Natural gas production is booming -- so much so that some investors worry that natural gas could be the most dangerous investment in energy.
I disagree, but investors must realize that the huge growth in production is keeping natural gas prices really low, and there will probably be pain before there are large gains. That said, there are good opportunities in natural gas for investors willing to look.
Getting to the point, the Natural Gas Supply Association released a paper on the largest U.S. natural gas producers. The data was interesting enough that I reproduced the top 25 here.
Q2 Production (MMcf/Day)
Q1 Production (MMcf/Day)
Year Ago (MMcf/Day)
Royal Dutch Shell
El Paso Energy
Cabot Oil & Gas
Source: Natural Gas Supply Association.
*Petrohawk Energy was acquired by BHP Billiton in July.
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