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Energy / Natural Gas

US Natural Gas Exports, Slowly but Surely

May 23, 2013 at 17:16 | Charles Kennedy

While the hints over the past weeks have favored expanded US natural gas exports, the confirmation of Energy Security Ernest Moniz has delayed a final decision on the process, with…

Doubt Deepens Further Over Polish Shale Gas

May 23, 2013 at 17:08 | Robert M Cutler

Energy companies flocked to Poland after a 2011 US Department of Energy report estimated its shale gas reserves as perhaps the largest in Europe, 22.5 trillion cubic meters, of which…

What 9 Company Hedge Books Are Revealing about the Natural Gas Market

May 23, 2013 at 17:06 | Keith Schaefer

You can see it clear as day in their hedging strategies...Natural gas producers are increasingly bearish on prices for their sector. The numbers tell the tale. …

U.S. Racing Against Shale Gas Clock

May 22, 2013 at 17:06 | Daniel J. Graeber

MIT physicist Ernest Moniz became the new energy secretary this week after sailing through the nomination process relatively unscathed. His appointment comes at a time when U.S. energy production is…

South African Shale Gas Hits Rough Patch

May 22, 2013 at 17:00 | John Daly

“Cheap” shale natural gas domestic production is being touted worldwide as a panacea to expensive energy imports.South Africa is one of the countries investigating the potential of indigenous…

As Natural Gas Prices Rise, Who Stands to Lose the Most?

May 22, 2013 at 16:58 | Robert Rapier

Chemicals and Fertilizer IndustriesIn last week’s post As Natural Gas Prices Rise, Who Benefits the Most?, I discussed the sectors that would benefit from rising natural gas…

Gazprom Finds Little Reason to Celebrate on its 20th Birthday

May 21, 2013 at 17:02 | RFE/RL staff

Russia's biggest company turned 20 this year. But at Gazprom, there appears to be little cause for celebration. The state-controlled natural gas monopoly, which was established as a…

Polish Shale Gas Hopes Hit Major Roadblock

May 20, 2013 at 16:38 | John Daly

Since the December 1991 fragmentation of the Soviet Union, no issue has divided the post-Soviet states and its former Eastern and Central European colonies than energy issues. As the post-Soviet…

LNG Exports: Obama Sides with the Oil & Gas Industry

May 20, 2013 at 16:36 | Wolf Richter

It was announced Friday afternoon, when no one was supposed to pay attention: after years of controversy, heated rhetoric, intense lobbying, and stiff opposition from some unlikely bedfellows, with multinational…

For Fracking, Much Regulatory Ado about Nothing

May 17, 2013 at 17:22 | Daniel J. Graeber

The U.S. Energy Department last week said it gave conditional authority for a facility in Texas to eventually export liquefied natural gas. New drilling technologies mean the United States could…

Natural Gas – The “Slow Process that's Gathering Speed”

May 17, 2013 at 17:16 | Keith Schaefer

The U.S. dollar hasn't had the same impact on the natural gas price like it has for oil, copper, and other commodity prices.What's different, says technical analyst and…

US LNG Exports … Who We Like

May 17, 2013 at 14:29 | James Stafford

This is it … the US Department of Energy is expected to decide on US natural gas exports this summer, and President Barack Obama has already suggested that the US…

URUGUAY: Regasification Plant Heralds Major LNG Ambitions

May 17, 2013 at 14:08 | Editorial Dept

Bottom line: With final plans for a regasification plant in the Montevideo Bay approved, Uruguay is aggressively working to position itself as an energy hub despite a lack of conventional…

Study Finds no Trace of Fracking Fluid in Arkansas Drinking Water

May 16, 2013 at 16:52 | Futurity

Samples from drinking water wells show no evidence of groundwater contamination from shale gas production in Arkansas.“Our results show no discernible impairment of groundwater quality in areas associated…

As Natural Gas Prices Rise, Who Benefits the Most?

May 15, 2013 at 16:47 | Robert Rapier

Over the past two years the spot price of natural gas fell from nearly $5 per million British thermal units (MMBtu) in June 2011 to less than $2 per MMBtu…

Survey Shows Public Support Fracking, but Only with Tighter Regulation

May 15, 2013 at 16:44 | Futurity

Most Michigan and Pennsylvania residents say hydrofracking is good for the economy, but also have concerns about chemicals used and other environmental risks, a new survey shows.Fracking is…

Exporting U.S. Natural Gas: Yes or No?

May 13, 2013 at 16:58 | Ed Dolan

The energy policy topic of the week is whether to export more of America’s newly abundant natural gas. Like any good card-carrying economist, my instincts favor free trade. Other things…

Shell Takes the Lead on Natural Gas, Welcomes the Future of Clean Energy

May 13, 2013 at 16:53 | Energy Digital

One of the world's largest oil companies takes more stock in cleaner sources of fuel, leading America to energy independence.As the global population reaches nearly nine billion people…

US: Towards Net Gas Exporting

May 10, 2013 at 15:16 | Editorial Dept

Bottom Line: The debate over whether the US should become a net gas exporter moved towards the proponents last weekend, following remarks made by US President Barack Obama during a…

No "Peak Natural Gas" Anytime Soon

May 09, 2013 at 17:09 | Robert M Cutler

One does not hear much these days about "peak oil", as new technologies are developed and implemented that, together with market conditions, make feasible the exploitation of previously uneconomical or…

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