September 2011, Vol. 238 No. 9

Features

Natural Gas Price Picture May Change By Late 2012

The natural gas market today is a completely different market from that of just three years ago. A shortage of supplies has turned into an overabundance, and production continues to outpace demand. In July 2008, the price of natural gas in Louisiana was close to $14 per MMBtu, and according to the Energy Information Administration (EIA), natural gas production levels in the Lower 48 states was 62.78 Bcf/d. Today, the price of natural gas in Louisiana is hovering around $4 per MMBtu, and natural gas production levels in the Lower 48 states have climbed to over 69 Bcf/d. Historically, as natural gas prices decline, producers curtail drilling efforts, which in turn leads to falling

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