Thursday, October 13, 2011

Musings: NPC Is Extremely Optimistic About Natural Gas....If...

The National Petroleum Council [NPC] produced a draft report in mid September about the potential of North America's energy markets. The report titled: 'Prudent Development: Realizing the Potential of North America's Abundant Natural Gas and Oil Resources' highlights the prolific oil and gas resources available that may dramatically change the trend in domestic energy markets.

Although the report has not been officially reviewed by the NPC, which reserves the right to make significant changes to the draft report's conclusions (something we are not aware the NPC has ever done with previous reports), the message is that North America could become energy self sufficient, and possibly even an exporter of natural gas.

The message is that North America could become energy self sufficient, and possibly even an exporter of natural gas.

The report contained four conclusions about natural gas and oil and their impact on America's energy future. The conclusions were:

1) "the potential supply of North American natural gas is far bigger than was thought even a few years ago;"

2) "perhaps surprising to many – America's oil resources are also proving to be much larger than previously thought;"

3) "we need these natural gas and oil resources even as efficiency reduces energy demand and alternatives become more economically available on a large scale;" and

4) "realizing the benefits of natural gas and oil depends on environmentally responsible development." It is this latter conclusion that becomes the big "IF" in how America's and North America's energy market evolves.

Read the entire article at "Musings: NPC Is Extremely Optimistic About Natural Gas, If..."

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