Shale industry to be rocked by $300 billion in losses, bankruptcies: Deloitte


A derrick man secures a length of drill pipe during drilling on a natural gas drill rig near Montrose, Pennsylvania, U.S., on Monday, April 5, 2010.

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The U.S. shale industry is about to enter a period of “great compression” as low oil prices hammer the sector, according to a Deloitte study released Monday.

The firm believes that exploration and production companies could  write down the value of their assets by as much as $300 billion as they struggle to breakeven in a lower-for-longer oil price environment. Significant impairments are expected in the second quarter. Based on this, the firm envisions a wave of bankruptcies followed by mass…


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