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The Natural Gas Game

  • The Fracking of America Wednesday, 20 Jun 2012 | 9:34 AM ET
    Men work on a natural gas valve at a hydraulic fracturing site.

    It's almost impossible to overestimate the importance of fracking to the natural gas industry and the nation. It's also difficult to understate the controversy surrounding the environmental issues.  Our special report, "Who's Winning the Natural Gas Game?," addresses both

The Big Picture

  • The Math Behind the 100-Year Supply Debate Wednesday, 20 Jun 2012 | 10:17 AM ET

    President Obama has said the U.S. has a supply of natural gas to last nearly 100 years. But it turns out geologists and other researchers disagree on that supply figure, which has huge implications for America's energy policy.

  • Fracking Brings Riches and Reservations Wednesday, 20 Jun 2012 | 9:41 AM ET
    hydraulic fracturing process

    Amid cries for energy independence, fracking has become crucial to taking advantage of previously untapped resources. Take a closer look at hydraulic fracturing, and why the technology has become so important and controversial.

  • Can the Natural Gas Sector Save the US Economy? Wednesday, 20 Jun 2012 | 9:41 AM ET
    A hydraulic fracturing site

    Natural gas's real potential for economic impact lies in the vast reservoirs of shale gas that are newly accessible through hydraulic fracturing.

  • Should Government Get Involved in the Boom? Wednesday, 20 Jun 2012 | 9:34 AM ET

    Other countries have invested billions in alternative fuels, from Brazil's government-sponsored soybean-ethanol push to France's headlong expansion of nuclear power after the oil shocks of the 1970s. Should the U.S. do the same? 

The Business

  • Nat Gas Prices Droop but Capital Spending Surges Wednesday, 20 Jun 2012 | 9:42 AM ET
    Engineer testing natural gas pipeline.

    U.S. energy producers' ability to pull natural gas from shale may have contributed to a price-dampening oversupply for now, but it’s also triggering tens of billions of dollars in capital investments.

  • Big Players Poised for Big Payoff Wednesday, 20 Jun 2012 | 9:36 AM ET
    Men work on a natural gas valve at a hydraulic fracturing site.

    The natural gas industry may be hurting from rock-bottom prices now but if allowed to fully exploit the shale-gas boom, there may be few losers and many winners in the years to come.

  • Domestic Critics Slow Potential LNG Export Boom Wednesday, 20 Jun 2012 | 9:35 AM ET

    Heated debate over the impact of  liquefied natural gas exports on domestic prices is threatening to derail them at a crucial time for the U.S. industry.

  • Groundbreaking Tech Begets a Clean-Up Industry Wednesday, 20 Jun 2012 | 9:42 AM ET
    An OriginOil flocculation unit

    The U.S. natural gas boom has kicked off a gold rush among companies trying to cash in on minimizing the industry’s environmental footprint.

The Economy

  • Fracking Would Revive Texas' Energy-Patch Glory Wednesday, 20 Jun 2012 | 9:37 AM ET
    drilling equipment

    Natural gas has often taken a backseat to crude oil in the Texas energy business, but the advent of fracking shale gas has given it star billing in the Lone Star State — and the nation.

  • Fear and Loathing Over Fracking in Some States Wednesday, 20 Jun 2012 | 9:38 AM ET

    There’s ongoing concern about potential health risks associated with natural gas fracking. More communities are publicly opposing the drilling activity, while the industry maintains the technology augers needed energy and manufacturing jobs.

  • Bounty Could Make or Break Other Industries Wednesday, 20 Jun 2012 | 9:33 AM ET
    Dow Chemical

    The proliferation of fracking and the likelihood of a long-running, shale-gas boom are destined to make winners and losers out of a lot of industries beyond the energy sector.

  • Natural Gas: A Raging Bull in its Battle with Coal Wednesday, 20 Jun 2012 | 9:39 AM ET
    AEP’s Philip Sporn coal-fired power plant in West Virginia. It was partially retired in 2011 and is slated to be entirely mothballed by 2016.

    Environmental issues aside,  the economics of natural gas may have already dethroned coal as the nation's key source of electrical power.

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  • The World's Biggest Oil Reserves Monday, 5 Mar 2012 | 2:08 PM ET
    Heat rises from stacks at the Chevron refinery in Richmond, California.

    With the most recent data from the Energy Information Administration and the CIA World Factbook, here are the countries with the biggest proven oil reserves.

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