Shale gas has been lauded as “a game changer” and “an energy revolution.” The United States has been leading the way, but Poland has recently decided to follow suit. It has enthusiastically embraced shale gas exploration in the hopes of achieving energy independence from its main historical nemesis, Russia. Nearly 30 percent of the Poland’s territory has been targeted for shale gas exploration. The process, however, has been extremely politicized and mired in social and environmental controversy. This slideshow looks at some of the main issues.
This reporting was funded by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting and Calkins Media, publishers of Shalereporter.com.