Feds Dole Out $4.8M to National Labs for Fracking Research

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The feds are falling in love with fracking. Who knew?! The National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) has just awarded six research projects to U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) national laboratories to advance fundamental shale research. The two-year projects, totaling $4.8 million, “will investigate the processes associated with hydrocarbon extraction from unconventional shale reservoirs and lead to a better understanding of factors affecting prudent resource development.” Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has three of the projects. The other three go to Los Alamos National Laboratory, Sandia National Laboratories and the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center (SLAC) National Accelerator Laboratory. The projects aim to fill in “knowledge gaps” and will ultimately, hopefully, lead to fracking done more safely and in an “environmentally responsible” way. Here’s a description of the studies the grants will fund…

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