Shale gas (an emerging form of unconventional gas) is of growing importance to North American energy supply and by the end of this decade could account for over 30% of natural gas production in Canada and the Lower 48 combined.
There are abundant shale gas deposits already under development in northeastern British Columbia (Montney and Horn River plays), Saskatchewan and North Dakota (the Bakken Formation), south-central U.S. (Barnett Shale, Fayette, Eagle Ford and Haynesville plays) and the northeastern U.S. (Marcellus Shale).
Enbridge is already strongly positioned in the top quartile of pipeline operators in the major shale gas plays in the Lower 48. Enbridge Energy Partners' gas assets are located in three of the most prolific gas-producing regions in the southeastern U.S. and right next door to the Haynesville Formation, and currently transport, gather and process over three billion cubic feet per day.
The Alliance Pipeline is ideally located right in the heart of the Montney shale gas play in northeastern British Columbia and the Bakken Formation in Saskatchewan and North Dakota.