Drilled but uncompleted wells, also known as DUCs, are oil and natural gas wells that have been drilled but have not yet undergone well completion activities to start producing hydrocarbons. The well completion process involves casing, cementing, perforating, hydraulic fracturing, and other procedures required to produce crude oil or natural gas. The number of DUCs has generally increased since the end of A high inventory of DUCs may be attributable to economic factors or resource constraints. For example, a low oil and natural gas price environment may postpone well completion activities in areas where the wellhead break-even price is too high relative to the current market price.
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Stripper wells, or wells that produce small volumes, represent an important but decreasing share of total U. EIA estimates that there were about , stripper oil wells so called because they are stripping the remaining oil out of the ground in the United States operating at the end of , compared to about 90, nonstripper oil wells. Wells become stripper wells through the normal decline of producing wells, some of which may have at one time been very prolific. These wells usually have low ongoing maintenance costs and relatively low transportation costs to move their products to distribution systems.
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The May edition co-authored with Dan Shirley, Irene Manos, and Kelsey Muraoka focuses on some of the federal and state tax benefits potentially available to oil and gas producers in the current low-price environment. Given the generally low-price environment, oil and gas producers have focused renewed attention on cost reduction, management of their global tax burden and improving cash flow. Utilization of available federal and state tax incentives, exemptions, and exclusions to reduce federal and state tax burdens is one way companies in the oil and gas industry can seek to accomplish these goals.
Technological developments have increased access to oil and natural gas reserves across the country. Over the past several years, many states have considered measures to benefit from these newly accessible resources and to ensure that communities are reimbursed for the impact that oil and natural gas development may have on infrastructure. Thirty-four states currently produce natural gas.