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Oil and gas companies often come in for rough handling when the general public weighs in on them. People fault them for being greedy: "Look at those billions in profits!" Careless: see 2010 Deepwater Horizon, Gulf of Mexico; 2005 BP Texas City, Tex., refinery. Arrogant and dismissive: "We've been fracing wells since the ‘40s!" and "That gas in your well water isn't from my gas well!" And, say the cynics, who for a minute takes seriously those ads touting an oil and gas company's community service or careful modes of operating? Their targets are investors, not Mom and Pop on a bucolic western Pennsylvania farm. Major energy industry associations mostly shrug t...

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