Shale gas fracturing in the United States has transformed the world energy scene in just three years. It has major implications for Europe and beyond as GIS expert, Dr Frank Umbach explains.

A SILENT technological revolution in the production of unconventional gas resources, such as shale gas, has transformed the United States from being the largest liquid natural gas (LNG) importer to a self-sustained gas producer and net gas exporter in three years.

Daniel Yergin, a US authority on energy, politics and economics, said: ’This revolution arrived with no fanfare, no grand opening ceremony, no ribbon cutting. It just crept up.’

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Dr. Frank Umbach
This has global dimensions and may extend the present worldwide gas glut to at least 2017- 2020, longer than previously anticipated.
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