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Interest in Michigan natural gas drops as focus shifts to oil

The Detroit News -- It was the boom that never arrived and, right now, it's unclear if it ever will.

Just two years ago, Michigan's underground stores of natural gas drew interest from energy companies around North America. Many predicted the state would quickly begin seeing the jobs and economic benefits of gas exploration and production, two things sorely needed here.

Since the height of that interest in May 2010, when companies paid a record amount per acre for state-owned oil and gas lease rights, not much has happened below ground.

What happened? Increased supplies of natural gas from other states flooded the market, dropping prices. And earlier this year, the U.S. Department of Justice and the Michigan Attorney General's Office confirmed an investigation into possible collusion among companies to...


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tomok
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Message Posted: Oct 24, 2012 4:09:29 AM

Interest in Michigan natural gas drops as focus shifts to oil, save the natural gas for future use when the other states have run out of natural gas.
As more and more vehicles are built to use natural gas OR converted over to natural gas, more natural gas will be used and the price of natural gas will go up. Don't expect natural gas to stay low for very long, the trend for all fuel prices is always up and up! It does Not matter if you have to heat your house with it either, higher natural gas prices coming. Recently, an article on here said that less natural gas will be produced because there is NO profit to keep drilling and producing more natural gas. Less Supply, Higher NatGas prices coming!
Big Oil and Big Gas exports fuel and natural gas to other countries that will pay more for it, much more than here. There will be NO price reduction or cheaper prices for natural gas IN the US, so it does NOT matter how much crude oil or natural gas is produced.
'Coming out of the closet' Fred's lousy, smoke and mirrors, lack of jobs, dog and pony show and in the crapper economy, the 'jobs' are Not here. Fred's economy is not improving but continues to hurt the population and the job numbers continue to be down. People will still drive and buy fuel no matter what but it sure helps to have a job too!
Whatever the size or shape of the vehicle, Produce and ‘Drive’ vehicles with high MPG, are very safe, reliable, have a ‘reasonable’ cost and a good ‘value’ for the money.
The price of fuel at the pump is too high!
XII/XXII/MMXII!
jmaustin80
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Message Posted: Oct 24, 2012 2:05:40 AM

I dought they'll ever match the power/torque that we get with regular gas
Dodge_Me
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Message Posted: Oct 23, 2012 11:56:59 PM

Okay
boatfloyd
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Message Posted: Oct 23, 2012 11:51:16 PM

Wall-Street has made allot of money on the Natural Gas :).
Zonk
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Message Posted: Oct 23, 2012 11:39:39 PM

Not today, but some day.
Tsunamiron
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Message Posted: Oct 23, 2012 11:38:01 PM

Save the gas to heat our homes in the winter instead.
jcdakota
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Message Posted: Oct 23, 2012 11:37:37 PM

No big oil investment if they can't gouge the consumer!!!!!
jetskijerry
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Message Posted: Oct 23, 2012 11:37:09 PM

Collusion is the word...
rattlewagon
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Message Posted: Oct 23, 2012 11:34:28 PM

Guess the oil companies decided to keep their natural gas and tell everyone to frack off...
shores4now
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Message Posted: Oct 23, 2012 11:34:16 PM

Ok
mfeldstein
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Message Posted: Oct 23, 2012 11:30:49 PM

Too bad; arrived at the game a little late.
fredtheturd
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Message Posted: Oct 23, 2012 11:29:03 PM

We're still going to need that gas eventually...
Hunter724
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Message Posted: Oct 23, 2012 11:28:30 PM

Old news...
pastorpaulcg
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Message Posted: Oct 23, 2012 11:28:07 PM

Okay
mrbee
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Message Posted: Oct 23, 2012 11:28:03 PM

When the price goes up, they will be more interested.
teamsimons
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Message Posted: Oct 23, 2012 11:27:12 PM

We commented on this article a day or two ago also...
olympusman2004
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Message Posted: Oct 23, 2012 11:26:51 PM

we need energy independence so go for it
tedjm1
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Message Posted: Oct 23, 2012 11:26:42 PM

