"BRUSSELS -- Opportunities in oil and natural gas have rarely been so bountiful. New finds and technological advances and fresh access to some countries are pushing exploration and production into areas once considered peripheral.
Some of the most promising new fields are in deep water off the coast of Brazil. Experts say they could yield as much oil as the North Sea. There have been significant strikes off the coast of French Guiana, north of Brazil, and off Ghana in West Africa.
Iraq is opening up after years of sanctions and war. It could be a second Saudi Arabia.
Russia is increasing production in its Arctic regions, while Canada is steadily producing more oil from its abundant tar sands.
In the United States, the vast deposits of natural gas found in shale rock could transform the country into a major energy exporter."