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June 27, 2011

The Energy Information Administration's perspective on shale gas

A June 27, 2011, New York Times article, “Behind Veneer, Doubt on Future of Natural Gas” focuses on the Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) consideration of shale gas. EIA was contacted by a Times reporter in advance of the story, and provided a response that described the agency’s approach to developing its shale gas projections. Those interested in EIA’s views on shale gas, which differ in significant respects from those outlined in the June 27 article, may want to review the EIA response to the inquiry from the Times (http://www.eia.gov/pressroom/releases/pdf/shale_gas.pdf), the Issues in Focus discussion of shale gas included in the Annual Energy Outlook 2011 (http://www.eia.gov/outlooks/aeo/IF_all.cfm#prospectshale), and a recent presentation on domestic and international shale gas. (http://www.eia.gov/pressroom/presentations/newell_06212011.pdf ).   

The product described in this press release was prepared by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), the statistical and analytical agency within the U.S. Department of Energy. By law, EIA's data, analysis, and forecasts are independent of approval by any other officer or employee of the United States Government. The views in the product and press release therefore should not be construed as representing those of the Department of Energy or other Federal agencies.

EIA Program Contact:  Michael Schaal, 202-586-5590, Michael.Schaal@eia.gov

EIA Press Contact: Jonathan Cogan, 202-586-8719, Jonathan.Cogan@eia.gov