Shallow water gulf oil, gas supply: A glass half full or half empty?

The US Gulf of Mexico (GOM) has been and continues as a major source of domestic oil and natural gas supplies. Recently, some have begun to speculate that this critical domestic production area is or soon will be in decline. Click here to enlarge imageThe main argument for this dire outlook is that a sharp decline in shallow water (shelf) will more than offset any gain from the deep water (slope) (Fig. 1). This would have significant implications for higher domestic gas (and oil) prices, potential supply shortage, and decreased energy security.The first article in this three-part series reviewed the development and production history of the gulf, focusing on areas in more than 200 m of w...

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