Shale Gas Development and Environmental Governance in China

Meiyu Guo, Yuan Xu

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    Facing immense pressure to solve environmental problems due to domestic air pollution and international climate change, China has identified natural gas as a critical alternative to replace coal, the dirtiest yet most abundant fuel in China’s energy mix. With limited domestic resources of conventional natural gas and security concerns of international import, China has kept a keen eye on the shale gas success in the United States and its own vast untapped resource base. This chapter examines its shale gas development in the past decade. After a discussion on the development of shale gas at national and international levels, we will explore the local situations in greater detail in Sichuan and Tarim Basins, the largest two shale gas basins in the country. Multiple interests—domestic, international, industrial, technological, governmental and environmental—have been interacting with each other to shape the evolution and explain the current development status.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationThe International Political Economy of Oil and Gas
    EditorsSlawomir Raszewski
    PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
    Number of pages15
    ISBN (Electronic)9783319625577
    ISBN (Print)9783319625560, 9783319873411
    Publication statusPublished - 16 Nov 2017

    Publication series

    NameInternational Political Economy Series
    ISSN (Print)2662-2483
    ISSN (Electronic)2662-2491

    User-Defined Keywords

    • Shale gas development
    • State-owned oil companies
    • China


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