Energy (in)security in Poland the case of shale gas

Corey Johnson*, Tim Boersma

*Bijbehorende auteur voor dit werk

    OnderzoeksoutputAcademicpeer review

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    The large scale extraction of natural gas from shale rock layers in North America using hydraulic fracturing, or 'Tracking", has prompted geologists, economists and politicians in various parts of the world to ask whether there are new reserves of this precious resource to be found under their soils. It has also raised a host of questions about the potential environmental impacts of extracting it. Drawing on research on both sides of the Atlantic, this paper assesses the most pressing issues for research and policy makers related to shale gas extraction. The paper first provides a survey of environmental and economic issues related to shale gas. It then turns to a case study of Poland, whose policy makers have been among the most fervent proponents of shale gas development in the European Union. We examine the status of shale as extraction in that country and what the barriers are to overcome before commercial extraction can in fact take place, if at all. (C) 2012 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

    Originele taal-2English
    Pagina's (van-tot)389-399
    Aantal pagina's11
    TijdschriftEnergy Policy
    StatusPublished - feb-2013

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