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Unconventional Oil & Gas

Navigant’s 2008 North American Natural Gas Supply Assessment was the first major study to quantify the vast extent of unconventional gas resource available through the advances in the use of horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing. U.S. production of shale-based natural gas has taken off, reaching almost one half of total national supply, and has been sufficient to substantially reduce natural gas prices within the North American natural gas market. Now the same technology has been turned to unconventional oil, creating a new abundance there as well. In just a few short years, the U.S. energy generation mix, economy, construction and capital investments have all been impacted – with bigger, more radical impacts expected in the coming years. Looking forward, the U.S. stands on the verge of becoming a net-exporter of natural gas, significantly reducing the country’s dependence on crude oil imports, enhancing our energy security and reshaping the energy industry and our economy.

Navigant provides the full array of expert and consulting services for accounting, construction, economic and finance, related disputes, investigations and other client needs. Navigant’s practitioners have deep industry expertise in natural gas, crude oil, pipelines, LNG facilities, petro-chemicals, manufacturing and electricity.


Marcellus Supplies Strike Again – Recent Trends in Northeast Gas Displacement

The July 2015 Oil & Gas Market Notes highlights recent trends in Northeast gas displacement.

“Is $70 the New $15?”

In the December 2014 issue of NG Market Notes, Navigant Directors Nick Allen and Mike Dyson examine the ramifications of plummeting oil prices for the oil and gas industry.

Energy Commodity Trading’s Evolving Regulatory Frontier

The January 2014 edition of Navigant's NG Market Notes examines energy commodity trading's evolving regulatory frontier.

Unconventional Oil & Gas Litigation Trends Report (October 2013)

Navigant’s October 2013 issue of the Unconventional Oil and Gas Litigation Trends Report finds states are becoming the main arenas for unconventional oil and gas litigation with land and lease rights disputes remaining the most common.

Success in LNG Exports will Require Success in Execution (Construction, that is)

In the August 2013 issue of NG Market Notes, Managing Directors Scott Gray and Peter Badala, of Navigant's Construction Practice, explore some of the specialized aspects of developing liquefied natural gas (LNG) projects, and lay out some of the best practices that they have seen while assisting clients in the global LNG space.

Why a Market Solution to the LNG Export Question Makes Sense

In the June 2013 issue of NG Market Notes, Navigant Director Gordon Pickering and Managing Consultant Jeff Van Horne review the Department of Energy’s latest order granting export authorization to a Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) project.

The Natural Gas Industry Grows Up – a History Lesson and Some Observations

The May 2013 issue of NG Market Notes reflects on the past 75 years in the natural gas industry and identifies two major milestones in natural gas regulation that have shaped the industry into what it is today.

Navigant Wins Consultancy of the Year Award - Gulf Coast Region

Navigant was named Consultancy of the Year – Gulf Coast Region by Oil and Gas Awards based on an entry submitted on its recent work for the Gulf LNG Liquefaction Company, LLC (GLNG) which submitted its application for LNG export on August 31, 2012.

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Gas to Liquids – The Stealth Utilization Alternative?

The February 2013 issue of NG Market Notes focuses on the potential for gas-to-liquids conversion (GTL) to provide new natural gas demand to help support sustained development of our natural gas resources.

Capital Trends and Risks Associated with Natural Gas-Related Investments

The January 2013 issue of NG Market Notes analyzes capital investing in the oil and gas sector and provides insights on how to effectively navigate through future boom and bust cycles.

How Unconventional Oil and Gas Is Supercharging the US Economy

Julie Carey discusses the substantial impact the surge of unconventional oil and gas development will have on the U.S. economy.

Navigant Provides Insight for Western Energy Institute’s Fall 2012 Publication:

Gordon Pickering contributed to the Western Energy Institute’s Fall 2012 Publication titled, "The Natural Gas and Electric Interdependencies."

North American Natural Gas Market Out-look, Fall 2012

Navigant’s bi-annual natural gas forecast provides a long-term outlook for the North American natural gas market—including supply, demand, imports and ex¬ports, and prices at key market points.

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NG Market Notes - Risk Management On Gas Related Construction Projects (November 2012)

In the November 2012 issue of NG Market Notes, Managing Directors Peter Badala and Scott Gray, along with Director James Zack from Navigant's Global Construction Practice, discuss the importance of risk management during the expected boom in gas-related construction projects resulting from the shale gas production revolution.

Economics of Shale Gas and Oil

George Schink and Julie Carey discuss how the development of shale natural gas and oil resources is creating an investment boom in the U.S.

NG Market Notes - Shale Gas and Oil: Economy-Wide Game Changers (August 2012)

In the August 2012 issue of NG Market Notes, Navigant Economics Managing Director George Schink and Director Julie Carey discuss the economic impact of the shale gas and oil production boom.

NG Market Notes - The Resurgence of the U.S. Petrochemical Sector and the Natural Gas Industry (April 2012)

In the April 2012 issue of NG Market Notes, Director Gordon Pickering discusses the benefits to the U.S. petrochemical industry that can result from the increased demand for natural gas represented by LNG exports.

