Warren Questions U.S. Gas Producers on Exports Ahead of Winter

Once again Liz like most politicians are completely uninformed.

Natural gas marketing may be defined as the selling of natural gas.
Marketers, in whatever form, find buyers for natural gas, ensure secure supplies of natural gas in the market, and provide a pathway for natural gas to reach the end-user. It is natural gas marketers that ensure a liquid, transparent market exists for natural gas. Marketing natural gas can include all of the intermediate steps that a particular purchase requires; including arranging transportation, storage, accounting, and basically any other step required to facilitate the sale of natural gas.

Essentially, marketers are primarily concerned with selling natural gas, either to resellers (other marketers and distribution companies), or end users. On average, most natural gas can have three to four separate owners before it actually reaches the end-user. In addition to the buying and selling of natural gas, marketers use their expertise in financial instruments and markets to both reduce their exposure to risks inherent to commodities, and earn money through speculating as to future market movements.

Then there are the restrictions put in place from the Biden administration to add to the mix.

Tue, November 23, 2021, 3:11 PM·2 min read

(Bloomberg) – U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren is asking the CEOs of nearly a dozen of the nation’s top natural gas producers why so much of the heating fuel is being exported heading into winter as Americans face rising utility bills.

In a statement Tuesday, Warren accused ConocoPhillips, EQT Corp., Exxon Mobil Corp. and eight other natural gas producers of raising prices, reaping record profits and “gaming the system” by keeping production low and raising exports, instead of ensuring that there’s enough domestic supply.

“This corporate greed is inexcusable, and represents the results of a rigged system that enriches energy company executives and investors, and leaves American families struggling to pay the bills,” Warren said in letters addressed to ConocoPhillips’s Ryan Lance, Occidental Petroleum Corp’s Vicki Hollub, and other chief executive officers.

The global energy shortage gripping Europe and Asia is increasing demand for American liquefied natural gas and sending prices surging. Meanwhile, the shale industry’s restraint in spending on more gas production and limited pipeline capacity have stirred fears of power outages in some parts of the U.S.

The U.S. benchmark price of the power plant and heating fuel has nearly doubled this year. In Europe, prices have jumped to unprecedented levels.

More than a third of U.S. natural gas production comes from the Appalachian Basin of Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia, where political roadblocks have prevented new pipelines from being built. More than a 10th comes from the Permian Basin of West Texas and New Mexico where natural gas is a byproduct of oil production and dependent on drilling activity.

Of the 97 billion cubic feet of gas produced in the continental U.S. on a daily basis, roughly 6 billion is exported via pipeline to Mexico, while another 11 billion is exported from six liquefied natural gas plants. Mexican exports are expected to remain steady, while LNG demand is expected to climb next year above 12 billion cubic feet per day.

p.s. Lizzy the companies your hammering have nothing to do with whee the gas is sent.

P.S. Should Canada curtail natural Gas exports to the US?

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