US gas market complexity fogging outlook

03/15/2004
US natural gas market dynamics are getting to be almost as complicated as those for oil. All that is lacking are a dominant producing group calibrating supply to support prices and some messy geopolitics.For years, US gas markets had been pretty much a mundane supply-demand business, with demand dominated by the weather and supply by Lower 48 producers nervously watching winter weather forecasts to determine whether they overcommitted on drilling programs.Those were the good old days.New dynamicsUS gas markets are no longer so simple. Weather still is a critical factor, but there are now countervailing forces. High gas prices can erase huge chunks of industrial demand from the market. Eve...
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