The earthquake risk

Much about the future of energy policy everywhere relates to balancing the promise of unconventional oil and gas resources against environmental problems associated with their development and use. For the oil and gas industry and environmentalists, this is new ground. Sure, the industry and those who oppose its work on environmental grounds have had to balance values in conflict in the past. But the weights haven't been as great as they are now. Unconventional oil and gas—unconventional because of the nature of the fluids or the rocks that contain them—exist in exponentially greater amounts than do their conventional counterparts. That's the energy promise. But their development and produ...

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