An Overview of Modern Shale Gas Development in the United States

Natural gas production from tight shale formations, known as “shale gas”, is one of the most rapidly expanding trends in onshore domestic oil and gas exploration and production today. In some cases, this has included bringing drilling and production to regions of the country that have seen little or no activity in the past. New oil and gas developments bring change to the environmental and socio-economic landscape, particularly in those areas where gas development is new. With these changes have come questions about the nature of shale gas development, the potential environmental impacts, and the ability of the current regulatory structure to deal with this development. Both regulators and policy makers need objective sources of information upon which to base answers to these questions and to make decisions about how to manage the challenges that may accompany shale development.
ALL Consulting has prepared a paper, An Overview of Modern Shale Gas Development in the United States, which responds to these needs by describing the importance of shale gas in meeting the future energy needs of the United States and providing an overview of modern shale gas development. It also presents a summary of regulations applicable to the natural gas production industry and details the environmental considerations related to shale gas development.
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