US Government Role in Shale Gas Fracking History: An Overview

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March 2, 2012 | Jesse Jenkins, Michael Shellenberger, Ted Nordhaus, Alex Trembath,

The history behind the shale gas boom remained relatively unknown until late 2011, when researchers at the Breakthrough Institute conducted an extensive investigation revealing the role that federal agencies like the Department of Energy and the National Laboratories played in supporting gas industry experimentation with shale fracking.

Featured in the Washington Post and the President's 2012 State of the Union, this Breakthrough investigation enunciates again the crucial role that the federal government has always played in technological innovation.

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