Major U.S. energy companies and environmental groups agree on protection standards for shale drilling

An agreement between some major U.S. energy companies and environment groups on a "voluntary set of standards for gas and oil drilling in Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia" is being hailed for its collaborative approach to protecting the air and water and minimizing "the release of global warming gases from the Utica and Marcellus shales," Akron Beacon Journal reports. Drilling and pipeline companies will "be encouraged to submit to an independent review of their operations" through a third-party process that will evaluate fifteen specific environmental standards, the article said. For more, including a list of participants and standards, read the full story.

Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia