July 2011, Vol. 238 No. 7

Features

Shale Gas Measurement And Associated Issues

Widespread exploitation of horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing techniques has made it possible to extract vast amounts of natural gas previously locked in shale formations throughout the United States. This relatively recent development has likely changed the domestic energy landscape for decades to come. Figure 1 illustrates just how quickly shale gas production and proven reserves have ramped up in recent years; Figure 2 shows the latest projections for domestic gas production through the year 2035 from the Energy Information Administration (EIA, the federal entity responsible for tracking energy production and consumption in the U.S. and worldwide). Figure 2. Predi

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