PA MCOR Director Goes on the Road — to Alergia

We’ve never been to Algeria, but Thomas Murphy, the co-director of the Marcellus Center for Outreach and Research (MCOR), has. Last week Murphy attended an oil and gas conference in Algiers, Algeria to present on the “American experience” in extracting oil and gas from shale. We don’t have a transcript of his statements, but we do have international reaction. According to reports, Murphy admitted that “the shale industry will always pose some environmental risk” including “the contamination of aquifers, infiltration of natural gas in drinking water or failures related to landfill processes of chemical and radioactive waste are the main risks relating to the exploitation of unconventional gas.” We suspect the comments in context are a simple acknowledgement that you have to be careful and follow regulations to avoid problems. But international Arab media seems to be presenting his comments as some sort of grudging admission that shale drilling pollutes the environment, which of course is not the case (when it’s done properly)…

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