OPEC’s decision to refrain from action had an immediate effect on crude oil prices. Prices sunk as it became clear Saudi Arabia is more concerned with losing markets share than the pressure low prices are putting on its cartel partners.
U.S. crude production is at the highest level since 1986 and is on target to exceed 9 million barrels per day. Average price for Brent crude oil is expected to be about $18 a barrel lower next year than previously forecast."
Removing export restrictions would increase domestic production-—8 million barrels per day in April 2014—-because of increasing domestic crude oil prices. Estimates range from an additional 130,000 to 3.3 million barrels per day on average from 2015 through 2035.