Shale gas - Fracking great !!


The promised gas revolution can do the environment more good than harm ??

Another set of reports on shale gas in this weeks economist - follow the links below for the full articles

''The story of America’s shale-gas revolution offers hope in hard times. The ground was laid in the late 1990s, when a now-fabled Texan oilman, George Mitchell, developed an affordable way to extract natural gas locked up in shale rock and other geological formations. It involves blasting them with water, sand and chemicals—a technique known as hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking”. America’s shale-gas industry has since drilled 20,000 wells, created hundreds of thousands of jobs, directly and indirectly, and provided lots of cheap gas. This is a huge advantage to American industry and a relief to those who fret about American energy security.''

http://www.economist.com/node/21556249

http://www.economist.com/node/21556242