The discovery of large reserves of natural gas in shale formations – shale gas – has been a major positive development for the energy picture of the US and the world. Yet a number of controversies over shale gas development have emerged that must be resolved in order for the full potential of this valuable resource to be realized.
The Energy Institute has launched a series of initiatives to help deal with these issues and ensure responsible development of shale gas. This report is from one of these initiatives. It seeks to help policymakers and regulators deal with shale gas issues in a rational manner based on factual information.