Implications of Sarbanes-Oxley for energy companies ///

Despite a recent, slight uptick in the rig count that could portend supply relief for a tight fuels market, all indications are that commodity prices for natural gas and oil will remain volatile for the foreseeable future. Equity Analyst Tom Driscoll of Lehman Brothers foresees a decrease in demand for natural gas to bring the market into alignment, Table 1. With an uncertain outlook as to whether demand will decrease to match supply, or supply will increase to match demand, volatile prices are a virtual certainty.

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