Watching Government: Fracing's burden of proof

The observation was one of the few cautionary notes during the Bipartisan Policy Center's otherwise upbeat conference on the US shale gas boom's implications for the economy, trade, and geopolitics. That made it all the more dramatic. During the July 25 conference's second panel, participants were discussing whether market opportunities would let the US export significant amounts of LNG. Then Kenneth B. Medlock, who is the energy and resource economics fellow at Rice University's James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy, suggested public concerns about unconventional gas production's possible hazards could have a significant adverse impact. "If you take shale gas out of the mix...

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