DOE Panel Backs Fracking But Seeks More Transparency

Law360, New York (August 11, 2011, 1:38 PM EDT) -- A U.S. Department of Energy panel on Thursday endorsed the use of hydraulic fracturing for natural gas while also recommending that, to protect public health, the industry should adopt stricter regulations and make more information publicly available.

The report, by the Shale Gas Subcommittee of the Secretary of Energy Advisory Board, ordered 90 days ago by President Barack Obama, recommended measures that it said could boost air and water quality, including the adoption of “rigorous standards” for air pollutants from fracking operations.

Many of the group's...
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