Oil

By Derik Andreoli · February 1, 2012
Rare is the news day that passes without mention of the proposed Keystone XL (KXL) pipeline. In fact, just as I was about to send this article to the Logistics Management editors, news broke that President Obama rejected the proposed route for the KXL. Of course, this is not the last we will hear of the project. The route will be revised and resubmitted for review, and we will soon revisit the issues surrounding the KXL.
<p>Derik Andreoli, Ph.D.c. is the Senior Analyst at Mercator International, LLC.</p> By Derik Andreoli · December 1, 2011
Driven by the boom in shale oil production from the Bakken formation that straddles the Montana/North Dakota border, U.S. oil production has climbed steadily since 2008 after declining for 22 of the previous 23 years. This fact alone might lead logistics professionals to the conclusion that price relief is just around the corner. Well, it isn’t.
By Jeff Berman · November 16, 2011
Diesel prices were up a full dime, with the price per gallon hitting $3.987.
<p>Derik Andreoli, Ph.D.c. is the Senior Analyst at Mercator International, LLC.</p> By Derik Andreoli · October 1, 2011
Many believe that high or rapidly rising oil prices cause recessions; but in turn, during a recession, industrial production and demand for transportation decline. Consequently, the price for oil and fuel falls, and as it declines, the economy is stimulated.
By Jeff Berman · September 20, 2011
This follows a 0.6 cent decline last week, which was preceded by a 5.8 cent gain over the previous two weeks.
By Jeff Berman · September 13, 2011
Following two weeks in increasing prices after a month of declines, diesel prices dipped 0.6 cents to $3.862 per gallon, according to the Department of Energy’s Energy Information Administration.
By Jeff Berman · September 7, 2011
Diesel prices were up for the second straight week following a month of declining prices, increasing 4.8 cents to $3.868 per gallon, according to the Department of Energy’s Energy Information Administration.
By Jeff Berman · August 2, 2011
Following a cumulative 9.9 cent gain over the previous three weeks, the Department of Energy’s Energy Information Administration (EIA) reported this week that the price per gallon of diesel dropped 1.2 cents to $3.937.
<p>Derik Andreoli, Ph.D.c. is the Senior Analyst at Mercator International, LLC.</p> By George Kokoris · August 1, 2011
If natural gas continues to be significantly less expensive than diesel, it would make sense that some portion of the transportation sector would convert from diesel to natural gas. But in doing so, demand for diesel would decline relative to demand for natural gas—and this would cause price convergence. How are are we from this reality?
By Jeff Berman · July 6, 2011
Prices dipped 3.8 cents to $3.85 per gallon, following a 6.2 cent decline last week, which represented the steepest weekly decline since falling 6.4 cents the week of May 23.
<p>Derik Andreoli, Ph.D.c. is the Senior Analyst at Mercator International, LLC.</p> By Derik Andreoli · July 1, 2011
OPEC failed to revise production quotas, and upon learning of this decision, traders quickly bid the price back up
By Jeff Berman · June 29, 2011
Even a casual media observer likely knows that natural gas is high up on the list of “topic du jour” lately. It is not all that surprising, considering that the price of diesel fuel—while down in recent weeks—is still about a dollar more per gallon than it was a year ago.
By Jeff Berman · May 24, 2011
Diesel prices dropped 6.4 cents this week to $3.997 per gallon, according to the Department of Energy’s Energy Information Administration (EIA). This represents the single largest weekly decline since a 7.3 cent dip from the week of May 24, 2010.
By Jeff Berman · May 23, 2011
While the current fuel situation may not be as dire as it was during the summer of 2008, when prices hit nearly $5 per gallon and $150 per barrel, shippers are bracing for prolonged pain at the pump, according to the results of a recent Logistics Management reader survey of roughly 250 logistics, supply chain, and transportation executives.
By Derik Andreoli · May 19, 2011
The majority of recent news regarding the supply side of the equation strongly indicates a further tightening of oil and fuel supplies. Rather than taking my word for it, I present below a review and brief interpretation of recent news on supply coming from the largest oil producing countries.

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