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Energy independence for Europe?

Huge reserves of shale gas could transform energy supplies in the west—and cut carbon emissions

By Derek Brower   April 2010

It’s a blast: sand, water and chemicals are forced into horizontally-drilled wells in shale rock, releasing gas as a result. The process is known as fracking

Europe’s politicians and bureaucrats have spent the past five years trying to figure out how to wean the continent off its reliance on natural gas from Russia. Costly new pipeline projects and efforts to promote a rapid rise in renewable energy were two responses. What no one in Brussels seems to have realised, however, was that a small firm of wildcat drillers in Texas had found a solution: releasing natural gas trapped in shale…

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