Global Shale Gas Development: Water Availability and Business Risks

Jay Owen SRI/ESG News, Resource Efficiency

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Dozens of countries are deciding whether or not to develop their shale gas and tight oil resources, as shale gas could boost recoverable natural gas resources by 47 percent, cut greenhouse gas emissions compared to coal, create new revenue and jobs, and raise national energy supplies. However, extracting natural gas and tight oil from shale poses water risk. We analyzed water stress levels in the 20 countries with the largest shale gas and tight oil resources, and found that 40 percent face high water stress or arid conditions.

• See also, Andrew Steer: Shale Energy Potential Depends on Water Supply

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