Shale gas production featured strongly again today with a thought provoking article on fracking in the New York Times. I highly recommend it. It once again shows the strong role politics plays in energy production. This is no surprise since energy is a multi-billion dollar per day industry. It is also no secret that the fossil fuel industry, including the gas industry, spends millions on lobbying in Washington and at state levels.
I think that the pressure applied by the gas industry and supporters will lead to fracking permits, some of which will be given too hastily and without enough thought or oversight. What I hope is that the current debate, and the many protesting voices raised from other segments of the population, will help to caution the industry, and convince it that it is better to be safe than sorry.