Naturalgasstocks.com Feature Article: Natural Gas Keeps Burning

Point Roberts, WA (PRWEB) April 21, 2004

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Natural gas continues to burn

Allen Gibson

Extract

: increased demand. Stagnation of the offer. Delivery systems strained.

like a recipe for profit, doesn? he? Well, it? S is exactly the situation that natural gas is today.

To achieve this, however, it will be necessary to develop more domestic supply, to increase production from? unconventional? sources of gas such as coalbed methane, increase pipeline capacity in Canada and Alaska, and build new LNG (liquefied natural gas) terminal. For the foreseeable future, therefore, opportunities for producers of domestic gas are excellent.

natural gas prices mean opportunity.

natural gas prices, as oil prices, is both volatile and extremely difficult to predict. However, some trends are irrefutable. During the 90’s? S, gas prices remained low and stable, largely due to an oversupply. In 1999, the reference price of natural gas on the New York Mercantile Exchange averaged $ 2.32 / U.S. million British thermal units (BTU). This was less than half the average price of $ 5.49 last year. The glut of supply is now history, and our global supply chain n? T have a lot of excess capacity.

the demand for natural gas in North America increased by approximately 3% per year and provides increases to only about 1%, the price of gas is high and most analysts say it will remain high during next three to four years.

Traditionally, stocks of oil and gas have been considered to be good stocks to rent, not own. Price volatility and fluctuations in cash flows inherent in the industry back in the longer term many buy-and-hold players such as mutual funds and pension funds. This way of thinking probably won? T vanish. But the long-term fundamentals supporting the increase in natural gas prices are so compelling that it can explain why a quick look on the list Bull natural gas sector (http://www.bullsector.com/naturalgas.html ) will show that most natural gas stock prices are rising. Recent announcements of the International Atomic Energy stocks also increased energy. The Agency raised its forecast for global oil demand for six months in a row this year.

course there are significant risks to owning stocks of natural gas. Unusual weather or economic slowdown could reduce demand. Regulator of the environment? S relaxation of the rules of pollution control for coal fired power plants, means more electricity is beginning to be produced from coal, as opposed to natural gas. And if the U.S. government decided to open a number of federal lands for drilling for natural gas? These things could throw the bullish scenario for natural gas off the track. More likely, however, any volatility in stock prices will simply give the patient long term investors with decent entry points in stocks of natural gas.

When oil prices fall it puts downward pressure on gas. But many factors suggest that oil prices will remain high. Donald Coxe of Harris Investment Management is going to say? The era of cheap oil is dead. Learn to live with that? both in your conduct and your investment.? He noted that the refining system is stretched thin, OPEC has no more significant overcapacity, and China went from being an exporter of oil to a large importer with the second highest consumption in the U.S. !


Production

exception becomes the main source of U.S.

Gas production in the lower part 48 is down, slowly but surely. Even the application of new technology over the past decade did not reverse the decline. Some of the reasons for this are political: the most untapped reserves thought to exist on federal lands are that are limited by the drilling. And the largest untapped reserves? those in Alaska? s north slope? are also limited, and should remain so for environmental reasons and others. Not only that, but Alaska needs to build a new pipeline to deliver its gas to the lower 48, and that the pipeline is years away from completion. To meet the growing demand, other sources must be developed.

According to the EIA, the production of natural gas from? unconventional? sources such as tight sands, shale and coal bed methane is expected to grow rapidly and ultimately accountable for almost half of all production. Already the coal bed methane represents about 7.5 percent of national production, a number that should go much higher in the coming years, since the costs of exploration for coal bed methane are generally weak and shallow wells are profitable to drill in relation to traditional deep gas wells.

This is good news for coal bed methane oriented businesses such as oil and gas Heartland (HOGC) who have recently started drilling programs to take advantage of today’s economy excellent market.


Heartland Oil and Gas

recently raised $ 12 million, and in March began spending $ 5 million planned drilling on its enviable position in the territory of the Forest City Basin in Kansas. The company has a 100 percent working in almost a quarter of a million acres in the basin, most of which were acquired before the current surge of interest driven up rental costs dramatically.

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Featured Company: Heartland Oil & Gas Corp. (OTCBB: HOGC), a coal bed methane (CBM) company whose operations are located in the Forest City Basin in the State of Kansas. The Forest City basin is the northern driveway rich CBM, which begins in the south of the basin near Cherokee. Heartland is unique in that it has amassed a large portfolio of leases covering most of the CBM of the aisle? O thicker and gas rich coals. Heartland? Attention is to fully develop its CBM leases. On Jan 26, 2004, the company announced that drilling and completion of its initial pilot program of 5 and in the basin forest north of Kansas City had been completed, on time and on budget. These wells are currently dewatering. The company began drilling a well and three additional 15 CBM wells water discharge.

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