Shale gas operators should learn from Oklahoma

09/8/2010 | Oklahoman (Oklahoma City), The

The problems faced by Pennsylvania's and New York's shale natural gas sectors are largely because of the region's lack of experience in handling mineral wealth, says David House, chairman of the Oklahoma Energy Resources Board. States with a history of oil and gas exploration are better prepared to regulate and run operations, he argues. "In the 60 years we have used practices such as hydraulic fracturing, we have had no confirmed cases of the procedure contaminating drinking-water sources," he notes.

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Oklahoman (Oklahoma City), The