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Natural gas production—international/cross-border: Rest of world learning from US shale gas experience


  • Susan L. Sakmar

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    • Susan L. Sakmar ( is a California attorney and currently is a Visiting Assistant Professor, Energy Law Scholar, at the University of Houston Law Center and an adjunct professor at the University of San Francisco School of Law. More information can be gained from the full article, “The Global Shale Gas Initiative: Will the United States Be the Role Model for the Development of Shale Gas Around the World?” (2011). 33 Houston Journal of International Law 369, available at © 2011 Susan L. Sakmar, reprinted with permission.


Canada has significant petroleum, natural gas, and coal reserves and is one of only three member-states of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) that is a net energy exporter.1 Canada is the largest source of US energy imports, and nearly all of Canada's oil and gas exports go to the United States. Recognizing the importance of energy trade, both the United States and Canada, along with Mexico, participate in the North American Energy Working Group, which seeks to improve energy integration and cooperation between the countries in the region.2