Business professor Eric Smith urges a pragmatic approach in using shale-derived natural gas.
He writes at the web site Newgeography about shale gas and what he sees as the "Janus effect" in the environmental community.
Environmentalists are reacting to shale gas in three ways, he said: As pragmatists, as fatalists and as idealogues.
"Natural gas based power generation represents the ideologue’s worst nightmare. They know that increasing the use of natural gas for a generation undermines the economic value of renewable-based generating companies," Smith writes.
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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.
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The Ohio Environmental Council, a statewide eco-group based in Columbus.
Earthjustice, a national eco-group.
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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Pipeline, blog from Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Marcellus shale drilling.
Allegheny Front, environmental public radio for Western Pennsylvania.