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Elsewhere in this issue, you will find a review of shale gas and shale oil resources and development around the globe. It points to global expansion of the boom that began in the U.S. a few years ago. Probably, few of us realize, though, that this is not the first shale boom, or the second, or the third, but the fourth. I knew of one previous boom, but only because I lived in Aberdeen, which is not far from where the modern shale oil industry began in the 1850s.
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