Accenture released a report December 10 urging oil and gas producers to use the United States’ experience in natural gas development as a model for developing shale gas in countries with varying geologies and water conditions, such as China. The paper, Water and Shale Gas Development: Leveraging the US Experience in New Shale Developments, concluded that shale gas production is water intensive; a typical well requires about 5 million gallons of water to drill and frack.