The natural gas curtailments during the winter of 1976-77 and the threat that gas interruptions would become a permanent way of industrial life sparked widespread interest in the investigation of local, higher-cost gas sources. Analyses of the technical, institutional, legal and economic constraints and opportunities associated with these gas sources located in the Appalachian Region were undertaken for the Appalachian Regional Commission. The economic potentials appeared encouraging providing certain constraints are removed and/or relaxed.

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