A New Golden Era? Unconventional Oil and Gas Regulation in the US: Implications for KoreaA New Golden Era?

Unconventional Oil and Gas Regulation in the US: Implications for Korea

“The widespread use of new technology enabling the extraction of natural gas and oil from tight underground shale formations (i.e. hydraulic fracturing or “fracking”) has ushered in a new era of rapidly changing landscape in the global energy supply and production… Given that much of this energy source cannot be homegrown and the geopolitical risks associated with overdependence on Middle East sources have gone up, South Korea is likely to shift its attention to the development of unconventional oil and gas in North America. The exact measure of how much South Korea will rely on this energy source, however, should be tempered with the outlined risks as it forges ahead.”

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J. James Kim
J. James Kim

Center for Regional Studies

Dr. J. James KIM is the senior research fellow and director of the Center for Regional Studies at the Asan Institute for Policy Studies (Seoul). He is also a lecturer in the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University. Previously, Dr. Kim was an assistant professor of political science at the California State Polytechnic University (Pomona). He also served as a summer research associate at the RAND Corporation and as a statistical consultant for the Institute for Social and Economic Research and Planning at Columbia University. His primary research interests include national security, energy, public opinion, democracy, and methodology. Dr. Kim received a B.S. and M.S. in industrial and labor relations from Cornell University and an M.Phil. and Ph.D. in political science from Columbia University.

Shin Chang-Hoon
Shin Chang-Hoon

Center for Global Governance

Dr. SHIN Chang-Hoon is a research fellow in the Nuclear Policy and Technology Program in the Center for Global Governance at the Asan Institute for Policy Studies. Previously, Dr. Shin taught public international law, international organizations, international economic law and the law of the sea at Seoul National University and Myongji University. Dr. Shin has been an active participant in international conferences held at the International Maritime Organization and is a member of the Compliance Group established by the 1996 London Protocol to the Convention on the Prevention of Marine Pollution by Dumping of Wastes and Other Matter. Dr. Shin’s research focuses on dispute settlement, the law of the sea, international environmental law, international humanitarian law and the study of the nonproliferation regime. He received a B.S. and an L.L.M from Seoul National University, and a D.Phil. from the University of Oxford.