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The Great Shale Wall: China Struggles To Emulate U.S. Success

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By Darren Barbee, Hart Energy
January 2, 2014

On a recent visit to Yan’an, a mountainous north-central city in China, analysts got a firsthand glimpse of just how tough the country’s terrain could be on shale drillers. James West, a Barclays Capital analyst, described a harrowing trip to a work site along winding, cliff-hugging roads ridden with potholes.

“At one point, the envoy even had to dodge a hog that was being guided up the road by one of the villagers,” West said. 

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