The Next Energy

New drilling techniques have driven down the price tag of harvesting natural gas from shale—and set the stage for shale gas to become what will be the game-changing resource of the decade.

Over the past decade, a wave of drilling around the world has uncovered giant supplies of natural gas in shale rock. We've always known the potential of shale; we just didn't have the technology to get to it at a low enough cost. Now new techniques have driven down the price tag—and set the stage for shale gas to become what will be the game-changing resource of the decade.