Nine months ago, natural gas liquids (NGLs) seemed like a sure thing for producers.
To boost profits, the oil and gas industry spent the past few years going through a shale-gas makeover as hydraulic-fracturing techniques advanced. Part of that transformation was a shift to liquids-rich gas and away from dry natural gas.
The bounty has been good; maybe a bit too good.
A mounting supply of NGLs has created a steep discount this year, weakening the profitability of a key driver of U.S. shale development, according to an Oct. 22 ...