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Energy / Natural Gas

Two International Natural Gas Opportunities

Sep 27, 2010 at 12:08 | Dave Forest

The European Union is taking a serious look at natural gas. Last week, the EU ratified a "gas solidarity" bill for Europe. The measure is aimed at ensuring steady and…

Natural Gas: Does Hydraulic Fracturing Really Cause Earthquakes

Sep 27, 2010 at 09:34 | Professor Chris Rhodes

It is concluded that a "plausible cause" of a series of small earthquakes in Texas during 2008 - 2009 is saltwater pumped deep into the earth to recover natural gas,…

Natural Gas: As Bad as It Seems?

Sep 20, 2010 at 12:25 | Dave Forest

Hedge funds are dumping natural gas. The most recent Commitments of Traders report in the U.S. shows that bets on natgas by funds dropped 16% in the week ended September…

Turning $25 of Natural Gas into a $75 Barrel of Oil?

Sep 20, 2010 at 09:00 | Al Fin

Natural gas costs about 1/3 the cost of oil in terms of energy content (see graph). What if we could convert natural gas into long chain hydrocarbons and high value…

So You Want to Build a Natural Gas Sector

Sep 09, 2010 at 12:45 | Dave Forest

Investors aren't too excited about natural gas these days. The lack of enthusiasm is understandable, with front-month NYMEX natgas prices having sagged below $4/mcf. But another group globally seems to…

Is the UNG Going Under?

Sep 03, 2010 at 17:01 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

The poster boy for everything that can go wrong with an ETF is undoubtedly the United States Natural Gas Fund (UNG). If you had studiously done all of your homework…

Turkmenistan’s New Energy Policy Shows a Clear preference for China and the West

Aug 24, 2010 at 13:04 | ISN Security Watch

Turkmenistan, so key to the energy plans of so many, had long shown its readiness to break Russia's stranglehold on its gas and oil exports. But Ashgabat has offered few…

Peabody Energy (BTU) Takes a Hatchet to the Natural Gas Industry

Aug 23, 2010 at 11:19 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

After my year in the White House Press Corps, I vowed never to return, and took a really long shower, hoping to scrub every last spec of prejudice, self interest,…

Is European Shale Gas the Real Deal

Aug 16, 2010 at 10:26 | Dave Forest

Oilfield services major Halliburton said late last week it has completed the first hydraulic fracture (frac) on a horizontal shale gas well in Poland. The Markowola-1 well was drilled 50…

Creating and Harvesting Natural Gas

Aug 13, 2010 at 10:09 | Brian Westenhaus

Luca Technologies harnesses natural processes to sustainably produce natural gas.  The Golden, Colo. based company has developed a process to generate and then extract more natural gas from depleted…

Where Are the Best Natgas Prices in America?

Aug 12, 2010 at 11:43 | Dave Forest

Florida. At least they were last week. City-gate natural gas prices in the Sunshine State briefly hit $14 per MMBtu last Thursday. A level not seen for many years in…

Europe Faces Tough Choices Over Natural gas

Aug 07, 2010 at 09:10 | The Oil Drum

In Europe, natural gas has great importance. Many people believe (some countries even instituted policies) that it will be the fuel that will become the bridge to an energy future…

Natural Gas Royalties and Chaos Theory

Jul 28, 2010 at 05:35 | Dave Forest

We all know the famous (and oversimplified) explanation of chaos theory. If a butterfly flaps in Moscow, it creates typhoons in Manila. The basic point being there are no closed…

Shale Gas Enthusiasm Drove Energy Deals in Second Quarter

Jul 21, 2010 at 08:20 | Darrell Delamaide

Interest in U.S. shale gas propelled mergers and acquisitions in the oil and gas production sector to $42 billion in the second quarter, the second-most active quarter in the past…

Shale Gas and LNG

Jul 09, 2010 at 06:37 | Dave Forest

This week, Australia's Beach Energy signed an MOU with Japanese commodities brokers Itochu to examine the possibility of building an LNG plant fed by shale gas from Beach's tenements in…

Can Shale Gas Really Deliver?

Jun 26, 2010 at 09:31 | Claudio Guler

Unconventional gas – pockets of underground natural gas found in hard-to-reach places – comes from several sources, coalbed methane (CBM) and tight gas sands among them. None, however, are raising…

Power to the People: The Dash for Gas

Jun 23, 2010 at 08:37 | Dave Forest

Sometimes pictures really are as valuable as the old saying suggests. Going through my e-pile this week, I was struck by the image below from the Baker Institute. The picture…

U.S. Gas Producer Taps Sovereign Funds Amid Offshore Oil Anxiety

Jun 23, 2010 at 08:21 | Darrell Delamaide

Chesapeake Energy, a leading U.S. producer of shale gas, found plenty of willing buyers for its latest private placement as sovereign wealth funds in Asia expressed concern about the future…

Natural Gas Indigestion

Jun 22, 2010 at 08:39 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

I always thought that a great strategy for a new hedge fund would be to only buy positions from existing hedge funds that were blowing up. That fund would buy…

Energy Analyst Urges New Approach In Egyptian Offshore Production

Jun 20, 2010 at 21:25 | Fawzia Sheikh

Although a recent U.S. government survey outlines the rich potential of offshore Egypt's natural gas reserves, the North African country is yet to offer attractive investment terms to companies carrying…

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