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Natural-gas markets are sending out bullish signals. Beware.

Tightening supplies, new outlets for demand, movements on pipeline tolls to make Western Canadian gas more competitive – if the summer’s a scorcher, prices could take off.

The risk in all of it is one that’s always lurking in the gas market: when wholesale prices climb into the sweet spot where shale fields can be developed at a reasonable profit, or when futures markets yield attractive opportunities to hedge, production quickly shoots up again. The party ends. It’s the way of the on-demand gas world brought about by fracking technology.

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