Canada: Risks of shale gas seem to outweigh the advantages

Montreal Gazette: The Charest government wants to permit the exploitation of shale gas while applying safeguards to prevent permanent damage to the environment. Is that a realistic ambition? Let’s see what steps Quebec can and cannot take to prevent environmental harm. Here are some measures that would help. Quebec: Could insist on stringent rules for capping wells that are not in use. This would help keep methane from leaking from wells, as has already happened at 19 of the 31 gas-exploration sites in Quebec.......

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