The Jack-2 perspective

The oil and gas industry received a strong demonstration of what passes for energy perspective in the US last week. A group of companies disclosed promising test results from a 2-year-old oil discovery in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico, and reporters in the general media mostly wanted to know how the news would affect that day’s price of gasoline. At least one Houston television station covered the story by-how else?-interviewing drivers buying fuel at service stations.Production from any of the dozen discoveries made so far in the 100-million acre deepwater Lower Tertiary play remains several years in the future. By then, gasoline prices will have swung through many cycles, and those...

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