The reason for the producers wanting to export NG is so they can get the world price. It costs about $5-$6 to export NG. Also, interestingly 25% of the NG is used up just getting it in liquid form to another country. The producers really want the the world price. When all is said and done, in couple/few years from now, NG prices are likely to be in the $10/Mcf range. Coal will be cheap on a comparitive Btu basis then.