Fracking Pioneer Encourages More Regulation

The public radio show Marketplace, recently aired an interview with the Godfather of fracking, George Mitchell. Mitchell talks about how the birth of modern hydraulic fracturing for shale gas began with an act of desperation. But perhaps even more significant is what Mitchell says about his fracking colleagues at the very end of the piece.

And Mitchell wants stiff regulation of drillers, especially small, independent players.

“I’ve had too much experience running independents,” Mitchell says. “They’re wild people. You just can’t control them. And if it doesn’t do it right, penalize the oil and gas people. Get tough with them.”



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