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U.S. Weighs Paying Drillers to Leave Oil in Ground Amid Glut

  • Energy Department plan would pay producers not to produce
  • Program would help producers reeling from collapse in demand
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U.S. Weighs Paying Drillers to Leave Oil in Ground Amid Glut
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The Trump administration is considering paying U.S. oil producers to leave crude in the ground to help alleviate a glut that has caused prices to plummet and pushed some drillers into bankruptcy.

The Energy Department has drafted a plan to compensate companies for sitting on as much as 365 million barrels worth of oil reserves by effectively making that untapped crude part of the U.S. government’s emergency stockpile, said senior administration officials, who asked not to be identified describing deliberations prior to a decision and announcement.