U.S. becomes world's top oil producer, but July 4 gas prices at six-year high

|By:, SA News Editor

The U.S. became the world’s largest natural gas producer four years ago, and now it is the world's top producer of crude oil, surpassing all other countries with output exceeding 11M bbl/day in Q1, according to a new report issued today by Bank of America.

Partly as a result of the shale boom, West Texas futures are at a ~$7/bbl discount to their Brent European counterpart, but it hasn’t made the expected impact on pump prices: “Typically such a large energy supply growth should bring prices lower, but in fact we’re not seeing that because the whole geopolitical situation outside the U.S. is dreadful," says BofA’s head of commodities research.

Drivers on the road for the Fourth of July weekend are facing the highest gasoline prices since 2008, despite the fact that U.S. oil production is its highest since 1986 and gasoline is well supplied across the country.

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