Slug sees signs of life among mid-tiers

IT'S not easy being small in a big industry, so when Slugcatcher took a deep dive into the oil pool occupied by Australia's mid-tier petroleum producers and exploration minnows he was pleased to discover that life has returned after two years in the sin bin.

Most of the minor energy stocks remain a country mile short of their 12-month share price highs, which is to be expected, but a number are also well off the bottom as interest returns to an almost