— Top 5 producers of natural gas in the U.S.: ExxonMobil, Chesapeake Energy, Anadarko Petroleum, Devon Energy, Encana.
— Top 5 producing states in the U.S.: Texas, Alaska, Louisiana, Wyoming, Oklahoma.
— Top 5 producing countries: U.S., Russia, Iran, Algeria, Canada.
HOW NATURAL GAS IS USED IN THE U.S.
— 34 percent is used to generate electric power. (It accounts for a quarter of the nation's electricity.)
— 30 percent is used by industry to heat boilers or make chemicals, fertilizer and plastics.
— 21 percent is used to heat homes, cook, dry clothes and heat water.
— 14 percent is used by office buildings, restaurants and shops.
— 0.1 percent is used to power trucks, buses and other vehicles.
POSSIBLE USES FOR AMERICA'S GROWING SUPPLY
— Expand the production of plastics, fertilizers and other products that use natural gas as a feedstock.
— Liquefy it and export it to Asia and Europe, where it fetches far higher prices.
— Build natural gas fueling stations to encourage trucking and other commercial fleets to use compressed natural gas or liquefied natural gas as fuel.
— Turn it into diesel or ethanol.
SOURCES: Oil Price Information Service, Platts, Energy Information Administration, Natural Gas Supply Association.
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