FOCUS: UNCONVENTIONAL OIL & GAS: Much of industry awaits more details on new shale coalition

Reactions varied widely following formation of the Center for Sustainable Shale Development, which was set up by a coalition of environmental groups, foundations, and some oil companies to strengthen operating standards for natural gas shale formations in Pennsylvania and across the Appalachian basin. Coalition members are Royal Dutch Shell PLC, Chevron Corp., the Environmental Defense Fund, the Clean Air Task Force, EQT Corp., Consol Energy, and the Pennsylvania Environmental Council. CSSD outlined 15 initial standards that primarily focus on water protection and air emissions. The group also plans to eventually provide an independent certification process to verify operator compliance (...

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