Investing in the Shale Gas Boom

Investing in the Shale Gas Boom

New, sometimes controversial, techniques to get natural gas out from underground and sent overseas will propel the U.S. to become a net exporter of the fuel in a few short years, and investors have taken note. Is it too late to buy in?

Hydraulic fracking may be controversial, but there is little doubt it has brightened the prospects for some U.S. energy companies. Fracking, along with a handful of other less politically charged technologies, has improved the ability to extract and distribute U.S. natural gas so dramatically that it has sparked something of a gold rush mentality among investors.

Perhaps with good reason. As recently as 2006, natural gas production fell to record lows, but has spiked upwards since, so

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