Energy for the 21st Century

Energy for the 21st Century

Opportunities and Challenges for Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG)

New Horizons in Environmental and Energy Law series

Susan L. Sakmar

Countries around the world are increasingly looking to liquefied natural gas (LNG) – natural gas that has been cooled until it forms a transportable liquid – to meet growing energy demand. Energy for the 21st Century provides critical insights into the opportunities and challenges LNG faces, including its potential role in a carbon-constrained world.

Chapter 10: The role of shale gas in the Golden Age of Gas

Susan L. Sakmar

Subjects: environment, energy policy and regulation, environmental law, law - academic, energy law, environmental law


Although natural gas seems poised to enter the golden age, this may ultimately depend on whether countries around the globe develop the vast resources of unconventional gas – shale gas, tight gas and coal bed methane – that exist in almost every region of the world. Since the development of unconventional gas resources is different and more challenging than conventional resource development, a basic understanding of the different types of gas reservoirs is helpful in order to appreciate the difficulties involved in extracting natural gas from certain types of reservoirs. In general, gas reservoirs are classified as conventional or unconventional based on the following.

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