July 17, 2020

Shale Oil and Gas Fracking: Boom or Doom?

Below is an excerpt from ISS ESG’s recently released “Shale Oil and Gas Fracking: Boom or Doom?” The full paper is available for download from the Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) online library.

Hydraulic fracturing (also known as “fracking”), the technique used to recover oil and gas from formations with low-permeability such as shale and sandstone, catalyzed the United States’ shale revolution during the 2010s. Many countries outside North America are keen to capitalize on the next anticipated shale boom.

The COVID-19 pandemic has shaken up the global shale oil and gas landscape. The number of bankruptcies among US shale companies has surged, and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the Argentine government have made a U-turn and are re-evaluating the economic feasibility of Argentina shale oil. Meanwhile, China continues to invest heavily in shale gas in order to reduce its import reliance.


By Claudine Alvarez, Carmina Rivera, Qiang Li, Xuan Li, ISS ESG

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