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The Bakken, Permian and Gulf Lead

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January 1, 2013

Expectations of a record year in domestic transaction volume were fading faster than winter daylight in December despite market pressure to conclude deals in the face of potential 2013 changes to the tax code. Several significant acreage packages that in aggregate would total a Carl Sagan-like “billions and billions” of dollars were still seeking joint-venture partners or outright sale at press time, with potential to impact 2012 volumes.

With less than days left in 2012, announced transaction value for domestic E&P assets year-to-date had moved above $57.4 billion, but was ...

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