”Superb investigative journalism by the New York Times has brought the paper under attack by the natural gas industry, whose spinning and obfuscation is impeding leaders striving to institute sensible regulations.”
… “The industry’s worst actors have successfully battled reasonable regulation, stifled public disclosure while bending compliant government regulators to engineer exceptions to existing environmental rules. Captive agencies and political leaders have obligingly reduced already meager enforcement resources and helped propagate the industry’s deceptive economic projections. As a result, public skepticism toward the industry and its government regulators is at a record high. With an army of over 40,000 highly motivated anti-fracking activists in New York alone, popular mistrust of the industry is presenting a daunting impediment to its expansion. “
This interesting piece in the Huffington Post explains how the US shale gas industry is shooting itself in the foot by trying to lobby against reasonable environmental regulation concerning its fracking practices. Industry players who are trying to push for European shale gas development could learn from this and try to work with national and regional governments instead of against it.