“Advanced drilling and hydraulic fracturing technologies, especially since 2008, have enabled large-scale oil and gas production in lower-permeability rock such as shale,” the EIA writes. “Tight oil and shale gas plays span much of the continental United States and include both new and well-established oil and gas drilling locations.”
Indeed, the American shale boom has been a source of excitement as it has been a source of new jobs, economic growth, and energy independence.
For reference, here’s where the major shale plays are across the continental US.
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