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.