Shale R Us

So if you care about what the (r)evolution in shale gas development means to the economy and have some illusion it is a simple question this is required reading…    NYT: Would Exporting the Natural Gas Surplus Help The Economy, or Hurt?

On how bad forecasting energy markets can be. Coalguru: Natural gas prices . . . → Read More: Shale R Us

Sam Wahab: Coal and Natural Gas Stocks That Could Profit in a Topsy-Turvy Global Market

From the coal beds of Indonesia to oil and gas fields throughout Europe, Sam Wahab of the London-based investment firm Seymour Pierce is a master at spotting investment opportunities in the topsy-turvy world of fluctuating energy prices. In this interview with The Energy Report, he deftly defines the structural problems affecting gas and . . . → Read More: Sam Wahab: Coal and Natural Gas Stocks That Could Profit in a Topsy-Turvy Global Market

Why the Pros Bet Contrarian: Sprott Execs Bambrough and Dimitriadis

When oil was in the limelight, Sprott’s Bambrough and Dimitriadis went for wallflower companies in beaten-down sectors. Since 2007, the pair has seen striking highs and lows in natural gas, coal and potash and invested accordingly, infusing companies with much-needed capital and creating startling profits during sector upswings. Read on to benefit from . . . → Read More: Why the Pros Bet Contrarian: Sprott Execs Bambrough and Dimitriadis

Things to worry about

Is this not one of the biggest threats to Pittsburgh’s economy in years?

AP:Army Corps cuts river flow, raising barge worries on Mississippi

Why a local economic story? A lot of this stuff is not leaving here by plane:

If you dig into that export data lots of things pop out.  The value of . . . → Read More: Things to worry about

Cutting-Edge Technologies Will ‘Green’ Fracking: Keith Schaefer

Fracking in the U.S. is here to stay, affirms Keith Schaefer, editor of the Oil & Gas Investments Bulletin. North American business is dependent on cheap energy, and even energy utilities are switching from coal to natural gas. Although environmental concerns remain, the industry has incentive to do the right thing, says Schaefer. . . . → Read More: Cutting-Edge Technologies Will ‘Green’ Fracking: Keith Schaefer

A Tale of Two Headlines

http://triblive.com/home/2618872-74/jobs-energy-report-industry-sector-fill-pennsylvania-percent-pittsburgh-region

and

http://www.bizjournals.com/pittsburgh/news/2012/09/18/1200-jobs-cut-as-coal-mines-idled.html

I was going to leave it at that, but what is one of the better written stories on the region’s economy  is remarkably written by a student.  In the Pitt News: Pittsburgh’s economic history forged in the steel mill

More on the travails of coal.  From West Virginia, but note . . . → Read More: A Tale of Two Headlines

This Is Your Energy Entry Point: Mark Lackey

Oil prices are starting to creep back up while gas, coal and uranium are poised for moves this fall, according to Mark Lackey, long-time energy analyst now representing resource companies with CHF Investor Relations. In this exclusive interview with The Energy Report, Lackey shares his current insights on energy markets and talks about . . . → Read More: This Is Your Energy Entry Point: Mark Lackey

Major Mineral Opportunities Uncovered in an Unexpected Place, Mongolia: Eric Zurrin

Mongolia, which is not on most investment menus, could soon become famous for much more than Ghengis Khan. Sandwiched between China and Russia, with a land area one-sixth that of the U.S., it has a population of less than three million, yet holds the potential for developing into a major minerals producer. With . . . → Read More: Major Mineral Opportunities Uncovered in an Unexpected Place, Mongolia: Eric Zurrin

Gas, gas, gas

So I saw a price for gasoline advertised at $3.35/gal the other day.  I remember some goal of $2.50 a gallon being talked about in one of the presidential debates earlier in the year.  I suspect when that was being bantered about gasoline in the region was right at $4/gallon.  So in a sense . . . → Read More: Gas, gas, gas

Leave no hagiography behind

I don’t quite have it in me to wade into the ever and yet again ascendant assessment issues in Allegheny County…. leaving me a bit factoid deficient for the day.

So apologies a bit for the echo chamber-ness of this, but Jim R. has some interesting catches for the day. One is a whole . . . → Read More: Leave no hagiography behind