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Report: Efforts under way for safer, more transparent shale fracking

By Jim Mackinnon Published: August 31, 2012

There are developments going  on "behind the scenes" to develop safer hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, processes and help win over public acceptance of the technology, The Energy Collective writes.

A new "Institute for Gas Drilling Excellence" or something similarly named, for the Marcellus Shale, apparently is in the works, The Energy Collective says:

"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. and the world.

"The funding of research by the philanthropic arm of New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the foundation created by the pioneer of fracking — George P. Mitchell of what used to be Mitchell Energy & Development near Houston –  along with efforts the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), a new institute for gas drilling excellence, more inputs from the Marcellus Shale Coalition and other possible collaborations collectively hold the potential to significantly raise the bar on fracking and earn public confidence along the way."

Read the whole thing here.

 

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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.

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Utica Shale, a compilation of Utica shale activities.

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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.

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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.

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Penn State Marcellus Center.

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

Allegheny Front, environmental public radio for Western Pennsylvania.