This is upending the oil market by injecting fresh supply and shifting trade flows. But the shale phenomenon could become a global revolution as other areas of the world view the US less as a supplier, and more as a harbinger of regional markets. The confluence of volatile oil prices, abundant global shale resources, technology to extract these resources and geopolitics could push companies to produce oil and gas closer to where it is consumed. Such regional markets could upset the political world order in the long term, changing power dynamics between traditional oil producing nations and consumers.
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