Encana has huge acreage in the shale basins and my concern would be whether or not facilities are in place to actually process the shale, how are they dealing with the issue of material that has been heated to extract the oil (is it dumped back into the open pit holes because you cannot just pump the oil out like a conventional well), what stresses does this put on other economic activities from tourism to agriculture and forestry and finally what lawsuits are on the horizon even if the land is federally owned. A change in who controls the Legislative branches can put the kabosh on all the grandiose plans being pushed by those who want investors to be involved. In addition, are we going to stop buying oil from the Middle East or Latin America or will we need it to fuel the shale operations as it takes energy (lots of it) to extract the oil from shale. This technology may well pan out for the United States but it will not be next year or the year after or the year after that. If you see pure shale plays as a good investment for your funds then buy, put in a safe deposit box and hope your children or grandchildren will benefit.