Father of modern hydraulic fracturing supports stricter government regulation of the practice

George Phydias Mitchell, who during the 1990s pioneered the use of hydraulic fracturing to free natural gas from shale, said that the U.S. Department of Energy should tighten up control of and more heavily regulate the hydraulic fracturing industry, Forbes reports. Although Mitchell says that most bigger drillers are safe and responsible with their drilling activities, he contends that smaller, independent operations “are wild,” tougher to control and should be punished if they do something wrong, the article said. Mitchell also dismissed claims that tighter regulations could hurt the industry, saying that any extra costs associated with adhering to best practices would “be passed on in the price of natural gas,” the article said. For more, read the full story here.