It's important to study shale gas development in detail, so that we can discern for ourselves what impact shale gas will have on the future of the US economy, as well as the global economy. It's important to get this right so that we don't over or under hype this potential resource.
On that note, here's links to some good articles as well as a quick description of each article:
An Information Video on Horizontal Drilling and Fracturing
This is a video overview of the technologies used to produce natural gas from tight shale formations. A must-see for anybody that's not already an expert.
This article and video interview by Daniel Yergen is an intro to shale gas development by this Pulitzer Prize winning author.
This article by author Matt Ridley is mostly just an opinion article, but it covers the impact that cheap gas has on arguments from alternative energy companies for subsidies.
Wiki site that gives a decent overview of shale gas resources, environment impact and economic impact.
This journal article calculates the emission of greenhouse gases over the lifetime of a power plant (including emissions of CO2 and CH4 from the wellhead.) They find that the lifecycle emission of greenhouse gases is roughly half of that from an efficient coal power plant per unit of electricity generated.
This website does a good job of summarizing what's happening in Northern British Columbia regarding shale gas development. Drilling started taking off here after it got big in the Barnett, Haynesville and Marcellus shales, but it's growing fast because of the large demand for natural gas next door in Alberta to increase the hydrogen to carbon ratio of the tar sand petroleum products.
WSJ article on the UK's potential for 200 trillion cubic foot of natural gas.
I will continue to add to this post as I find good review articles and essays on natural gas production from shale geologic formations. If we globally get this right, then natural gas from shale will be a way for us to continue to grow while decreasing our emissions of CO2, NOx, SOx, mercury, particulates and decrease our consumption of fresh water in power plant cooling towers. This can be a win-win situation if we get this right, and we can get it right if we don't over or under hype this potential resource.