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Natural Gas: Transport Or Export?

Seeking Alpha -- In spite of surging US oil production, average gasoline prices in 2012 were the highest on record ($3.37/gal). This was a result of three primary factors:

US companies are allowed to export refined product
US gasoline is therefore priced off of International oil prices (Brent)
Average Brent prices also averaged a record high in 2012

Meanwhile, US domestic natural gas prices continue to sell at a huge discount to worldwide oil and natural gas prices. This is summarized by the historical price chart below (courtesy of Argus):

Clearly US natural gas reserves, combined with its 2 million+ miles of natural gas pipelines which distribute it to every major city and 63 million homes, is a huge economic advantage for America. Some believe it to be this country's #1 economic advantage ove


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Straitliner
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Message Posted: Feb 25, 2013 6:26:50 AM

Okay.
bvrbill
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Message Posted: Feb 24, 2013 11:07:34 PM

No one is looking out for what is best for middle class Americans. Not big oil. Not our elected officials.
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Message Posted: Feb 24, 2013 1:06:03 PM

The cost of natural gas is too low compared to prices outside the US. A healthy price will promote more exploration.
fuel2use
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Message Posted: Feb 24, 2013 12:17:11 PM

Cost a lot to hook up to.
streetdesign
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Message Posted: Feb 24, 2013 10:56:35 AM

Does not make any sense but that doesn't matter. Natural gas is cheaper now but speculators and greed will eventually find it's way into pricing. Sad but true.
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Message Posted: Feb 24, 2013 7:56:53 AM

A lot of greed and B S, o yes, and devalued dollars at play here.
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Message Posted: Feb 24, 2013 7:38:22 AM

and what can we do???? NOTHING.......
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Message Posted: Feb 24, 2013 7:31:36 AM

We will have no say in this
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Message Posted: Feb 24, 2013 7:28:06 AM

Burn!
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Message Posted: Feb 24, 2013 6:11:57 AM

no petroleum product exports period i say
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Message Posted: Feb 24, 2013 5:43:54 AM

Need for NG vehicles now.
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Message Posted: Feb 24, 2013 1:39:25 AM

why not take care of our own before exporting.
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Message Posted: Feb 24, 2013 1:30:32 AM

As a Canadian, it should be noted that a lot of our natural gas is already exported to the USA.
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Message Posted: Feb 24, 2013 1:29:03 AM

right on snagged, keep it here.
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Message Posted: Feb 24, 2013 1:28:20 AM

We should sell it in the US until all needs are met before exporting.
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Message Posted: Feb 24, 2013 1:26:17 AM


That article is spot on. Our elected leaders are all bought and paid for so us regular folks don't have a chance. This country will squander away yet another opportunity to improve it's economy -and- the environment at the same time!

When (not if) gas prices go up and power companies start going back to using coal, all of our electric bills will go up due to the costs of smoke reduction equipment and those new carbon credits that power companies must now buy. Guess who uses lots of electricity? Factories. Gives them yet another reason to send jobs out of the US.

Don't expect wind and solar to make up the difference either. How many years have wind/solar been around? How many coal or gas power plants have been able to shut down because wind/solar was making up the difference?

And just wait until there is a disaster at an LNG export facility where they pump the stuff into cargo ships. It will make the BP oil spill look like a day at the beach. Remember the recent disaster where a natural gas pipeline exploded and took out an entire neighborhood? That was just one ruptured pipe.
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Message Posted: Feb 24, 2013 1:24:29 AM

Keep it here and continue building infrastructure to expand into automotive industries.
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Message Posted: Feb 24, 2013 1:24:21 AM

Stop subsidies until All refined product stays here!
snagged
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Message Posted: Feb 24, 2013 1:23:53 AM

The worst blog I've seen. This was written by Obama. Yuk
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Message Posted: Feb 24, 2013 1:22:55 AM

it depends on the demand and supply
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Message Posted: Feb 24, 2013 1:20:12 AM

I've always liked Seeking Alpha.
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Message Posted: Feb 24, 2013 1:19:47 AM

Natural gas is already making inroads into the transportation industry. Its biggest drawback at this point is the lack of a public infrastructure to refuel natural gas vehicles. With the relative price so low compared to gasoline and diesel, the potential savings will provide the funding that will build that infrastructure until natural gas stations are as readily available as diesel (the primary fuel it will replace).
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Message Posted: Feb 24, 2013 1:19:08 AM

Ok
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Message Posted: Feb 24, 2013 1:18:54 AM

Nah - keep it here.
hawkman74
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Message Posted: Feb 24, 2013 1:18:07 AM

Could we join opec ?
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Message Posted: Feb 24, 2013 1:17:57 AM

Ok
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Message Posted: Feb 24, 2013 1:15:23 AM

Take our oil off the Stock Market. That should lower the prices at the pump. Drill for, refine, keep and use our gas, natural gas, all oil products here, any excess can be exported.
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Message Posted: Feb 24, 2013 1:14:57 AM

stop exporting gas, points to oil company greed
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Message Posted: Feb 24, 2013 1:14:39 AM

Keep it here.
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Message Posted: Feb 24, 2013 1:12:38 AM

hmmm
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Message Posted: Feb 24, 2013 1:11:28 AM

It ain't natural. Ban fracking.
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Message Posted: Feb 24, 2013 1:09:56 AM

Drill here keep here & only sell any excess product!!!
10k
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Message Posted: Feb 24, 2013 1:09:26 AM

RENEGADE: great point..
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Message Posted: Feb 24, 2013 1:08:33 AM

Both
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Message Posted: Feb 24, 2013 1:07:06 AM

At these prices, the customers will stop buying more than just what is necessary.
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Message Posted: Feb 24, 2013 1:06:45 AM

Good article
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Message Posted: Feb 24, 2013 1:05:29 AM

We'll see. Hopefully someone will take corrective action if necessary.
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Message Posted: Feb 24, 2013 1:04:37 AM

ok.
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Message Posted: Feb 24, 2013 1:03:25 AM

Dont matter to me as we dont use it. Just keep in mind, we only have about 100 years of natural gas as of last year and thats based on the usage rate of last year as well. The more things we convert to natural gas and the more we use it the less time we will have it.
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Message Posted: Feb 24, 2013 1:03:19 AM

Both
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Message Posted: Feb 24, 2013 1:01:40 AM

Both.
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Message Posted: Feb 24, 2013 1:00:11 AM

Export for profit...
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Message Posted: Feb 24, 2013 12:59:03 AM

Reading comments, ????
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Message Posted: Feb 24, 2013 12:58:39 AM

It's a matter of who will pay more.
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Message Posted: Feb 24, 2013 12:55:55 AM

it should keep it in house to lower gas prices, if we have extra, then export...
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Message Posted: Feb 24, 2013 12:54:51 AM

i wander why the price is going up
DrGasPain
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Message Posted: Feb 24, 2013 12:54:13 AM

I think the answer has to be both, but how much?
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Message Posted: Feb 24, 2013 12:53:29 AM

Yes and no.
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Message Posted: Feb 24, 2013 12:52:21 AM

Here's a hint: we're not gonna get any
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Message Posted: Feb 24, 2013 12:48:28 AM

The answer is determined with the profit.
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Blah blah
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