RIO DE JANEIRO—For many years, shale gas activities have been discussed without due importance in Brazil. However, this may change over the next few years, according to ANP, Brazil’s oil and gas regulator. The goal is to follow what has been done in U.S. shale plays and try to adapt the technology and methods implemented by U.S. companies.

“I think this discussion should have happened in Brazil some time ago. Brazil has the potential for unconventional gas,” said ANP general director Decio Oddone. “It is very frustrating to redo every day the option for poverty by not exploring the resources we have.”

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