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The Bedford Report

January 25, 2011 11:25 ET

Chesapeake & Southwestern Energy Are Shining Stars in the Natural Gas Rally

The Bedford Report Provides Analyst Research on Chesapeake and Southwestern Energy

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - January 25, 2011) - After a significant drop in 2010, natural gas stocks have been on a decent run in the New Year. While storage levels continue to remain well above 5-year historical averages, a cooler-than-normal winter has helped supplies drop. Additionally, promises from producers to reduce drilling until natural gas becomes more valuable should help curb supply concerns going forward. The Bedford Report examines investing opportunities in natural gas and provides research reports on Chesapeake Energy Corporation (NYSE: CHK) and Southwestern Energy Co. (NYSE: SWN). Access to the full company reports can be found at:

In its most recent "Weekly Natural Gas Storage Report" the Energy Information Administration (EIA) said there was a larger-than-expected drop in natural gas supplies. According to the EIA, natural gas supplies have dropped for ten consecutive weeks. Stockpiles held in underground storage in the US fell by 243 billion cubic feet for the week ended January 14, 2011. While the news is positive, the current storage levels are still 2 percent higher than the 5 year average. Natural gas supplies have grown in recent years as new technologies have made it easier for producers to unlock previously unreachable reservoirs in onshore shale formations.

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While the industry tries to reduce its ballooning supply, some companies involved in natural gas drilling in shale formations are caught up in legal battles. Marcellus Shale -- which stretches under Pennsylvania, New York, West Virginia and Ohio -- has become the centre of focus of many oil & gas companies and is seeing a growing number of complaints due to the risks of contamination of water reserves in the area. In fact, activist shareholder groups announced Friday they have filed resolutions with nine oil and gas companies that use hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," to extract gas from shale formations thousands of feet underground. Drilling is booming in Pennsylvania and West Virginia but New York has restricted drilling until environmental questions about the potential threat of the technology can be answered.

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