The slow uptick in natural gas prices has finally made natural gas production less of a burden on a company's assets and more of a valuable part of a diversified energy company. There's no better indicator than the Marcellus shale formation. Despite being the largest gas formation in the U.S., it's never been the highest-producing region -- until recently. Now, at 7 billion cubic feet per day, it's the highest-producing unconventional gas play in the United States.
Today, Fool.com contributors Tyler Crowe and Aimee Duffy talk about how the increase in midstream infrastructure from companies such as Kinder Morgan (NYSE: KMI ) have made this possible, and how both customers and top gas producers in the Marcellus, such as Chespaeake Energy (NYSE: CHK ) and Talisman Energy (UNKNOWN: TLM.DL ) , are reaping the benefits.
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