Avoiding US oil resource surprises requires enhanced information system

David Bardin Energy analyst Washington, DC This article urges action by government or the petroleum community to inform policymakers better (and confuse them less) about two energy information basics: • Quantity of US oil resources down in the rocks. • Degree to which oil industry can mobilize them. Introduction Recent growth in US oil production, especially of unconventional "tight oil" (or "shale oil") from "continuous" formations—or "source (and juxtaposed) rocks"—seems to have startled government and industry leaders here and abroad. AAPG Memoir 97, published in August 2012, examines the new shale "giant fields" worldwide.1 Lack of a c...

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