Policy Documents

Shale Gas and U.S. National Security

Kenneth B. Medlock III, Amy Myers Jaffe and Peter R. Hartley –
July 1, 2011

The domestic production of natural gas from shale deposits, accomplished through hydraulic fracturing techniques, provides the United States with significant geopolitical benefits, concludes a study by energy experts at Rice University. The study found the ability of Russia, Iran, and Venezuela to leverage energy resources will diminish because of the technological advances that have made shale resources more accessible.