“Gas Shales in Europe, 2012 - Market Analysis, Industry Development and Competitive Landscape”, analyze shale gas prospects and developments in Europe.The report provides information about Europe’s current shale gas market, and gives information on the European natural gas industry, the region’s shale gas reserves and their contribution to the international markets. Natural gas has been an important resource for Europe, especially with the steady rise in its natural gas demand over many years. Currently, Europe’s consumption for natural gas surpasses the region’s domestic production, and is higher than twice the region’s gas production. This has led to increased imports mostly from Russia, Norway, Algeria and Qatar. This increased dependency on imports has led to a drive within Europe to seek alternative sources of natural gas and shale gas, the latter of which, in this scenario, has emerged as a lucrative option.