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Oil and Gas Natural Gas Prices

  • Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, forces natural gas and crude oil out of shale buried deep below the earth by using highly pressurized and treated water.The idea of fracking dates back to the 1860’s. But modern fracking really started in 1947 and with technological advancements in the past 15 years, it’s become a standard industry method to access natural gas in particular.To say that fracking is a controversial method would be an understatement. While many industry analysts argue it is it a s

    While many industry analysts argue that fracking is a safe and efficient way to tap a bountiful energy source, many environmentalists disagree.

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    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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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

  • 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

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    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? 

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    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.

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    Proponents say proper technology for fracking is already in place, but opponents worry about water contamination. What do you think?

  • Istanbul's Arasta Bazaar

    Though Turkey was one of several countries to receive a temporary waiver from U.S. sanctions, it is looking to Saudi Arabia and Libya for crude oil, as well as a number of other energy sources.

  • MarkWest Has Been Dragged Down With Oil

    Shares of MarkWest Energy Partners are down 17% since the beginning of May, and the company's chairman & CEO Frank Semple, discusses master limited partnerships and the company's growing income from fee-based contracts.

  • Jim Cramer

    The only course of action that makes sense for investors right now is one that has nothing to do with Europe, “Mad Money” host Jim Cramer said Monday.

  • Hopping on the Cheap Nat Gas Bandwagon?

    In this "topsy-turvy" market, investors need to search for trends they can count on, with Mad Money host Jim Cramer.

  • Steve Blank

    In an interview with CNBC, entrepreneur Steve Blank discusses the many businesses he's been involved with in his illustrious career.

  • Top Trades If the Euro Zone Sticks Together

    Natural gas is spiking 7% today, with Jeff Kilburg, Kilburg Capital; and discussing top trades tied to the latest regime changes in Europe, with Anthony Scaramucci, SkyBridge. Also, Amelia Bourdeau, Westpac Institutional Bank, offers insight on how to trade the sliding euro.

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    Expectations that air conditioning usage will be cranked up this week in a big swatch of the U.S. helped drive natural gas futures up more than 7 percent Monday, to the highest level since late May.

  • Have Nat Gas & Coal Stocks Hit Bottom?

    Mike Harris, Campbell & Company, checks the charts for a technical play on natural gas and how to trade the energy space, with the FMHR crew. Paul Forward, Stifel Nicolaus analyst, explains why it is "time to be cautious" on coal stocks and the best way to play the sector.

  • Gregory L. Ebel, CEO of Spectra Energy, chats with Cramer.

  • Natural Gas

    Natural gas futures surged over 12 percent on Thursday, topping $2.46 per million British Thermal Units (BTUs), after an unexpectedly bullish storage report helped prices rally above key technical levels.