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NATURAL GAS PRODUCTION

An expanding footprint

The shale gas revolution has led to a boom in construction of shale oil and gas wells in recent years. New research offers a more accurate accounting of its growing land-use footprint.

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Fig. 1: The production of electricity from natural-gas uses land from the wells where it is produced through to the power plants where it is converted to electricity.