FOCUS: UNCONVENTIONAL OIL & GAS: International roundtable discusses pace of world's shale development

Exploration and development of oil and natural gas from shale plays could spread worldwide beyond the US and Canada faster than many people currently assume, participants at an International Energy Forum Roundtable concluded earlier this year. "One need only look at the history of conventional oil and gas development to appreciate the potential for almost any nation to embrace rules of the game that would encourage unconventional production," an IEF report said. At the Jan. 23 IEF Roundtable meeting in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 21 participants from five continents shared their experiences in government, the private sector, and research. The meeting resulted in a recent publication s...

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