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Title: Shale Gas: Development Opportunities and Challenges

The use of horizontal drilling and multistage hydraulic fracturing technologies has enabled the production of immense quantities of natural gas, to date principally in North America but increasingly in other countries around the world. The global availability of this resource creates both opportunities and challenges that need to be addressed in a timely and effective manner. There seems little question that rapid shale gas development, coupled with fuel switching from coal to natural gas for power generation, can have beneficial effects on air pollution, greenhouse gas emissions, and energy security in many countries. In this context, shale gas resources represent a critically important transition fuel on the path to a decarbonized energy future. For these benefits to be realized, however, it is imperative that shale gas resources be developed with effective environmental safeguards to reduce their impact on land use, water resources, air quality, and nearby communities.
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Journal Article
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Journal Name: The Bridge; Journal Volume: 44; Journal Issue: 1
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National Renewable Energy Lab. (NREL), Golden, CO (United States)
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Joint Institute for Strategic Energy Analysis (JISEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
29 ENERGY PLANNING, POLICY, AND ECONOMY; shale gas; impact; land; water; air; communities; development; greenhouse gas; emissions; energy security