers a snapshot of the energy sector.

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Energy Slideshow

Charts containing the latest data on the outlook for energy in the region, the U.S. and around the world.

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Navigating the Changing Energy Landscape

November 20, 2020

The Federal Reserve Banks of Kansas City and Dallas held their fifth joint energy conference on Nov. 20.

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Energy in the Eleventh District
Haynesville Shale

The East Texas and northern Louisiana counties making up the Haynesville Shale formation came to the public's attention in 2008, when exploration companies began flocking to the region in search of its unconventional gas resources.

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Permian Basin

The Permian Basin is one of the nation's oldest oil and gas producing regions. New technologies have transformed the region in the last decade, breathing new life into old wells and tapping new ones.

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Eagle Ford Shale

Oil and natural gas extraction is booming in Eagle Ford Shale. Recent advances in horizontal drilling technology allow companies to extract oil and natural gas from shale, bringing new jobs and growing wealth to many rural communities in South Texas.

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Barnett Shale

As the birthplace of modern hydraulic fracturing, the Barnett Shale transformed U.S. energy production.

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Featured Articles and Research

Working Papers

Closer to One Great Pool? Evidence from Structural Breaks in Oil Price Differentials

This paper shows that the oil market has become closer to “one great pool,” in the sense that price differentials between crude oils of different qualities have generally become smaller over time.

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How Falling Oil Prices in Early 2020 Weakened the U.S. Economy

The benchmark West Texas Intermediate (WTI) price of oil dropped by more than half from Jan. 21 to April 3. This oil price decline has weakened rather than strengthened the U.S. economy, making this event different from past episodes of falling oil prices.

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More on Energy

Global Economy

Index of Global Real Economic Activity

Business-cycle index of global real economic activity that may be viewed as a proxy for the volume of shipping in global industrial commodity markets.

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Economic Indicators

Houston: August 2021

COVID-19 is increasing in Houston, but it is not clear that this has materially affected economic activity in the region yet. However, initial estimates for June payroll data showed a surprising slowdown in the pace of recovery, particularly for goods-producing sectors like oil and gas, which is seeing increased drilling activity and favorable commodity prices.

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