Definition of shale
: a fissile rock that is formed by the consolidation of clay, mud, or silt, has a finely stratified or laminated structure, and is composed of minerals essentially unaltered since deposition
shaleyplay or less commonly
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Suddenly buyers from all over the world are purchasing the new U.S. supplies, from South Korea to India — even oil-rich Venezuela, which uses the light sweet crude that comes out of American shale to blend with its gooey heavy crude.
Suddenly buyers from all over the world are purchasing the new American supplies, from South Korea to India — even oil-rich Venezuela, which uses the light sweet crude that comes out of American shale to blend with its gooey heavy crude.
Hedge funds, which had bought heavily into OPEC’s output restraint deal at the end of last year, are now more intent on testing the pain threshold of U.S. shale producers, with the credit markets also starting to act as a barometer of stress again.
The battle between OPEC and U.S. shale oil drillers has led to another slump in the price of crude and, as a result, the price of gasoline has been on the decline, even as California’s summer driving season goes into full swing.
Now, there are some shale patches that can make a profit at $15 a barrel.
Sanctions complicate the process, barring Western companies from helping with Arctic offshore, deepwater and shale oil projects.
This highlights perhaps the most overlooked benefit of shale development, which is the tremendous environmental improvement Ohio is seeing as a result of these types of natural gas conversions.
Petersburg, Rosneft CEO Igor Sechin said thanks to increasing efficiency U.S. shale oil producers would likely deliver an additional 1.5 million barrels of crude a day to the market in 2018.
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SHALE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of shale for English Language Learners
: a soft kind of rock that splits easily into flat pieces
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Definition of shale for Students
: a rock with a fine grain formed from clay, mud, or silt
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