critical issues

What is the role of shale as a source of oil and gas resources in the United States?

Energy Information Administration's "Energy Explained" series:

"Shale is a fine-grained sedimentary rock that forms from the compaction of silt and clay-size mineral particles and is easily broken into thin, parallel layers. Black shale contains organic material that can generate oil and natural gas and trap the generated oil and natural gas within its pores.

Critical Issues Program Releases Preliminary Results of "Defining Critical Issues" Survey

The aim of this web-based survey is to understand how the decision-making community, geoscience community, and the public define the term "critical issue," as well as which critical issues are of top concern to each community. The survey is deliberately short, broad, and unstructured in order to capture a wide range of responses.


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