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The Energy sections of every major newspaper and news sites in the UK over the last month have been dominated by stories about the Shale Gas industry. The topic has been a touchy subject in the UK as protesters are determined to halt any progress like as is the case at the Balcombe fracking site. However, the industry has proved to be a revelation in the US because adopting the controversial technique has resulted in the nation being on the cusp of self-sufficiency for the next 100 years in natural gas and no doubt creating numerous jobs. BBC news reported in July that the US were now in a position to ink plans for a USD20 billion project to start exporting Shale Gas, this illustrates the extraordinary scale of the revolution.

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