Consumer Information

  • Natural Gas Exports Could Increase Prices

    In a move that could increase natural gas prices, the U.S. Department of Energy recently granted final approval for a California based company to export natural gas to Asia, where prices are four times those in the United States, according to an article in The Oklahoman. The approval authorizes Sempra Energy to build its Cameron […]
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  • Limited Water Presents Challenge for Natural Gas Fracking

    To extract natural gas from shale rock deep underground producers must use millions of gallons of water for fracking, but much of the world’s natural gas is in regions where water is already scarce, according to an article in the Los Angeles Times. “Natural gas from shale formations, long inaccessible because of their geology, has […]
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  • Administration Moves to Reduce Natural Gas Emissions

    The Obama administration this week announced initiatives meant to reduce the amount of methane escaping from the nation’s natural gas pipelines, after a government report faulted little to plug the leaks, according to an article in the Houston Chronicle. The administrative actions include a new research and development program aimed at devising better ways to […]
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  • Massachusetts Law Targets Gas Leak Danger

    Massachusetts is taking steps to require natural gas utilities to repair leaks in their underground pipelines that threaten public safety, pollute the environment, and cost ratepayers millions of dollars a year, according to an article on WAMC.com. The utilities previously had been allowed to leave leaking gas mains unrepaired, and the new law, although touted […]
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  • Are Natural Gas Prices Poised to Rise?

    Natural gas prices could increase and remain volatile due to surging demand and lingering effects from the brutally cold winter, according to recent news reports. The Motley Fool reports that natural gas demand is increasing rapidly, and suppliers could get caught shorthanded. “With natural gas inventories plunging to 11-year lows last week, the market needs […]
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