Definition of shale gas in English:

shale gas


  • [mass noun] Natural gas occurring within or extracted from shale.

    ‘the energy minister had high hopes that shale gas could be a major alternative source of power’
    [as modifier] ‘the environmental impacts of shale gas extraction’
    • ‘With natural gas, shale gas and new technologies for extraction becoming more important, fossil fuels are likely to play a central role for decades to come.’
    • ‘I also know a lot about onshore drilling, oil sands, oil shale, shale gas, and the like.’
    • ‘The Conservative Free Enterprise Group will next week publish a report that calls for the Government to slash subsidies for wind turbines and give the green light for shale gas exploration.’
    • ‘Coppola noted a hillside in town that began to crack and slide under the weight of a new shale gas processing plant, which he contends was built without a permit.’
    • ‘Shale gas versus wind farms, job protection versus job creation, more airports versus passenger taxes–let the best idea win.’
    • ‘Thanks to the shale gas boom, natural gas prices in the USA are at an all-time low, at around $2 per MMBTu (million metric British thermal units).’
    • ‘The shale gas drills do pass through rocks adjacent to those supplying groundwater, but go much, much deeper.’
    • ‘In anticipation of the shale gas boom spreading northward from Pennsylvania, educators in New York have begun training programs giving workers the skills industry needs to fill entry-level positions.’
    • ‘Shale gas, which has begun to bring profits to some counties in Ohio, has yet to take off here, and downtown is a grid of empty storefronts behind dusty glass.’
    • ‘In May ministers and industry experts met in Downing Street to discuss the potential of shale gas.’
    • ‘Hardly a week goes by without new shale gas and oil deposits being discovered in America.’
    • ‘New technologies set off a rush to explore the continent's vast shale gas deposits that eventually drew in the major oil companies.’
    • ‘Although many forecasters project prices to rise, the institute noted they may "drop significantly" across Europe if shale gas starts to be extracted on a large scale.’
    • ‘With natural gas prices so low due to huge new supplies of shale gas, besting the current energy system has become tougher.’
    • ‘The new potentially game-changing trend for the United States is the rise of shale gas.’
    • ‘Drilling to explore Britain's reserves of shale gas is to be restarted, despite major concerns about the threat it could trigger earthquakes.’
    • ‘After years when America's reserves of fossil fuels have been dwindling, an enormous new source of energy has become available: shale gas.’
    • ‘In 2010, test drilling started in north-west England on shale gas deposits there.’
    • ‘Tar sands crude and shale gas threaten both the quality and quantity of freshwater resources.’
    • ‘The cheap energy brought about by the shale gas revolution, for example, is already boosting the U.S. economy.’