We’re in the thick of summer and millions of Americans are cranking up the A/C (or taking refuge wherever they can find it). This has in turn sparked interest in the natural gas exchange traded funds (ETFs).

Sandy Shore for Associated  Press says that the uptick in the number of Americans cranking up their air conditioners was good for natural gas prices. The price increase will kick off seasonal trading for natural gas, which could lead to higher prices for traders and consumers.

The controversial practice of “fracking” by the natural gas industry, however, may offset any green votes toward the commodity. The industry is taking steps to address it before it becomes a full-on PR crisis. [Why Natural Gas ETFs Won in BP Disaster.]

Range Resources Corp.’s (NYSE: RRC) move to voluntarily disclose the chemicals it injects into the ground could prompt other drillers to do the same,  which also reflects the desire of the industry to get out ahead of the issue to prevent federal regulation of the key drilling practice called hydraulic fracturing, or fracking.

Mike Soraghan for The New York Times reports that at least one  major driller, Chesapeake Energy Corp. (NYSE: CHK), says it is considering disclosing chemicals used in fracking on a well-by-well basis. [A New Natural Gas Trend?]

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Tisha Guerrero contributed  to this article.

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