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Shale-derived natural gas liquids are essential but overlooked

By Jim Mackinnon Published: April 1, 2013

The nonprofit Brookings Institution has a new report out that focuses on the importance to U.S. industry and the nation of the often over-looked natural gas liquids that are found in shale formations.

The report says in part: "[Natural Gas Liquids] comprise a number of hydrocarbon products that are produced in conjunction with methane (also known as 'dry' natural gas), or as a byproduct of crude oil refining, and which are liquid at room temperature. NGLs include ethane, propane, butane, isobutane, and natural gasoline.

"While such commodities do not attract the attention that is shown to crude oil, gasoline, or natural gas, they are a critical component of the industrial sector’s ability to take advantage of the U.S. hydrocarbon resurgence, and will play a large role in the country’s ambitions for energy 'self-sufficiency.'”

Read the whole thing, including a link to the full report, here.

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