A new report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) confirms what many small-government environmentalists have been saying for years: States are more effective at regulating the disposal of wastewater from hydraulic fracturing operations than is the Environmental Protection Agency.
In six short years, the word "shale" has taken on new and significant meaning for the future development of Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.
This is in response to Dan Simpson's July 30 column, "Fracking Compromises the Future."
Shale has entered the language - and the income stream - of Western Pennsylvanians. But whatever the regional payoff, shale is the best reason for national optimism to come along in a generation.
To see the positive impact responsible shale development is having across our region, look no further than the new and expanded hotels, bustling restaurants, thriving small businesses and contractors whose phones are ringing off the hook.
Pennsylvania needs to invest more resources into developing the hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," industry in the Marcellus Shale. Most people know that fracking has played a big role in stabilizing Pennsylvania's economy during the recent recession.
Extracting gas can help improve state parks and forests
Delaney Leigh, a Kalispell native, is an oil engineer and a graduate of Montana Tech University. She has worked for an oil services company for the past decade and has lived/worked in Siberia, Calgary and Denver. She has posted an article on the truth about fracking.
Recently, Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal issued a sober warning to his government that, "rising North American shale gas production is an inevitable threat" to the economy of Saudi Arabia.
It's time to understand the truth about fracking and natural-gas exploration in Pennsylvania.