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Bloomberg News: Maximize shale gas promise by solving problems

By Bob Downing Published: February 23, 2012

The editors of Bloomberg News on Thursday said shale gas offers America tremendous opportunity, but that environmental problems must be solved first.

"Anything as big and as promising as shale gas is bound to be complicated," the editors wrote.

The shale gas, including Ohio's Utica shale, offers wonderful opportunities.

But there is a problem: "The public still has well-founded concerns about the safety of fracking," they wrote.

Some critics may be overboard, but  legitimate issues remain to be addressed: earthquakes with injection wells, water pollution, greenhouse gas emissions and air quality, Bloomberg wrote in a well-thought-out analysis.

It urged the government agencies and industry to work together to resolve those concerns, even if it takes time and money.

The Obama Administration is proposing to spend $45 million in the 2013 federal budget on fracking research and development.

"To ensure that fracking realizes its promise, both the cost and the delay are worthwhile," the editors wrote.

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Utica and Marcellus shale web sites

Ohio Department of Natural Resources' Division of Oil and Gas Resources Management State agency Web site.

ODNR Division of Oil and Gas Resources Management. State drilling permits. List is updated weekly.

ODNR Division of Geological Survey.

Ohio Environmental Protection Agency.

Ohio State University Extension.

Ohio Farm Bureau.

Ohio Oil and Gas Association, a Granville-based group that represents 1,500 Ohio energy-related companies.

Ohio Oil & Gas Energy Education Program.

Energy In Depth, a trade group.

Marcellus and Utica Shale Resource Center by Ohio law firm Bricker & Eckler.

Utica Shale, a compilation of Utica shale activities.

Landman Report Card, a site that looks at companies involved in gas and oil leases.FracFocus, a compilation of chemicals used in fracking individual wells as reported voluntarily by some drillers.

Chesapeake Energy Corp,the Oklahoma-based firm is the No. 1 driller in Ohio.

Rig Count Interactive Map by Baker Hughes, an energy services company.

Shale Sheet Fracking, a Youngstown Vindicator blog.

National Geographic's The Great Shale Rush.

The Ohio Environmental Council, a statewide eco-group based in Columbus.

Buckeye Forest Council.

Earthjustice, a national eco-group.

Stop Fracking Ohio.

People's Oil and Gas Collaborative-Ohio, a grass-roots group in Northeast Ohio.

Concerned Citizens of Medina County, a grass-roots group.

No Frack Ohio, a Columbus-based grass-roots group.

Fracking: Gas Drilling's Environmental Threat by ProPublica, an online journalism site.

Penn State Marcellus Center.

Pipeline, blog from Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Marcellus shale drilling.

Allegheny Front, environmental public radio for Western Pennsylvania.