International fracing controversy stalls European shale ///

The natural gas shale gale that was supposed to sweep across Europe has stalled in England and France due to an impasse over fracing operations. In Poland, however, exploratory shale drilling is progressing steadily. Across the globe in Australia, the first horizontal shale wells are being drilled and fraced. Meanwhile, in late October, YPF made a tantalizing announcement about a potential 927-million-bbl shale oil discovery in Argentina’s Neuquen basin. Here is an update of recent activity in several countries outside North America.

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