You have to watch these ccompanies. They will act in concert (under cover) to benefit their bottom line by whatever mechanism they can. Motto is Do what makes us money, either now or in the short term future.
Dsin44
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Message Posted: Oct 23, 2012 11:25:51 PM

price of natural gas is to cheap at the moment.. wait till the prices rise
10k
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Message Posted: Oct 23, 2012 11:25:35 PM

DHAN, and get rid of nobama..
Jmac2008
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Message Posted: Oct 23, 2012 11:25:04 PM

ok
granitestater
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Message Posted: Oct 23, 2012 11:24:41 PM

Competition spurs price drops...
gaspumpin
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Message Posted: Oct 23, 2012 11:23:44 PM

Focus will shift back to natural gas as the price of gas goes up.
Badjef
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Message Posted: Oct 23, 2012 11:22:48 PM

I'd rather use rat urine.
souly
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Message Posted: Oct 23, 2012 11:22:17 PM

thanks for the post
bvrbill
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Message Posted: Oct 23, 2012 11:21:29 PM

Oil or Nat Gas. It's good to have options.
Bigwaynef
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Message Posted: Oct 23, 2012 11:21:26 PM

Obummer says it's not natural...
crreed1
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Message Posted: Oct 23, 2012 11:20:27 PM

price will raise & they will be back
BobD2009
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Message Posted: Oct 23, 2012 11:19:56 PM

Drill baby drill, energy independence!
rawdog1313
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Message Posted: Oct 23, 2012 11:17:00 PM

Whatever helps getting us to Energy independence, I'm all for it!
madison8359
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Message Posted: Oct 23, 2012 11:15:42 PM

NG is the future it is clean, domestic and cheap.
rahcat
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Message Posted: Oct 23, 2012 11:15:39 PM

Michigan should just bide it's time.
PrinceLH
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Message Posted: Oct 23, 2012 11:14:56 PM

They'll get their turn.
Glock26
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Message Posted: Oct 23, 2012 11:14:43 PM

O.K.
WVUtailgater
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Message Posted: Oct 23, 2012 11:13:51 PM

it will all happen in time
DABEE1073
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Message Posted: Oct 23, 2012 11:13:40 PM

IT WILL ALWAYS BE THERE FOR THE FUTURE.
jrschl
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Message Posted: Oct 23, 2012 11:13:15 PM

Flip-Flopping.
defiancegasman
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Message Posted: Oct 23, 2012 11:12:00 PM

It will BE BACK!
a14morfun
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Message Posted: Oct 23, 2012 11:10:49 PM

bummer for Mich
suicyco16
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Message Posted: Oct 23, 2012 11:10:35 PM

Well that stinks.
Ray_10589
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Message Posted: Oct 23, 2012 11:10:01 PM

Natural gas is good ...
Blue_Cruzer
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Message Posted: Oct 23, 2012 11:08:38 PM

Interesting.
bridgerunner
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Message Posted: Oct 23, 2012 11:08:14 PM

It is like a bank account.
Ticoman54
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Message Posted: Oct 23, 2012 11:06:09 PM

Time will only tell what the future will bring.
obimerrill
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Message Posted: Oct 23, 2012 11:05:22 PM

It may come to Michigan eventually, but only if government doesn't get in the way.
southrob
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Message Posted: Oct 23, 2012 11:04:45 PM

dhan for cheap gas
JagXKR
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Message Posted: Oct 23, 2012 11:03:39 PM

Eventually Michigan will harvest that resource and they will benifit from the gas.
Cellsite
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Message Posted: Oct 23, 2012 10:58:53 PM

So, until it costs a fortune to heat our homes, Michigan can't cash in on it's NG reserves.
Godozo
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Message Posted: Oct 23, 2012 10:58:19 PM

Can think of two possible outcomes:

1) It comes out later, which means that Michigan will get a Natural Gas Boom after the other states, or

2) It doesn't come out, which means the nation busted (or was so petty that it decided it'd rather go into the stone age instead of give Michigan another red cent).
PissedATthePump
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Message Posted: Oct 23, 2012 10:56:50 PM

Collusion between energy companies?!? They would never do anything unethical like that! Say it ain't so.
saleboss
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Message Posted: Oct 23, 2012 10:55:06 PM

From what I've read natural gas will be around longer than oil, so the boom for gas isn't done yet!
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