The energy landscape is witnessing a revolution. Shale gas exploration and production is playing an increasing role on the global stage and the energy market is being transformed.
Whereas conventional oil and gas were once dominant, shale is the centre of discussion as an energy source with proven commercial potential, but also of much public controversy. The story of shale gas drives much debate as it is viewed quite differently depending on the community.
For some, it is an energy bonanza for commercial growth, for others a source of serious concern regarding its environmental impact. On the one hand, industry in the US is experiencing a new era for growth where technology is helping manufacturers to make cheaper energy and reduce environmental impact. On the other hand, governments in Europe are embroiled in political differences and face public outrage over how shale is extracted and its effect on the community. A clearer strategy is needed to help all parties resolve their differences.
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