6 Factors Affecting Natural Gas Prices (And 1 That’s Raising Them Now)

These six factors affecting natural gas prices can change with the season, influencing business and consumer buying decisions. Find out the one that’s raising them now.

Ghost towns in shale plays back from the dead. Will they last?

  "Ghost towns may not stay dead with oil nearby, but when energy money leaves, warmer places are likelier to survive." I recently read an interesting article that former ghost town Helena, Texas is back from the dead thanks to the shale boom. For anyone that visits these shale plays in Texas, and similarly in North Dakota, its quite obvious how overwhelmed little towns previously left for dead are at accommodating the population boom. Do the community leaders and entrepreneurs build out infrastructure made to last, or just try to weather the storm? The answer, obviously, depends on how long the interlopers stay. The phrase “ghost town” conjures images of rolling tumbleweed, shattered wooden storefronts, and deserted streets. One almost expects to see a spirit rising up out of a dry well or haunting the saloon where, perhaps, it died in a bar fight. The one thing you don’t expect is to hear that the ghost town is making a rebound and doin’ fine. Yet that’s exa

EXIM Bank Charter Renewed, for Now

The House of Representatives leadership decided not to decide, in the manner of true lame duck session. Rather than voting to extend the charter for the Export-Import Bank of the United States, which was set to expire on the last day of September, instead Congress, indicating little more than a soft commitment, extended the charter for nine months to June 30, 2015. This decision was much to the chagrin of the House Tea-Party coalition, which believes the Ex-Im Bank is nothing but corporate welfare and an unnecessary burden on U.S. taxpayers. The Ex-Im Bank helps finance loans to foreign companies that want to import American goods back to their own countries. The Ex-Im Bank will finance these foreign countries or businesses at a very low interest rate, so foreign countries and businesses win, as do the American companies they’re buying products from. According to one accounting matrix, the bank made a profit of $1.1 billion in fiscal year 2013 and gave that profit to the Treasury. C

Dual-fuel kits help reduce Eagle Ford emmissions

Texas is a large state. Everything about Texas comes super sized, including the Eagle Ford Shale Play – it is the biggest single development project in the great state of Texas. My company, Worldwide Power Products (WPP), is in Houston. As its vice president, I follow the happenings at Eagle Ford carefully. One aspect of the play as it undergoes development is the commitment of the stakeholders to disrupt the environment as little as possible. This effort includes curtailing emissions from power generator equipment and diesel motors. It is an area of concern out in the production fields where WPP helps oil and gas producers meet their commitment to cleaner sources of energy. As a worldwide provider of engines and power generator to oil and gas developers around the globe, we recently signed a partnership arrangement with GFS Corporation, a company that makes bi-fuel kits that once fitted on a diesel generator or engine allows it to accept natural gas as a fuel. Once installed, the

Shale Gas: Not Made in China

While “Made in China” may be as ubiquitous a brand as Coca Cola, shale gas exports from China, at least for now, won’t measure up like toys and footwear. With possibly the planet's largest amount of technically recoverable shale gas resources, China has been looking forward to making a name for itself in the shale gas business. In 2013 China ranked 3rd in natural gas usage in the world, with a whopping 166 billion cubic meters consumed. But it appears as if early attempts to reach their 2020 fuel goals have proved to be much harder than original estimates and now China is looking to recover from crazy, obviously unattainable initial goals. Trouble Breaking the Barrier When it comes to breaking ground, it seems that China's government may have had eyes that were much bigger than their resources could handle. In 2012 China's National Energy Administration set a very large goal of pumping somewhere between 60 to 80 billion cubic meters (bcm) of shale gas by the year 2020. Disappo

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