April 13, 2012

Scientists urge tighter fracking standards

An influential group of scientists has urged US officials to step up their policing of shale gas operations and to consider stronger regulations to reduce environmental and health risks at the facilities.
The scientists called on regulators to revisit, and in many cases beef up, their guidelines to avoid surface spills at shale gas works, and to ensure the safe storage and disposal of toxic fluids used in controversial hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, operations.
The scientists recommended that states do more to prevent accidents, such as spillages, underground leaks and gas explosions.

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