Increasing production and mismatch between crude oil type and refinery configuration allows for more of the increasing U.S. crude oil production to be exported
The Gulf Coast is the first region to export more crude oil than it imports since the West Coast saw small net exports in early 1990s
U.S. crude oil production boomed in 2018 and so did the quantity of exports to countries seeking the lighter, sweeter crude oil that comes from U.S. shale. In the last two months of 2018, the U.S. Gulf Coast exported more crude oil than it imported, according to U.S. Department of Energy data.

Monthly net trade of crude oil in the Gulf Coast region (the difference between gross exports and gross imports) fell from a high in early 2007 of 6.6 milli...

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