Technology from Europe: Polish environmental ministry promises no roadblocks to shale gas

The possibility of abundant natural gas from Polish shale formations has attracted the interest of operators from around the globe. Though exploration is still in very early stages, estimates of reserves have varied wildly, from as low as 5 Tcf to as high as 45 Tcf. For the more than 40 companies holding concessions in the shale regions, there is enough potential to justify a major push. World Oil spoke with Marta Wagrodzka, a shale gas specialist in the Polish Ministry of the Environment, about the development of the country’s shale resources and the government’s role in promoting that development.

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