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Book Review: The American Shales

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By Caroline Evans, Hart Energy
January 22, 2014

The rapid expansion of shale drilling since 2004 has resulted in the coining of terms that imply immediate success: references to a “gale” or a “boom” come to mind. But the shale success story seems more like a string of gunfire that happened incrementally over time as oil and gas prices fluctuated and technology advanced. At least that’s the case in The American Shales, which chronicles the history of shale exploration in the United States.

The book, which was written by Oil and Gas Investor’s editor-at-large Nissa Darbonne, taps a ...


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