Energy pricing tool needed

Matthew Simmons has done an excellent job of problem definition in his article (OGJ, Mar. 26, p. 65) on the need for an energy pricing tool. It has been almost 20 years since the domestic industry was "free marketed," and the long-term contracts which had developed the surplus of deliverability were "force majeured" out of existence. Perhaps the financial markets and the energy producers can now be persuaded to sign a long-term contract at less than current market prices, trusting in the sanctity of contract once again. It could happen.What if we are able to mount a 5-10 year drilling boom and turn our gas production decline around? Once there is surplus deliverability again, will prices ...

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