natural gas 2013
The U.S. natural gas industry is undergoing seismic changes that are inverting the traditional gas supply-and-demand map of the United States - literally redrawing it.
And this offers the opportunity to make even more money than before for those who know how to invest in natural gas today.To continue reading, please click here...
The Most Unlikely Beneficiary of the Natural Gas Boom
An array of energy's sub-industries are making a fortune from America's natural gas boom.
Rigs, pipelines, rail, wastewater treatment, trucking, seismic imaging, well-site security... And a lot more opportunity is on the way, like the deal Kent just uncovered.
But perhaps the most unlikely beneficiary of the shale revolution is the coal industry.
After all, "King Coal" has been dethroned in recent years by the swelling supply - and bargain prices - of clean-burning natural gas. Indeed, thermal coal at the Australian port of Newcastle, the Asian benchmark price, is currently near lows not seen since November 2009.
Australian producers have especially been struggling. They've been cutting costs and paring back production because U.S. and large project financiers like the World Bank are pulling away from coal projects.
And overall, ever-increasing environmental regulation is discouraging coal-powered electricity.
But the dynamic is suddenly changing.That's why these $19 coal shares could jump to $26...
Gasland Round II: Natural Gas Companies Under Fire Again (This Time, From a Hose)
Documentaries frequently succeed in visually portraying the inconceivable better than any other form of story-telling. Eye-opening and shocking, many spark controversial conversations even before they air.
Such is the case with Josh Fox's Gasland Part II.
The sequel, a follow up to Fox's 2010 documentary Gasland, a film that focused on U.S. communities impacted by natural gas companies' drilling - specifically fracking - debuts Monday night on HBO.
Critical reviews run the gamut from "lies" to "pure fiction."
The first film moved scores of eager environmentalists and "fracktivists" to speak out against natural gas drilling across the United States.
Natural gas companies/fracking supporters loudly lashed out in rebuttal.
They claimed many scenes in the film, including a Colorado landowner setting his tap water on fire in what has become known as the iconic flaming faucet scene, are misleading.
Critics cite studies claiming that area residents had reported flammable tap water for decades.
Reports claim that two years before the release of Gasland, Colorado regulators investigated that very case and determined hydraulic fracking and oil and gas development has nothing to do with it.
"There are no indications of oil & gas related impacts to water well," read the Colorado Oil and Gas Conversation Commission report.
Fox failed to inform viewers of that fact saying he didn't deem it relevant. But it is relevant when it questions the validity of the film's signature scene, and the entire film's credibility.
Following Gasland's release, COGCC stated yet again that the landowner's water well "contained biogenic gas that was not related to oil and gas activity."
The Next Famous "Flaming Faucet"
As for Gasland Part II's shocker, a man in Parker County, Texas is filmed lighting the end of a garden hose on fire. The implication is that gas drilling is to blame.
The image mimics the legendary short from the first one, but isn't apt to have the same impact if this court ruling gets out...
The Misunderstood Link Between Oil, Natural Gas and Inflation
According to conventional wisdom, there can't be a significant rise in inflation without a corresponding, and usually preceding, jump in energy prices.
In fact, the correlation between energy prices and inflation has become almost a mantra among some market pundits.
Unfortunately, the reality is somewhat different than what's portrayed by talking heads in thirty- second sound bites.
As with most complicated problems, the answer just isn't that simple. Â
While the energy sector stretches from hydrocarbons, through alternatives, to the renewed interest in solar, wind, geothermal and biofuels, it is the dominant force in the sector that tends to drive the markets.
That means crude oil and natural gas.
The Hottest 2013 Natural Gas Story You've Never Heard
The story for natural gas companies in 2013 is an improving one.
As Money Morning Global Energy Strategist Dr. Kent Moors explained last month, he believes natural gas prices in the U.S. will come back strong next year.
But the natural gas story is not just an American one.
Ask the average energy executive what region he or she is really excited about today and the answer you will get is one that was not even on many companies' radar a few short years ago - and one of which many investors are unaware.
2013 could be the year when investors become aware of the vast potential of the prolific natural gas fields in this region, potential that will be unlocked when gas from those fields is someday turned into liquefied natural gas (LNG) and sold to the energy-hungry markets of Asia.
I'm talking about the offshore waters of East Africa.