Wednesday, February 01, 2012

Low Gas Prices Force Drillers to Shut Down Wells

Governments counting on the cash and jobs bonanza from shale drilling might soon be out of luck, as a long period of very low gas prices is causing drillers to shut down wells.

Chesapeake Energy, Conoco-Phillips, Noble Energy and Consol Energy have all announced plans to cut back spending and close off wells.

Low prices deflate natural-gas rush

People looking at the falling prices, were wondering how long the drilling boom could go on. Unlike, coal or oil, gas is almost impossible to ship without a pipeline, creating a very localised market.

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