Why The West May Come Up Empty In The World's Biggest Oil Patch

Just a year ago, remote Kazakhstan was considered the world's brightest energy frontier. Oil companies, led by Chevron, Elf Aquitaine, and Agip, flocked to its landlocked steppes and deserts to exploit the vast petroleum wealth and the pro-business policies of Nursultan Nazarbayev, the burly President of this former Soviet republic.

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