December 22, 2011

Mitchell Energy's Blockbuster Contribution to Nat Gas

Dan Steward, Breakthrough Institute


The Breakthrough Institute: How would you describe the government's role in the shale gas revolution?

Dan Steward: In the seventies we started looking at running out of gas, and that's when the DOE started looking for more.

The DOE's [1976] Eastern Gas Shales Project [in the Appalachia basin] determined there was a hell of a lot of gas in shales. It was the biggest accumulation of data and knowledge to date. It set the stage for people to have the basic background and caused people to start asking questions, and that's always important.

They did a hell of a lot of work, and I can't give them enough credit for that. DOE started it, and other people took the ball and ran with it. You cannot diminish DOE's involvement. . .

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TAGGED: natural gas, shale gas production, Energy innovation, Department of Energy, Mitchell Energy, Breakthrough Institute


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