Center created to set shale-drilling standards

Center created to set shale-drilling standards

A group of environmental organizations and energy companies formed an independent center that will set standards for shaledrilling in the U.S.

The new Center for Sustainable Shale Development (CSSD), the first of its kind in the U.S., seeks to set high operational standards for companies drillers to minimize environmental risk.

Gas output in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia is booming as drillers unlock shale deposits, also called fracking, that shoots water, sand and chemicals underground to crack rock and free trapped gas. The process has spurred complaints from environmental groups about increased air pollution and water contamination.

“Shale gas has transformed our nation’s energy mix, while both offering environmental benefits and posing serious environmental challenges,” Fred Krupp, president of the Environmental Defense Fund, a group part of the venture, said Wednesday in a statement.

The center’s standards will limit flaring, encourage maximum water recycling and reduce the toxicity of the fracking fluid.

Updated : 2021-03-03 11:17 GMT+08:00