“North American Natural Gas Market Outlook”

The March issue of Oil & Gas Market Notes highlights Navigant's North American Natural Gas Market Outlook, Year-End 2014.

Mexico’s Energy Investment Opening – How Good? How Fast?

The February 2014 issue of NG Market Notes looks at the future possibilities for the North American natural gas market as Mexico attempts to expand its natural gas production.

North American Natural Gas Market Outlook, Fall 2013

This North American Natural Gas Market Outlook, Fall 2013 report focuses on the trends and factors that will characterize North America’s future natural gas market through 2035.

Stepped Up Oversight Of Energy Markets May Push Some Trading Firms Out

Navigant Economics addresses the challenges of trading in energy commodity markets.

Rail Emerging as Long Term North American Crude Option

Julie Carey, a director with Navigant Economics, provides insight to the emergence of rail as an alternate option for transporting unconventional oil.

Unconventional Oil and Gas Litigation Trends Report (May 2013)

The May 2013 issue report shows a major spike in U.S. litigation facing the unconventional oil and gas industry.

More Risk for the Natural Gas Market

In the April 2013 issue of NG Market Notes, Rob Wentland discusses the growing litigation risks facing the unconventional oil and gas industry.

Gas to Liquids Coming on Strong in United States

In the March issue of Natural Gas & Electricity, Navigant Director, Rick Smead discusses the robust debate over the use of the nation’s natural gas abundance to support liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports.

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Unconventional Oil and Gas Litigation Trends Report (January 2013)

The January 2013 report discusses U.S. litigation trends and highlights noteworthy U.S. cases affecting the unconventional oil and gas industry.

North American Natural Gas Supply Assessment

In July 2008, Navigant’s Rick Smead and Gordon Pickering completed the North American Natural Gas Supply Assessment for the American Clean Skies Foundation. Today, the EIA’s natural gas estimate is now in-line with the resource levels first stated by Navigant in 2008.

Blue Light Special’s Consequences – Will Low Prices Cause 2013 Shortage?

In an article published in the January issue of Natural Gas & Electricity Rick Smead provides a market forecast for the natural gas industry for winter 2012, and discusses potential 2013 market consequences of low natural gas prices.

 Article / White Paper
Surprise Side Effect of Shale Gas Boom: A Plunge in U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Julie Carey discusses what impacts the Obama Administration will have on environmental policy and climate change issues and regulations.

Navigant Qualifications for Unconventional Oil and Gas

Navigant is uniquely qualified to provide comprehensive business solutions for construction, disputes & investigations, and economics, and capital advisory clients in the area of shale /unconventional oil and gas.

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Management of Risks on Gas-Related Construction Projects

Scott Gray and Peter Badala discuss the management of the risks associated with gas-related construction projects.

The U.S. Has A Natural Gas Glut

Guest column written by Richard Bass and Gordon Pickering for looks at the U.S. natural gas glut and why exporting it as LNG is a good idea.

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NG Market Notes - Simplifying the Natural Gas Story (May 2012)

The May 2012 issue of NG Market Notes explores the fundamentals underlining today’s natural gas environment, indicating a healthy natural gas market outlook with ample supplies at stable prices.

Drilling for Shale Gas in Mexico

Bob Gibb discusses drilling for shale gas in Mexico with Mose Buchele of KUT in Austin, Texas.



Peter V. Badala

Peter Badala is a Managing Director and has global responsibility for its International Construction Arbitration practice. He has provided forensic accounting, auditing, claims consulting, and expert testimony to clients on more than 200 construction projects internationally.

Julie M. Carey

Julie M. Carey is an energy economist and a Director with Navigant Consulting, Inc. She has more than 20 years of experience addressing economic issues across the energy sector including: crude oil, natural gas, natural gas liquids, power, renewables, coal, pipelines and railroad industries as well as energy intensive industries such as manufacturing and chemicals.

F. Wayne Elggren

Wayne Elggren is a Managing Director in the Disputes & Investigations practice. With 30+ years experience, he has led bankruptcy, investigative and litigation consulting engagements in the US, Canada, as well as globally.

Richard Bass

Richard Bass is a Director in Navigant’s Energy Practice in London and has provided strategic advice and transaction support to his clients in the energy industry mainly oil, gas and renewables.

Gordon B. Pickering

Gordon Pickering is a Director in the Energy practice, with a strong background in energy pricing, price forecasting and risk management. He is the editor of NG Market Notes, a monthly publication providing perspective on natural gas industry issues.

George R. Schink, Ph.D.

Dr. Schink is a managing director and principal with Navigant Economics. His areas of expertise include energy economics, regulatory economics, financial economics related to the cost of service for regulated entities.

Robert (Rob) Wentland

Robert (“Rob”) Wentland provides expert witness and forensic accounting services for complex and high-profile tax controversy matters, internal accounting investigations, U.S. Government accounting investigations and commercial litigation disputes.

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