Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Two fracking stories

1. The Industry analysis of Duke's Marcellus Shale study.

Scientifically, the PSU proceedures are clearly much stronger.  That being said, the problem the industry will run into is it is impossible to prove something is safe.  All you can do in these studies is to show you found no evidence that it isn't safe.  That should be good enough (its good enough for prescription drugs, for example), but I doubt it will be for some of the opponents.  I still think more studies on the environmental/health impact by objective sources are needed.

2. Illinois governor signs regulations into law for fracking.

It starts with:
Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn on Monday signed into law the nation's strictest regulations for high-volume oil and gas drilling.
I disagree, as in New York you can't frack right now.  Further, the environmental groups seem pretty upset about this.  Given how left-leaning Illinois is, however, I suspect the headline is correct for states that currently allow legalized fracking.  It will be interesting to see if this causes some gas companies to choose to leave Illinois to frack elsewhere.

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