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However, concerns remain about a number of issues, ranging from the steel tariffs to crude oil price differentials in the Permian. Energy activity has shown solid expansion, but to increase drilling, companies need a higher average oil price compared to last year’s surveys, reflecting a steady increase since 2Q and 4Q in 2017. The ability to find workers and limited pipeline capacity could limit near-term growth. Aggressive drilling growth in the Permian and other shale plays belies the cost of those wells, which in many cases are in the red.