This report summarises several of the significant issues associated with oil production and reserve data. A fuller understanding of these issues provides a necessary basis for an objective examination of global oil depletion. The report addresses the subject in four sections:
Definitions used within oil industry data are often a subject of confusion.
The Data Sources commonly available are also discussed.
Reserve Estimates are the most contentious data reported by the oil industry.
Finally Production Data is examined in Section 5.
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