Execs: In an Uncertain Future, Natgas Still Needed

Executives at URTeC share what the oil and gas industry should be focusing on when planning for the future.

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HOUSTON—The future may be uncertain, but within the industry, the consensus seems to be that natural gas is a “bridge” fuel that helps meet emissions goals.

Speaking during a plenary session at the Unconventional Resources Technology Conference (URTeC) on June 20, executives emphasized the need for continued investment for producing natural gas and highlighted its role as an enabler in achieving net-zero emissions goals by 2050.

“It’s important to approach thinking about the future with a sense of humility,” said Mark Finley, energy and global oil fellow at Rice University’s Baker Institute. “The future is uncertain.”

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Jennifer Pallanich

Jennifer Pallanich is Hart Energy's senior editor for technology. She has reported on the technology that fuels oil patch exploration, development and production for more than two decades.