Natural gas industry leaders and environmentalists debate hydraulic fracturing

During The Wall Street Journal-sponsored 2012 ECO:nomics conference last week, Aubrey K. McClendon, chairman and CEO of Chesapeake Energy, and Edward E. Cohen, president and CEO of Atlas Energy, were interviewed by Russell Gold, an energy reporter for The Wall Street Journal, on the subject of whether the feat of developing hydraulic fracturing as a technology has been overshadowed by the industry's loss in the public relations war. While McClendon touted natural gas as the "only scalable, affordable alternative" for those concerned about global warming's connection with coal consumption, Paul Gallay, president of the nonprofit advocacy group Riverkeeper, derided McClendon's use of operations in Fort Worth as proof that hydraulic fracturing is environmentally safe. For more, read an excerpt from the discussion here.