New sensible efforts are raising the bar for safer, more transparent hydraulic fracturing

The ‘voices’ in the moderate center that have been drowned out in the increasingly inflammatory debate over the hydraulic fracturing of shale natural gas are getting a growing cadre of credible allies. And with them may come a sensible way to prudently capitalize on the enormous deposits of shale gas throughout parts of the U.S. […]

How a company fracks for natural gas determines its corporate social responsibility

As energy producers find more natural gas from shale formations throughout the U.S. and the price of natural gas continues to fall it should be no surprise that a debate looms over how a company fracks for natural gas and whether it is socially responsible. On its face, with sufficient operational and risk controls in […]

Shale gas boom is THE energy story of 2010; what it means for renewables

While it poses numerous threats to groundwater, the production of Marcellus shale gas is changing just about every dimension of the U.S. energy outlook. In the recently released summary of its 2011 projections, The U.S. Energy Information Administration increased its estimate of U.S. natural gas supply pointing to a continuing low price per million cubic […]