Worldwide Gas Shales and Unconventional Gas: A Status Report

Vello A. Kuuskraa, president of Advanced Resources International, Inc. and a member of the Board of Directors and the Strategic Advisory Committee for the Research Partnership to Secure Energy for America (RPSEA), presented Worldwide Gas Shales and Unconventional Gas: A Status Report in Copenhagen, Denmark at the United Nations Climate Change Conference 2009 on December 12, 2009. His talk was part of a panel on “The Evolving Role of Natural Gas: An Industry Perspective” during the special Saturday afternoon session on “Natural Gas, Renewables and Efficiency: Pathways to a Low-Carbon Economy."
 
Kuuskraa’s talk discussed how the discovery and development of gas shales and other unconventional gas resources in North America have led to a “paradigm shift” in the outlook for natural gas and the much larger role it could play in reducing emissions of CO2. Using the North American experience as the example, he discussed how the development of gas shales and unconventional gas could provide similar impacts on energy security and CO2 emission reductions in Europe, China and other areas with large, prospective gas shale basins. 

Other presenters included Christopher Flavin, president of the Worldwatch Institute, Aubrey McClendon, CEO of Chesapeake Energy, and Senator Timothy E. Wirth, president of the United Nations Foundation.
 
 
The event marked RPSEA's partnership with the Worldwatch Institute and the American Clean Skies Foundation, with generous support from The Fleischaker Companies, of the United Nations ConferenceIt highlighted the role that natural gas could play in emerging global energy systems and kicked off a global unconventional gas resource assessment led by RPSEA with team support from and RPSEA members Advanced Resources International, the Colorado Oil & Gas Association, the Gas Technology Institute, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Texas A&M University and several other invited organizations.   
 
Please see below to view the report and presentation.
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