The benefits and costs of a “golden age” of natural gas and fracking

Ecocentric: A Chesapeake Energy natural-gas well site near Burlington, Pa. Shale natural gas--usually the most boring of fuels--has been one of the hottest energy topics in 2011, alternately lionized as a cleaner-burning and plentiful power source and demonized as a poisoner of local water supplies, and even worse for the climate than coal. That debate will continue to run hot--just last week New York filed suit over potential shale gas exploration in the Delaware River Basin--but there's little doubt that......

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