shale oil


Definition of shale oil

: a crude dark oil obtained from oil shale by heating

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Oil's rally shows that the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries and its allies are succeeding in clearing the glut triggered by the growth of U.S. shale oil. Grant Smith And Ben Sharples, Houston Chronicle, "Brent tops $70 a barrel for first time in three years," 11 Jan. 2018 Prominent recent examples include Amazon, shale oil and, back in the boom times before 2013, mining and emerging markets. James Mackintosh, WSJ, "A Davos Debate: What Is Finance for?," 24 Jan. 2019 The cartel’s official semiannual summit comes as the group continues to lose global market share as a result of surging U.S. shale oil production. Christopher Alessi, WSJ, "Oil Slides After OPEC Delays Decision on Level of Output Cuts," 6 Dec. 2018 Would the government of the U.S. leave shale oil underground? WSJ, "What Could Go Wrong With Climate Change Investing," 13 Dec. 2018 The activist campaign is the latest to hit the shale oil and gas industry, a sector many investors believe needs to consolidate to generate profits. Bradley Olson, WSJ, "Frustrated Investors Want Frackers to Consolidate," 19 Oct. 2018 Pioneer has around 750,000 acres in the Midland Basin portion of the Permian, which is the center of shale oil and gas drilling in the United States. Rye Druzin, San Antonio Express-News, "Texas oil company sells Colorado acreage," 22 June 2018 And there was no cheaper place to pump shale oil than in the Permian. David Wethe / Bloomberg, Time, "Why This Sand From Texas Is Suddenly Worth $80 a Ton," 10 July 2018 This Bloomberg QuickTake looks at OPEC and how the cartel is facing an epic battle against shale oil., "OPEC: Bloomberg QuickTake (Audio)," 22 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of shale oil

1857, in the meaning defined above

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