US gas boom: A tool against Russian coercion - Article Photos 1/1

FILE - In this Jan. 14, 2009 file photo, an engineer of the FGSZ Ltd, Hungary's natural gas transporting company, checks the pressure in the pipelines forwarding natural gas from underground storage facilities for the country's capital at a gas receiving station in Vecses, Hungary, near Budapest. The United States, with its abundant supplies of natural gas, would seem to have an easy answer to Europe's fears that a strong response to Russia's rapid takeover of Ukraine's Crimea region could prompt Vladimir Putin to shut down gas lines that keep European homes warm, factories humming and electricity flowing. Trouble is: Right now there's no way to get meaningful American supplies across the Atlantic Ocean. (AP Photo/Bela Szandelszky, File)