Foreign Investors Help Fuel U.S. Shale Boom

A hydraulic fracturing site in South Montrose, Pa. Photograph by Spencer Platt/Getty Images

China has about twice the estimated shale gas reserves as the U.S., but commercial production has been slow to ramp up on the mainland—because of a combination of challenging geology and an inflexible industry structure. Analysts predict it will be anywhere from three years to two decades before China’s commercial shale gas boom arrives.

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