There has been a lot of quiet development in the USA on extracting deep 'shale gas' deposits. Now the stuff is showing up all over Western Europe. The Kremlin's ability to turn the taps on and off might be numbered. http://en.rian.ru/business/20100406/158452243.html "The Russian business daily Kommersant reported on Tuesday that Poland could become the largest gas supplier for Europe following the discovery of large reserves of shale in the Central European country. If Poland's gas resources are proved, total gas reserves in Europe will jump 47% and European shale gas extraction projects would pose a serious threat to Russian energy giant Gazprom in the next ten years, the paper said."