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So far, so good is what you can safely say about the opportunity offered by massive exploitable shale gas resources in North America and potentially in many other areas of the world.
Despite this success story, the oil and gas industry knows that it must continue to work on ensuring that shale operations are economically and environmentally sustainable. In this context, probably the biggest challenge is how to safely manage the long-term water and waste management requirements of shale gas operations driven by hydraulic fracturing. There are issues here which, if not fully addressed, could quite conceivably derail future growth plans.
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