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and yet J's link shows Germany at 8 trillion cubic feet and Poland at 180. Do we have discrepancies here?

"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." - Ana´s Nin
by Crazy Horse on Tue May 31st, 2011 at 07:02:24 PM EST
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Shale basin doesn't mean there is gas (of exploitable quantity). It's one geological precondition for the resource to exist. Only parts of the basins have gas of consequential amount and only part of those areas are (in the long term) economical to drill in. Those Polish areas seem to have the best geology/potential/resource-whatnot - as far as that has been explored. But you can't really know the resource/reserves until real drilling has been done. The numbers Jerome quoted are estimates that point out the general direction. 'Technically recoverable' can mean anything at this stage.

From Schlumberger/EPIC

From MPI plasma physics

Schengen is toast!

by epochepoque on Tue May 31st, 2011 at 08:14:17 PM EST
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Shell drilled for the shale resources in southern Sweden as indicated by the map, but gave up as the geology supposedly wasn't good enough. Also, there was strong local opposition. Probably has something to do with the Swedish mineral regulation which awards essentially all the profits to the extractive company without companesation to the landowner, and also make straight out land expropriation possible.

Peak oil is not an energy crisis. It is a liquid fuel crisis.
by Starvid on Wed Jun 1st, 2011 at 04:09:46 PM EST
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