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Commodities at a Glance

Special Issue on Shale Gas

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The Commodities at a Glance series aims to collect, present and disseminate accurate and relevant statistical information linked to international primary commodity markets in a clear, concise and reader-friendly format. This edition is specifically dedicated to the shale gas problem.

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Major potential threats associated with shale gas production

Large-scale shale gas operations started in the mid- 2000s in the United States, when the conjunction of the long-term depletion of conventional natural gas reservoirs and high natural gas prices made the combination of horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing economically profitable.

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