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How Are Crude Oil and Natural Gas Different?

By Robert Bensh, September 05, 2019

How Are Crude Oil and Natural Gas Different?
Both natural gas and crude oil are important energy commodities. However, many people don’t realize their differences or get one confused with the other. Although they are two different substances and commodities, they have a close relationship. They are often found and produced together. In addition, they have a price relationship. Crude Oil and Natural Gas Crude oil and natural gas are combinations of hydrocarbons-chemical molecules. At their smallest units, hydrocarbons are molecules that contain only hydrogen and carbon. The substance’s physical form are determined by how many atoms are in each molecule and how the are configured. Crude oil is a liquid when it is found underground. The substance is also normally liquid at the surface level. Natural gas, however, comes in a vapor at the earth’s surface. When underground, it exists in either vapor form or a substance similar to a carbonated soda. In this form, the vapor may be in a mixed solution with crude oil. Once the pressure is released, the vapor can escape. The Relationship Between the Two Natural gas and crude oil production is normally related. When people drill for oil, the process often releases natural gas that can be captured and used. Most of the time, oil or hydrocarbon reserves are buried deep in the earth’s crust. Natural gas may be trapped in cracks in this crust. Because of this, drilling into the earth’s crust will often release natural gas reserves. Continue reading at

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