August 23, 2012 1 Comment

The What, Where, and How of Shale Gas – Part 1

In association with the Rational Middle Energy Series.  A video series on energy and how it fits into our future.

The What, Where, and How of Shale Gas

The What, Where, and How of Shale Gas – Part 1

Natural gas has the potential to bridge the gap between the current oil dominated energy mix and sustainable renewables. It’s cheap, abundant, and the cleanest fossil fuel in the world. In fact, at today’s consumption rates, estimated US natural gas resources could be used to supply domestic electricity generation for 52 years.

But shale gas is trapped thousands of feet underground. How do we extract it and what does the process look like?

There are risks involved with extracting natural gas. The good news is that these are well understood and manageable. The necessary technology to safely drill and frack already exists. With proper regulation and risk management, natural gas drilling and fracking will be a worthwhile step towards a renewable energy future.

One Response to “The What, Where, and How of Shale Gas – Part 1”

  1. This is awesome – we are a stock picking newsletter and have a few natural gas related companies we invest / follow. Subscribers always asking for a good “visual” Can I borrow this? – I will of course link back to your site disclose original author etc… One of the companies we follow is Westport Innovations – not to far from you. Here is a quote from one of our pieces…..

    “…..Westport Innovations is at the center of the natural gas conversion universe
    The phrase “linchpin” can be figuratively defined to mean; “something that holds various elements of a complicated structure together.”

    The lynchpin that makes the conversion to natural gas powered transportation vehicles possible is Westport Innovations (WPRT). Westport is one of the companies that stand to benefit the most over the next several years from the migration to natural gas as a transportation fuel. They are a pure play on natural gas powered engines and current global leader in natural gas engine technology. The company controls technology that enables engines to run on alternative fuels without compromising performance, fuel economy, durability or reliability as compared to diesel engines. This fuel substitution, to natural gas, achieves a significant reduction in unwanted environmental pollution.

    Macroeconomic factors influencing natural gas

    This month’s review of WPRT continues my “Natural Gas Investment Thesis” laid out in detail in the March 2012 newsletter (found at In that newsletter I discussed many factors influencing the natural gas market and I will not be repeating them here. So, register for the newsletter and be kept up to date…..”

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