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2012 Aspen Environment Forum: THE PATH FORWARD FOR NATURAL GAS
Topics: aef2012, Aspen Environment Forum
Publication Date: 06/23/2012
The environmental impacts of natural gas development are real. Public trust for the industry is eroding and its license to operate is at risk. Strong voices —from leading companies responding to the crisis of confidence, as well as from investors, suppliers, customers, NGOs, and other stakeholders —are joining in a powerful call for real action to get the rules right. Fred Krupp, President of the Environmental Defense Fund, served on the Secretary of Energy’s Advisory Board on shale gas and is among those leading the way forward on this highly charged issue. He’ll share his views on the challenges and opportunities of shale gas.
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