natural gas


Mon February 25, 2013

Natural gas still cheaper than 2011 but prices, futures up 12% in 2012

Analysis from the the U.S. Energy Information Administration concludes that natural gas was the only energy commodity to see a significant price change last year, when compared to electricity, coal and crude oil prices which fell over the same period.

In an Energy in Brief report released on Monday, natural gas prices showed a 12% increase between January 1 and December 31 in 2012.

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Fri February 15, 2013

VT - NY natural gas pipeline stirs debate

Hinesburg, VT residents discuss pipeline routes with VT Gas representatives at a public meeting last month.
Credit Sarah Harris / NCPR

At a public meeting in Hinesburg, Vt. last month, residents crowded into the town hall to ask questions about a natural gas pipeline that might be going through their community.  

Mark Ames wasn’t too happy.

"I’m not interested in having a gas line either through in front of my house, 20 feet in front of my house, or behind my house, through my fields," he said. 

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Tue February 12, 2013

FrackNation film screening takes bizarre turn

A promo for FrackNation:

After Josh Fox's 2010 documentary, Gasland, was nominated for an Oscar and galvanized an environmental movement to ban fracking, an Irish filmmaker named Phelim McAleer has now come out with a rebuttal.

About 200 people turned out for a screening of McAleer's pro-gas documentary FrackNation in Albany last night, and the filmmaker was on hand to take questions from the audience.

But the evening took a bizarre turn when McAleer started talking about gay rights and equated buying foreign energy to supporting "a country that hangs gay people."

"When was the last time someone was hung in Pennsylvania for being gay?" McAleer asked the crowd.

"I don't think we're here to talk about gays," said a woman in the audience.

"Look, give your money to Saudi Arabia," replied McAleer, "Hang the gays tomorrow. That should be the slogan."

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Mon October 22, 2012

Standard & Poor's: Marcellus transforming U.S. energy industry

According to a report issued last week by Standard & Poor's:

  • natural gas production in the Marcellus Shale will outpace production in the rest of the U.S. because of its proximity to Northeastern markets.
  • pipelines carrying natural gas from the West and Canada to cities in the Northeast will eventually be replaced by pipelines carrying gas in the opposite direction.
  • in about a year, when natural gas prices have risen to around $3.50, producers will return to the Marcellus first. The rate of return for "wet" gas produced in the Marcellus will be almost three-times higher than its closest competitor.

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Thu October 18, 2012
Winter Energy Prices

Winter energy bills will be up, especially if you use oil

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With a return to normal winter weather predicted, you can expect to see about $80 more on your five-months-of-winter heating bill than you did last season, despite lower natural gas prices. The exception will be New York customers heating their homes with oil who are now paying about three times more for that commodity than those burning natural gas.

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