In the fall of 2010, shale gas exploration and development in Canada is just getting started. Engineering advances are making unconventional gas plays more attractive. Provincial governments are looking to tap the economic benefits. Regulators are adjusting existing oil and gas regulations or drafting entirely new legislation. This paper covers a selection of topics for each of the seven Canadian provinces where shale gas development has started or is about to begin. So far, regulation of shale gas is not very different from the regulation of conventional gas exploration and development. Interest groups and regulators are following U.S. trends.

You can access this article if you purchase or spend a download.