Much of the debate over fracking for natural gas has centered around the potential to pollute drinking water. What's not explicit in much of the discussion is that - in Pennsylvania - the only thing that has polluted people's well water as a result of drilling is natural gas...
In Houston Business Journal, Morning Edition by Jordan Blum Reporter March 5 2014
U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz and the Environmental Defense Fund joined energy executives in supporting the unconventional energy production revolution as long as everything is done to eliminate accidents and minimize methane emissions.
Speaking at the IHS Energy CERAWeek in Houston, Moniz said the administration supports the shale gas boom as part of the president's "all-of-the-above" energy strategy. But, at the same time, the government is working long-term on "decreasing oil dependence."
"The economic impact has been tremendous," Moniz said of the shale boom. "The energy revolution has led the erection of the ladders of opportunity in terms of creating very good jobs in the economy."
He also credited the natural gas surge with improving "energy security" and decreasing carbon emissions by lowering the reliance on dirtier fuels.
Environmental Defense Fund President Fred Krupp said the shale boom is a "huge blessing and bounty for our country" that boosts the economy and lowers carbon emissions by lowering reliance on dirtier coal.
But he added a caveat.
"When it's not done right, there...