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Advisory Report on Shale Gas

Final Shale Advisory Report

More Updates at our Shale Gas Page

Safety, environmental and economic issues about shale natural gas is assessed in a Federal advisory report.

In releasing the preliminary report earlier this year, chair John Deutch said that environmental challenges exist in shale natural gas extraction. But he added that the advisory group believes these challenges can be surmounted.

Shale natural gas lies deep underground in fissures of geologic formations. It is flushed out with water that contains chemicals which first fracture the shale and then separates the natural gas from the water. There are concerns about the effect of the process on the groundwater table and about the treatment of the waste water after the fact. Although a shale gas well gives up half its yield in the first two years of production, shale gas is considered a major new source for the United States.

For more information, see our shale gas page.

Shale Gas - Stories, Links and Resources

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Natural Gas Pipelines to Expand U.S. Supply, Especially of Shale Gas
Businessweek - 2012-09-26

Shale Fracking Makes U.S. Natural Gas Superpower. Now What?
Bloomberg - 2012-09-26

Natural-gas pipeline to start in NE Ohio
Youngstown News - 2012-09-06

Pa./N.J. Basin May Have 876 BCF of Shale Gas, But Drillers Doubt Profitability of the Deposit
Allentown Morning Call - 2012-06-30

The Uncertain Future of American Shale Gas
DailyFinance - 2012-02-18

E.P.A. Implicates Fracking in Pollution
Associated Press - 2011-12-08

Shale Gas May Be a Mexican Mirage -
IPS - 2011-12-05

Shale gas opens door to U.S. LNG exports
MarketWatch - 2011-12-05

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