North American oil and gas—2: The pressure on Mexico

Elements of change are in place in Mexico. Nothing guarantees they'll be activated. But as new promise for oil supply comes to light in the US and Canada, the mere possibility that Mexico will make essential reforms enhances the promise of a North American boom. With oil and gas, Mexico has been xenophobic since its beginning as a nation in 1938. State ownership of oil and gas resources is a source of national pride, embodied in state-owned Pemex. It's also the reason Mexico produces far less oil and gas than its resource base indicates it can. Unmet potential As was noted here last week, oil production is surging in Canada and the US but fading in Mexico (OGJ, Dec. 3, 2012, p. 26). In Ca...

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