As far as the Export Administration Act goes, the thinking is that U.S. refiners only have capacity to process so much crude. Once our supply moves past that point, the stored oil becomes a huge liability. Oil drops in value as it sits, and low oil prices will make production in certain regions prohibitively expensive. Exporting crude would keep prices high and allow production to continue.
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No one understands how the movement of oil affects prices like the people in charge of moving that oil. The midstream industry’s entire livelihood depends on knowing where the oil is and where producers want to move it, even before the producers may know themselves. In short, Armstrong is an expert, and his words carry a certain weight as a result.
In fact, Valero Energy Corporation (NYSE:VLO) has already received special permission from the Department of Commerce to export crude to one of its facilities in Canada. The company is using the light sweet crude from the Eagle Ford shale to displace imports from West Africa.
Armstrong, again, is on record with the idea that what we think right now may change wildly in 12 months, and again 24 months beyond that. The industry is in such a state of flux that there are no guarantees. Still, it is important to think about the effects that any potential rollback or adjustment to the Jones Act and the Export Administration Act might have on our investments.
It can be hard to catch every conference call — or any conference call, for that matter — but the transcripts are almost always available online 24 hours later, and investors should make a point of checking them out. The Q&A at the end is especially valuable for gaining insight on the larger trends that can dramatically affect our investments.
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The article Are U.S. Crude Exports Just Around the Corner? originally appeared on Fool.com and is written by Aimee Duffy.
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