Ensuring sustainable shale operations through water management

Shale oil and natural gas exploration has become a high priority in many regions of the world, to keep up with the ever-growing global demand for energy, which is expected to rise by 41% by 2035. As the price of oil continues to rise, oil-dependent nations are looking for ways to satisfy domestic demand. As the world’s second-largest consumer of natural gas, U.S. domestic consumption is expected to rise to 5.8 Tcf by 2040. To meet growing local demand, and reduce the heavy cost and burden of oil and gas importation, the U.S. has progressively developed its domestic production capabilities, which are growing at an unprecedented rate. Due to an increase in domestic output, the U.S. is positioned to surpass Saudi Arabia as the top global producer of oil and gas by 2015, reaching energy self-sufficiency in the next two decades.

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