The best way to keep up the momentum of the U.S. shale revolution is to form a stakeholders commission of governors, green groups, scientists and energy companies to consolidate best practices for oil and natural gas exploration, writes industry expert Robert Manning. "Such an effort could enhance safety and, at the same time, expand fracking to states that have refused to permit it," he writes. Manning adds that piecemeal and inconsistent hydraulic fracturing regulations in different states do not help much in addressing public concerns and only put the entire industry at risk.

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