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Energy / Natural Gas

Natural Gas Analysis for the Week of February 13, 2012

Feb 13, 2012 at 12:33 | FX Empire

Last week, April Natural Gas traded in an inside range, indicating that it may be going through a transition period. This should come as no surprise to chart watchers because…

Companies Closing Shale Operations: Where Does the Industry Go from Here?

Feb 09, 2012 at 17:19 | The Oil Drum

On January 23, 2012, Chesapeake Energy announced that it would curtail drilling in shale gas plays in the United States. Subsequently, other operators have followed suit. While the outcome…

The Important Roles of Risk and Stealth in the Eagle Ford Shale Discovery

Feb 08, 2012 at 17:39 | James Burgess

The Eagle Ford Shale is one of the biggest shale fields in the world and one of the biggest developments in Texan oil and gas for decades; and it all…

Two Natural Gas Kings: Russia and Qatar

Feb 08, 2012 at 11:09 | Ferdinand E. Banks

In my forthcoming energy economics textbook (2012), the two natural gas kings are three –  Russia,  Qatar and Iran –  while if I were beginning that book today, I would…

End of the Boom: The True State of the Shale Gas Industry

Feb 07, 2012 at 17:31 | Kurt Cobb

Estimates for recoverable shale gas just keep falling. Last year, the Potential Gas Committee, an industry consortium that focuses on long-term projections, estimated that recoverable natural gas from shale…

Russia Behind Bulgarian Anti-Fracking Protests?

Feb 04, 2012 at 12:20 | John Daly

Pity the poor Eastern Europeans. Fifty years under the domination of their massive Soviet eastern neighbor then the collapse of Communism there two decades ago offered undreamed of opportunities to…

Turf War with Ukraine Means Gazprom May Send More Gas Though Belarus

Jan 30, 2012 at 17:39 | Daniel J. Graeber

Russian gas monopoly Gazprom announced it could increase the amount of natural gas it would send to its European consumers through the transit system in Belarus this year. Ukraine currently…

Bolivia Expropriates Consortium’s Holdings of Natural Gas Bloc

Jan 29, 2012 at 19:53 | John Daly

Energy rich, capital poor countries have few options when seeking to develop their resources than to partner with international energy company giants on whatever terms they offer, however iniquitous they…

Poland Gives Green Light to Massive Fracking Efforts

Jan 26, 2012 at 17:50 | John Daly

There is perhaps no more controversial energy source after nuclear than “hydraulic fracturing,” or “fracking,” of subterranean shale deposits containing pockets of natural gas.While the process can liberate…

Peace Pipeline May Finally Have its Day

Jan 24, 2012 at 17:51 | Daniel J. Graeber

Indian and Pakistani officials this week are debating issues related to a natural gas pipeline planned from Turkmenistan. Pakistan's energy minister left Monday for India to hold talks on the…

A New Direction for China's Massive Shale Gas Reserves

Jan 24, 2012 at 17:29 | Keith Schaefer

It's estimated that China holds more natural gas – locked in its huge shale reserve – than the U.S. And while the country hasn't yet begun commercial production, a new…

Why Does Gas Production Remain so High Whilst the Price is so Low?

Jan 23, 2012 at 09:28 | Post Carbon

Natural gas prices have declined to below $3.00/mcf, levels not seen for years, yet the EIA posted the highest gas production ever in October, 2011. U.S. gas production is growing…

The Cold (War) Reality of European Gas

Jan 22, 2012 at 19:54 | Daniel J. Graeber

After sparring with Secretary Clinton over a missile defense shield, Russian officials last year claimed their 2008 war with Georgia blocked NATO ambitions to move east. The saber rattling by…

Waste Management to Convert Entire Fleet to Run on Compressed Natural Gas

Jan 21, 2012 at 10:22 | Tyler Hamilton

Natural gas is inexpensive, seemingly plentiful and much cleaner-burning when used as an alternative to diesel fuel in transportation fleets, so it makes sense that Waste Management is converting its…

Bulgarian Assembly Votes to Ban Hydraulic Fracturing - For Now

Jan 19, 2012 at 18:27 | John Daly

Next to nuclear power, the hydraulic fracturing natural gas extraction technique, more familiarly known as “fracking,” is perhaps the world’s most contentious energy production method. Bulgaria, a former Soviet…

Natural Gas Goes Down in Flames

Jan 16, 2012 at 17:48 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

I received a scratchy and barely audible call from my buddy out in the Barnet natural gas fields just outside of Fort Worth, Texas the other day. With the price…

New Fracking Technology to Bring Huge Supplies of Oil and Gas to the Market

Jan 16, 2012 at 17:40 | Brian Westenhaus

Petroleum reservoir fracturing is set for a major improvement with new technologies going to work miles down from the surface and then out horizontally. Called fracking, the process uses pressure…

What is Clean, Abundant, Affordable and the Best Alternative Energy Source We Have?

Jan 16, 2012 at 07:42 | Barry Stevens

If you answered cold fusion, eeehhhhh! Your time's run out!   If you answered natural gas, have a cigar. Natural gas, for the simple reason that it is one of the…

Should the US Export LNG at the Risk of Increased Domestic Gas Prices?

Jan 16, 2012 at 07:28 | Ag Metal Miner

Capitalism is a wonderful thing. It can create so much wealth, spur so much research and progress that we sometimes take on blind faith that unrestrained pursuit of profit is…

Natural Gas Giants Forced to GTL Production Following Shale Gas Revolution

Jan 09, 2012 at 16:50 | Al Fin

Gas to liquids (GTL) is a capital intensive process of converting natural gas to either diesel (FT) or gasoline (MTG). The countries of the world with the largest reserves of…

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