The following video is part of our "Motley Fool Conversations" series, in which industrials editor/analyst Isaac Pino and consumer goods editor/analyst Austin Smith discuss topics across the investing world.
In today's edition, Isaac and Austin shed light on the biggest natural gas story of the week. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission opened the floodgates for natural gas exports when it granted approval to Cheniere Energy to start construction on its Louisiana-based terminal.
Cheniere, one of the first movers in North America, aims to start exporting in 2015 or 2016 when construction is completed. Foreign customers have rushed to place orders for the natural gas from this terminal due to the attractive prices that have recently plummeted to $2 per tcf. The announcement cements Cheniere's place as one of the comeback stories of 2012 and opens opportunities for similar projects by competing firms. In December, it was placed on Standard & Poor's Creditwatch due to the risk of default. As of Tuesday, however, the future looks much brighter.
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