States Can Handle Hydraulic Fracturing: Gas Industry

Law360, New York (June 1, 2009, 12:00 AM EDT) -- An environmentally controversial method of gas extraction called hydraulic fracturing is best regulated by states, an expert from an industry-funded group and a top energy company official told Congress on Thursday.

“Shale gas no longer just has potential; it is real and it is a game-changer,” said Chesapeake Energy Corp. Vice President Mike John, who argued that state regulations are adequate to protect the environment from groundwater contamination and other potential hazards.

Hydraulic fracturing — in which water, sand and chemicals are injected into rock formations...
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